Californian startup IntBridge has made a bet on the future. It developed a smart light that learns from your habits, thus being able to turn on the right light at the right time. Named Helium, it has launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.
Remote control of smart lights is often limited to smartphone managed actions. Helium developers have decided to make the smart light smarter by using various data – its owner geolocation, the weather, the local time, when the sun rises and sets – to predict what you want, using machine learning algorithms.
Learning from users’ habits
Helium’s functioning is based on users’ habits. If you usually sleep late on Sunday mornings, waking up around 11, the light bulb will notice and will program a progressive light alarm clock at around that time. It will also be able to locate you thanks to its Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, and light itself up when you enter a dark room.
The light bulb will also choose appropriate color temperature and brightness according to your preferences and activities. For example, if you wake up in the middle of the night and walk toward the bathroom, Helium will offer you to turn on the light using a warm yellow color and minimum brightness so that you can find your way without hurting your eyes. Likewise, during the day, the light will gradually change from a cold white (ideal to work or study) to a warmer white, close to orange, to make your eyes ready for darkness later in the day.
A learning machine… and a Wi-Fi repeater
Another interesting feature is provided by Helium: a Wi-Fi extender. The smart bulb can enhance the Wi-Fi signal in your house or flat, thus ensuring a better coverage. IntBridge has launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to finance the product, that will end in December 2016. If its $150,000 goal is reached, the smart light bulb could be commercialized in October 2017. The advertised price is relatively low for this kind of product: $39 each, $109 for three bulbs and $279 for ten.
Connectivity: W-iFi, Bluetooth
Advertised price: $39
Socket standard: E26, E27
Dimensions: 76 x 76 x 142 mm
Power: 16 watt
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