Emberlight is a gadget that allows you to turn any ordinary household light in to smart light. Currently a Kickstarter project the Emberlight concept is a simple and easy way to assert control over the lights in your home with easy integration with your smartphone.
The concept of the digital home has been with us for some time now, depicting a home where electrical appliances are described as ‘smart’ because they are connected and controlled as an integrated, intelligent system. The benefits of such a system include energy saving and what better way to save energy than to better control the lights of a home.
The Emberlight device screws directly into any standard light bulb socket, with the bulb then screwed in the Emberlight device. Once installed you can then connect to the Emberlight via your home’s Wi-Fi, and configure the light to behave via a simple app on your smartphone. It is such a simple concept, I’m almost miffed I didn’t think of it myself.
There are four main things you can setup using Emberlight. Firstly, you can move past the idea of lights being on or off and dim the lights of your home just a fraction. To the eye, the difference might not be so discernible, but the power bill might turn out to be rather different. You can also setup presets that adjust and control several lights. You can then hit a pre-configured mood preset when the the girlfriend pops by.
Improved home security is also a feature, allowing you to simulate being at home while you’re away. It’s actually pretty to have control over your home’s lights from anywhere. It also means that the lights of your home can sense your return, turning on the lights as you arrive at your door. For people who live alone in particular, I guess this could be quite reassuring. It can also be set to turn light son and off as you walk around your home – assuming you’re carrying your phone with you of course. Check out the video below:
Emberlight is still looking for backers on Kickstarter, although the $50,000 target has well been breached already. If you want to be part of it, there are several Emberlight packages still available – a set of ten is $399 – with 8 days to go and an expected delivery date in Feb of next year.