Qualcomm Will Help Any Company Build Smart Light Bulbs

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You know that magic vision of the future where light bulbs automatically turn on when you enter a room? The tech's nearly here: smart bulbs are popping up left and right. But Qualcomm could wind up accelerating the tech—and guarantee interoperability—with a complete kit that lets companies create their own smart light bulbs.


Created in partnership with LIFX, a company that Qualcomm invested in which produces smart bulbs of its own, it's got everything they need, including the LEDs, Wi-Fi connectivity to let the bulbs hop right on a consumer's home Wi-Fi network (no need for a dedicated hub), and the AllJoyn protocol which should let all sorts of connected devices control the bulbs... not just a limited array of compatible products. It's not clear yet who, if anyone, will take Qualcomm up on the offer and buy the reference designs, but they should be available now.

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