KEY TRENDS: Internet of things, home networking, LED, ZigBee
Does anybody else remember when our light bulbs weren't connected to the internet?
There is perhaps a touch of overkill here, but I do like where this is heading. For $280 at Amazon.com, you can buy a kit consisting of three Philips adjustable LED bulbs plus a central control hub which hooks into the home network. An iOS app allows the homeowner to adjust lighting from near and far.
I suspect gadget lovers are throwing caution into the wind with this one as supplies appear to be consistently short despite only fair reviews. Anyway, these are not the only network-enabled bulbs around and the general trend is clear: things are looking bright for the smarter home.
For those looking to network with Chinese mobile players and understand the market: the kind producers of the Global Mobile Internet Conference 2013 and the extended "G-Trip" contacted me to share a 25% discount code with any readers who might wish to attend. You can register your attendance at http://beijing.thegmic.com/register/ and paste in the following code into the "discount code" section: GMIC-VQ9596MT
GWIC 2013. Be there. And see see Tiananmen Square.