Wouldn't it be nice if you could control all the light switches and other electronic peripherals in your home using one single control unit?
Home sweet Android home
Google is all set to enter your home. At the Google I/O, the company unveiled elaborate plans to take the market for "smart home" products by storm, including LED bulbs that can be controlled from an Android device. Instead of using available home-automation protocols or Wi-Fi, it uses its own wireless protocol, which is meant to prevent it from interfering with other networks.
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Let there be LED
While LED lights are slowly being brought into homes and businesses, good LED light quality comes only from the costlier fixtures. To improve the quality of light from LED sources while reducing costs, thereby improving their chances for widespread adoption, chipmaker Marvell Technology
The company's dual-string smart LED controller chip, called the 88EM8801, can increase the lighting performance of LED lights. According to the company's press release, the Marvell chip can reduce costs of LED lighting by reducing component expenses. In addition, it allows installation of a wireless chip into the bulb, and the chip can enable wireless control of the bulb from a central point.
Chipmakers are betting big on "smart home" fixtures and green technologies such as LED lighting. But before these technologies start to become as common as the light bulb currently is, costs will need to be cut drastically.
The challenge that stands before these companies, however, is not just one of cost-cutting. As with all other forms of technology, the market for "smart home" appliances has already started to get crowded. Companies such as Cisco
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