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Wireless smart bulbs could scare away burglars

Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015

Light bulbs equipped with Wi-Fi could soon lower your electric bills and do even more -- like scaring away burglars.

Connected "smart" bulbs promise to adapt lighting to different situations, moods and locations. Through an effort led by Qualcomm, smart bulbs will be able to talk to cars, appliances and other electronics, turn on and off, and even change into millions of different colors.

Qualcomm has developed a smart bulb reference design with LIFX, which has made a Wi-Fi bulb that can glow in 16 million [M] colors. The ability for the smart bulbs to adjust by communicating with mobile devices and appliances could make lighting relevant in security, gaming, health care and other applications.

The technology is based on a framework developed by the AllSeen Alliance, a group formed around IoT technology originally created by Qualcomm, and is a step ahead in building smart homes and enabling home automation.

Some vendors have already signed up. For example, security company ADT plans to link up the smart lights to home security systems. When an alarm goes off, the security system will instruct lights to flash red and blue, which could draw attention to the home and scare away the burglar.

Read the full story by Computerworld at http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/563274/wireless-smart-bulbs-could-scare-away-burglars/