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Qube Smart Bulb costs just £13

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We're on the cusp of a smart home revolution, but at the moment most of the tech is still too pricey and complicated for most people. This firm aims to solve at least one of those problems.

It's launched Qube, the world's most affordable smart bulb. How affordable? you ask. It costs just $19, which works out at £13. Even better, for a limited time the bulb was available for $16, which is a ridiculous £11. That seems like an amazing deal, considering the Philips Hue costs £30 for a single bulb, and £90 for the starter kit.

Like the Hue, you can control it using the app on your phone, including turning it off and on and changing the colour. It can detect your location within the house and automate your lights accordingly. You can even have the lights flash when you get a text or a call, so you don't have to constantly dig into your pocket or bag to check. Though everyone else in the room will know about it too.

Read more: Philips Hue Bridge 2.0: How smart lighting is getting smarter

You can schedule your lights to come on at a certain time each morning in order to wake you up, and you can control them from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. There's also a selection of moods to choose from, including dinner and birthday party.

Each bulb should last around 27 years before needing replacing.

It's soared past its funding goal and should ship in April next year.

MattMe

November 26, 2015, 10:05 am

Any idea how it locates your position in the house? Bluetooth on your mobile or something?

The idea of having it flash or alert you to a SMS or Facebook post in cringe-inducing.
A bulb that is 'smart' and lasts as long as suggested is an amazing prospect though. Were are indeed on the cusp.

UglyStuff

November 26, 2015, 1:06 pm

Telepathy.. Break out the tinfoil hats...!

Peter Ck

November 27, 2015, 3:06 am

More pointless complication for the sake of it (unless you're deaf, perhaps). As for lasting 27 years, don't be stupid. LEDs might be able to last that long in a theoretical universe, but any electronics inside will probably fail within months (or a couple of years at best). Not to mention that no phone that far in the future will be compatible :-o

MattMe

November 27, 2015, 10:20 am

Well at least that way it would know where 'I' am in the house, and not my phone. I think I'd get annoyed pretty quickly if I had to keep my phone on my to have lights in the house.
A proximity sensor would be better.

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