After taking a breather from the energy-efficient light bulb barrage that was late April — check out my posts on the Philips’ EcoVantage
bulb, designer AlessiLux Lamps
from Italy, and Cree’s LED vs. incandescent Easter meltdown
— here’s more illuminating light bulb news, this time around from Google
. Yep, Google.
Following an announcement at the Google I/O
developers conference earlier this week, green tech blogs have been atwitter over news that everybody’s favorite search engine has teamed up with LED manufacturer Lighting Science Group
to unleash (at some point later this year) a wirelessly connected “intelligent” LED bulb that harnesses Google’s upcoming Android @ Home
home automation technology.
Essentially, it’s a competitively priced and supremely energy-efficient omnidirectional 60-watt equivalent light bulb with a small, embedded computer chip that can be turned on and off or dimmed with your Android
-equipped smartphone, laptop, or tablet (because really, sometimes it's just too hard
to get off the couch and switch off a light). Andrew Nusca over at Smart Planet
also explains that bulb can also be programmed to turn on and off when you walk into or exit a room (provided you have your smartphone in your hand or in your pocket) by leveraging your phone’s GPS and proximity sensors. Good grief. So much for that trusty old Clapper
Head on over to Smart Planet
to read more about this big new development that's sure to be the big talk on the floor at next week's Lightfair
trade show in Philadelphia.