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Roome is a gesture-controlled smart lamp

Fumbling for the light switch on the cord is so 20th century. Now you can switch your light on and off using gesture controls.

The lamp is called Roome, and it uses motion detectors to know when someone walks into the room. When they do, it automatically turns on. When it doesn’t detect any motion for a while – say you’ve fallen asleep – it switches off. Which means it’s more convenient, and saves you money on your electricity bills.

But there’s more. You can control it with a wave of your hand. Move your hand down over it, and it dims. Move it up, and it brightens. Simple.

Wave your hand horizontally over it and it turns on or off.

You can also control it through the app, if you can’t be bothered to get up. And it has two USB ports, so you and your partner can charge your phones from it while you sleep without taking up any more plug sockets.

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It’s a good idea, but it all comes down to the execution. We’ve spent many an evening sitting motionless in front of the telly, and if the light keeps switching off, it’s going to get quite annoying.

It’s passed its funding goal and still has 23 days to go. Pledge $59 (£40), and it can be yours when it ships in August.

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