Mike Chino

Google Unveils Brilliant Android-Controlled LED Light Bulb

by , 05/10/11

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Today Google flipped the switch on a remarkable new LED bulb that can be controlled by any Android device using the company’s new open-source wireless networking protocol. The search giant worked with Lighting Science Group to develop the omnidirectional 60-watt equivalent bulb, which can be dimmed or brightened on the fly by an Android-equipped smart phone, tablet, or laptop. The smart bulb is the perfect test bed for Google’s new protocol, which stands to open the door to a new wave of energy-efficient home systems.

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Next-gen lighting technology has come a long way since The Clapper – Google and Lighting Science Group’s new bulb is based on Lighting Science Group‘s A19 LED light and it features a built-in radio that interfaces with Google’s new open-source wireless protocol. Unveiled today at the I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the protocol can be used to control appliances and thermostats as well, so it may very well usher in a new wave of smart systems that self-adjust to ensure energy efficiency.

Artificial lighting accounts for about 11% of your home’s energy use, so smarter lighting systems are a surefire way to reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment – which accounts for a remarkable 38% of CO2 emissions in the US. The new bulbs are set to hit store shelves by the end of the year at prices comparable to Lighting Science Group‘s standard LED bulbs.

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Via GigaOm

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8 Comments

  1. sircody July 24, 2011 at 6:31 am

    This technology is very old, in fact i’ve been using mine since 1992…it’s called X-10…Hal…you know Hal from the old movie Space Odessey.

  2. jjoensuu May 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    hmmm or google can turn your lights off when they like

    yes I now this is heretic to write something like this about Google but I guess I will become one of the first ones burned on a stake after that religion has gotten strong enough

  3. indicium May 18, 2011 at 11:07 am

    “…that can be controlled by any Android device…”

    So I can turn my neighbours lights on and off when I like???

  4. TedC May 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Just wondered what the manufacturing e-footprint for these bulbs is and what the disposal characteristics are. Cradle to grave green is key not just operating green.

  5. qwertyuiop May 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Leaving the home without turning the lights off ? I like (and work in) the technology, I have my own “smart” house. But leaving the lights on… it’s like leaving the garage open.
    Use your brain and don’t become a slave of the technology. Technology is a tool, not a way to become stupid…

  6. thedisgruntledarchitect May 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Google is innovative for sure; I think this may add fuel to the fire for those concerned that Google can access everything about you ;) ….however, I love the idea that this can be a such a green initiative; all the times you leave the house without turning out the lights and remember later, etc. This would allow you to access your energy burning appliances and systems from outside the home, giving you control over your space even when you are gone, and adjusting things accordingly. Now, if we could get an app for the iPhone…

  7. Android Applications De... May 11, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Wow, this is great initiative by Google. Now the things like home appliances, bulbs, led etc. will be controlled by smart phones.Always wanted to part of such communities where people can share the ideas in front of big players. :)

  8. Diane Newman May 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Where can we get these??

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