GE today announced
that its connected LED light bulbs C-Life
will gain Apple HomeKit compatibility this summer.
A new C-Reach hub with HomeKit support will allow homeowners to turn on and off their "C by GE" lights, dim them, and control bulbs individually or in groups by rooms with Siri
voice commands. The lights also should be able to be controlled with the Home app on an iPhone, iPad
, or iPod touch
running iOS 10
GE said the C-Reach hub will sell for less than $50 and will be available at a discount when bundled with some lights, according to The Verge
GE describes the C-Life as an "everyday" light bulb that provides "optimal daytime light," while the C-Sleep light bulb is supposedly "warm and calm at night" and "crisp and vibrant in the morning." A starter pack
with two C-Life and two C-Sleep light bulbs is available for $74.99 plus shipping in the United States.Discuss this article
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Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant technology, is branching out from its first home, the Echo series of devices, and finally starting to show up in third-party products. So far, we’ve seen a watch and an intercom, but GE may have the brightest idea yet: an LED lamp.
GE, which announced the new “C by GE” desktop lamp on Wednesday, says the illuminator is just the first in a series of connected products to come.
Looking a little like a silver Amazon Echo with a glowing ring attached to it, the C lamp integrates the Alexa voice service and backs it up with a microphone array and speakers. It is the first Alexa-connected lamp that does not need another third-party hub to work or control other smart-home devices that work with the ever-growing list of Alexa Skills. You can also, of course, control the lamp itself with your voice. Read more…
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