Android Bulbs Revive The Futuristic Home Concept
What you see on the picture is not an ordinary bulb. It’s a super smart bulb of the future, brought to you by Google and their Android@Home initiative. Remember all those age-old dreams about intelligent homes? Today they seem as overdue as glass-dome houses or hoover boards. Don’t fret– the first chapter of this story is being written before our very eyes.
It’s been less than a day since Google unveiled its plans for household domination and already we have first actual prototypes popping out. For example, a company named Lighting Science presented a LED bulb that communicates on the 900MHZ frequency – it will be able to “talk” to Android smartphones, tablets, and other Android@Home gadgets. Garden lanterns that light up as soon as they know you’re one street away? A panel on your smartphone that controls the light in your whole house, and counts the minutes every bulb operated? It’s all possible. Lighting Science is also going to manufacture the intelligent alarm lights, step lights and wall sockets.
Ok, it might not be earth-shattering. There are already similar solutions on the market. The only difference is they all have proprietary communication protocols and they’re quite expensive. Especially compared to the $30 price tag Lighting Science has in mind. Plus, Android is growing at a stunning rate. We have recently learned that each day 400.000 new Android devices are activated all over the world. Soon even your technophobic aunt will have one – and her cat too. And that’s probably just the thing that various “intelligent home” initiatives needed: a popular and widely adopted standard.
Of course, in light of the recent tracking controversy, the advent of Google-enabled devices is a bit worrying. What if the intelligent bulb reports to Google how many hours you spend in your study and how many in the living room? Or if it carefully tracks when do you go to bed and if you get enough sleep? What then?
Well, not much really. Maybe Google will offer you a sleeping pill ad next time in your search result. Maybe they’ll recommend you a self-motivational book through their partnership with Amazon. With the proliferation of intelligent devices, we will be watched from all sides anyway. So maybe we should simply change our mindset and accept it.
After all, the privacy is a small price to pay for next shiny gadget, especially if it’s a Super Smart Futuristic Bulb of the Future (with that happy, colorful Google logo on top).