Aumi is a Bluetooth-enabled, multi-color LED night light that you control with your phone.
Fear of the dark, also known as nyctophobia, is an all too common developmental challenge for children. And although it is most typical for younger kids, even adults can be afraid of entering a pitch-black room or what may be lurking under the bed. Fortunately, this is where night lights have become an age-old remedy, offering just enough of a sense of security while illuminating the general layout of the space without having to turn on an entire ceiling lamp.
While the wall-mounted units have evolved ever so slightly throughout the years, they all still lack in terms of aesthetics and functionality — especially when compared to the smart home appliances of today. In an effort to change this, Maker Mitch Thompson has developed what he calls Aumi — a Bluetooth-enabled, multi-color LED night light that plugs into any outlet and be controlled right from a person’s smartphone.
Like others before it, Aumi features an LDR sensor that automatically triggers the light when it detects darkness. However, what separates Thompson’s innovation from those on the market today is that the sleek, puck-like unit is equipped with fully-adjustable RGB LEDs. Meaning, when paired with its accompanying app, users can choose from over 16 million color options. (That sure beats the traditional white glow.)
What’s more, Aumi allows users to turn on/off, dim and set timers for their lights all from their handheld gadget, as well as receive notifications like texts and calls. Or, should someone prefer to manually modify the brightness, this can be done by simply turning its aluminum bezel.
Based on an ATmega328P, the light packs a built-in LiPo battery that can last between eight to 10 hours per charge — plenty of juice to last through the darkest hours. Another nice feature is that it was designed with utmost portability in mind. In other words, children can safely leave it lying on their nightstand, and when they need to get up, just grab their Aumi and proceed out of the room. And parents, aside from being an ideal bedtime companion, Aumi can also be employed for some accent lighting around the house.
Sound like something you or your child would love to have? Head over to Aumi’s Kickstarter page, where Thompson is currently seeking $32,476. Delivery is expected to begin in December 2015.