General Electric has announced “Link,” a new line of smart LED light bulbs which can be controlled by an iOS device.
The new line of smart light bulbs from GE start at $15 for individual bulbs and $49 for a starter kit, which comes with two bulbs and a link hub. The device is being developed in collaboration with Quirky, which will make “Link” accessible in its Wink app in a future update.
The product comes in three variations:
A 60-watt replacement LED bulb for lamps; an LED indoor floodlamp and an LED brighter indoor/outdoor floodlamp.
The Wink iOS app will allow users to adjust various settings like brightness and create different settings for different environments using their iOS device.
Other companies have already started to show an initiative in home automation, including Philips, Apple, and Nest. Just a few weeks ago at WWDC, Apple announced HomeKit, an SDK for developers to bring home automation to iOS. With HomeKit, users can pair their devices with locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, and switches, and then control them using an app on their iOS device.
The individual “Link” light bulbs and the starter kit will be available at Home Depot starting this fall, with pre-orders starting on Monday, June 30. The company has not yet said if the smart light bulbs will be available in Canada.
[via The Next Web]