General Electric (GE) has announced it’s gearing up to launch a HomeKit-compatible LED light bulb.
The company hasn’t yet revealed a formal release date, but says it will land at some point later this year.
The bulb itself will be able to change colours depending on the time of day.
While this may sound like an unnecessarily flashy feature, GE says this will aid sleep, and indeed help you wake up better.
For example, it will turn amber at night in an attempt to sustain the production of melatonin needed for a restful sleep. Meanwhile, it will favour blue in the morning, which will supposedly help you drag your sorry body out of bed.
Needless to say, the bulb will connect wirelessly with any of your Apple-branded devices, whether that’s an Apple Watch, iPhone 6 or iPad Air 2, allowing you to control them remotely. You can also get Siri in on the act with voice commands.
“As we continue to grow our infrastructure business by connecting our … machines to the Internet, it is important that consumers experience connected things in easy-to-use, everyday ways,” said GE executive Beth Comstock.
“Lighting is how many first experiment with the idea of a smart home, and our insights show that consumers want the ability to control lighting from anywhere, automate lighting and pair lighting with other devices — like sensors, thermostats and door locks.”
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HomeKit itself has been a little slow off the mark. Despite being introduced by Apple last year, the vast majority of compatible products are still in development, and are unlikely to see the light of day until later this year.