I can’t wait for the day when homes, gadgets, and cars are all connected. Smart home technology is still in its “infancy” but there is no doubt everything will be connected since Google could be launching Brillo as another Android OS for the Internet of Things. While we might not be able to reach that super connected future, we can still enjoy the many benefits by starting with smart devices. For the home, smart bulbs are slowly becoming popular. They’re easily accessible now and more support are coming their way.
A group known as Pretty Smart Homes recently launched a project on Kickstarter with the aim of raising funds for the Pretty Smart Lamp. The concept is of special lamp that helps you find your missing phone while at home. You know how much like the remote control, phones go missing inside the house all the time. Don’t waste time searching for it if you can just double tap it to find what you’re looking for and more.
The Pretty Smart Lamp can also “display” notifications by notifying you off calls, Facebook alerts, emails, or texts using whatever light sequence or color you want. To dismiss notification, just tap on the lamp once. You can also charge your smartphone using the Pretty Smart Lamp via a USB cable. And since this is a smart device, the lamp can “sense” the temperature inside the room and then communicate with your smart thermostat if you have one. Feel free to personalize it by adjusting the settings including the colors, brightness, and sequences depending on your preference. Lamp connects vie Bluetooth.
There are a few designs available: orchids, the hand, hills, polar bear, friendly cloud, city streets, and wormhole. The Pretty Smart Homes team is also working on more designs for purchase. Lamp works with a compatible app developed by Yonomi for a better home automation experience.
Goal fund is $10,000 but amount raised is more than double already. As of this writing and with eight days to go before the set deadline, 263 backers have sent in more than $24,000. You can still help by backing this project by visit the designer’s Kickstarter page.
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