Androids, LEDs, and Google

Heads up: Google is entering the LED market.

At the Google I/O conference this week, the search giant announced a new partnership with manufacturer Lighting Science Group, as well as an exciting new product.  Coming this fall – an LED light bulb that can be controlled by an Android device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop)!

The LED light bulb will use a new mesh network wireless protocol.  In other words, the actual light bulb will be connected to the Internet so you can dim or turn off lights remotely (or program them to do so) from your Android device.

You can even program the lights to communicate with your smartphone’s GPS.  Just imagine walking into a room that automatically brightens simply because your smartphone is in your pocket.

Google and Lighting Science Group report that the first product released will be an omnidirectional 60-watt equivalent LED light bulb.  Prices will be comparable to Lighting Science Group’s standard LEDs, which range from about $20 to $35.

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

2 thoughts to “Androids, LEDs, and Google”

  1. I think this is really big news. With all the mobile devices now deployed that can run apps, it put remote controls into everyone’s hands. Will be interesting to see how quickly this catches on.

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