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A Phone-Operated Lightbulb

13e92046f10e6a5eafad961d3e65b1abThomas Edison. Good guy.

Or total bastard. Hard to be sure.

What we do know is that he invented the lightbulb, and that’s awesome.

Because without lightbulbs, we wouldn’t have the Clapper. Or this...

Behold LiFx, a wi-fi-controlled LED lightbulb you can operate from your phone, currently raising funds on Kickstarter.

Consider this the biggest breakthrough in electricity since lightning struck some bald guy’s kite. It looks like a regular lightbulb/fits into places lightbulbs are supposed to fit. But inside: an LED lamp and a mini computer loaded with software that allows you to control the thing from your phone.

Which means you’ll want to preorder a few of these bulbs now. Possibly for illuminating your roller-rink disco (they’re multicolored). But probably for something else. Like lighting your home. Just screw the things into your lamps and ceiling fixtures, and download the LiFx app. Then start operating each bulb from your phone. Adjust the brightness. Connect it to your music playlist for some rhythmic mood lighting.

And if you’re the type of person who needs to occasionally get up in the morning, well, the bulb’s got a sleep timer. Just set it, and the light will gradually grow brighter until you wake up.

Or go blind.

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