LEDVANCE continues to advance light by announcing the HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 bulb that can be easily controlled via Siri and Apple’s Home app without a separate hub. Installation is easy. All you need to do is screw in the Bluetooth-enabled bulb in your favorite lamp, sync it with the Home app, and start controlling your lights. The Home app allows users to control all HomeKit accessories in one place, including lights, temperature, locks, garage doors, scenes and more.
Smart homes continue to become simplified with voice controlled lighting. Ledvance, the company behind Osram and Sylvania, just teamed up with Amazon’s Alexa AI to bring voice control to smart lightsin the home. Consumers can now connect their smart lights, which are typically controlled via smartphone, to any Amazon Alexa-powered device in their home.
The Thread Group, which develops the Thread mesh networking protocol for connected homes, launched its certification, and more than 30 products have already been submitted for testing. The Thread specification version 1.0 was released earlier this summer.
Now that the full specification was released and the Thread Group is starting to certify devices for the protocol, we should start seeing Thread-enabled devices in the market in a matter of months. Certified software stacks from ARM, Freescale and Silicon Labs should already be available this month.
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As Osram seeks new owners for its lamp business, it has smartened up its product offerings, making its Lightify range of smart LED lamps compatible with Google’s Nest home control system. Osram said the Lightify line has joined the “Works with Nest” program in the UK and Ireland, with other countries to follow soon.
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