Over the last few years there has been a steady growth in home automation, and smartphone connected solutions to help you control energy waste in your home. For the most part while innovative, they have been cost prohibitive. If I were to replace every lightbulb in my home with GE’s smart bulbs I would drop about 1800 bucks on them, and when the bulb goes in a few years I have to replace it.
This KickStarter solution from Scot Herbst is something that I can get behind because it turns any light socket in your house into a smartphone controlled one. The Spark Socket runs $59.00 dollars, is Wifi enabled, controlled by your smartphone, and allows you to manage the lighting in your home from anywhere in the world. Spark goes beyond simply turning lights on and off though. The smartphone app is designed to allow you program the lights to do thins like blink when you receive an email, or slowly fade up to function as a gentle alarm clock.
One thing that I love about this product though, is the practicality of the design itself. The fact that it removes the lightbulb from the solution is brilliant. (no pun intended) By removing the bulb, you open the door to using any lightbulb in any lamp for starters. Beyond that though, you open the door to any other kind of controller that can be screwed into the socket. This opens the door to a larger audience of devices that could be controlled by your phone from anywhere, at any time.