The Super Smart Light Bulb
The idea came from a barroom conversation in April 2012 with a friend who wondered, “Is there any way I can get, like, a wireless light bulb?” Phil Bosua, the creator of Lifx bulbs recalls. “After a few beers, I said, “Well, you could probably do that with your phone somehow.” Six months of work, a dozen prototypes, and many more beers later, Bosua came up with a basic design featuring compact components that could work wirelessly and withstand the heat of a bright bulb.
His Lifx bulbs, which screw into standard lamps, are energy-efficient, last up to 25 years, and can shine in millions of different color gradations. Embedded with a Wi-Fi chip, the bulbs can be controlled with a smartphone app that lets users program on and off times, set mood lighting, and get notified of new text messages or tweets via pulsating lights. Lifx users can even turn their living room into a club by synchronizing those colored lights to music playing on their phone.