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BeON Home makes it look like you’re home, even when you’re not

This system will make having a safer, smarter home as simple as screwing in a light bulb.

Did you know that four burglaries occur every minute in the United States? That’s a startling one every 15 seconds. The good news is that most convicted burglars (90%) claim they want to avoid homes with alarm systems, saying that if they did encounter an alarm, they would abort the mission altogether. However, the bad news is that nearly two-thirds of homeowners fail to turn on their unit at all times.


Undoubtedly, the Internet of Things has made way for an influx of smart bulbs as of late. Sure, they can change colors, set the mood and even sync up to what’s playing on TV, but they may all pale in comparison to BeON Home. Last November, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup introduced the first Bluetooth Smart home protection system that rolls preventative security and emergency lighting all into one unique solution. And today, it’s now available!

As its name would imply, BeON is designed to make it look like you’re home, even when you’re not. This lets you not only can you enjoy lighting in the event of an emergency or power outage, but also taking a proactive approach to thwart potential intruders. The system itself is comprised of LED bulbs that can be plugged into any standard socket and produce 800 lumens (equivalent to 60W), along with smart modules which are hidden inside.


Sound a little familiar? Not only is it because you may’ve backed BeON on Kickstarter in 2014, but the premise is rather reminiscent of the 1990s blockbuster film Home Alone. In the movie, Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) outwits a pair of criminals by creating a DIY home security system. During one scene, Kevin goes to great lengths to set up a fake Christmas party in order to deceive the “Wet Bandits” (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) into believing that the house was inhabited.

Since intruders prefer unoccupied homes, the BeON smart modules automatically learn your family’s everyday lighting patterns and then replay them while you’re away — without having to go through such great lengths as Kevin McCallister. If a would-be burglar checks to see if you’re home by ringing the doorbell, BeON can hear the doorbell via its Atmel | SMART SAM G based sound detection engine and trigger the lights on sequentially as if you are awakening and moving throughout the house.


Even better, the LEDs can be installed just like ordinary bulbs into either lamps or recessed lights. Once in place, the system goes into action, quietly learning your activity patterns. To ensure your privacy, the bulbs communicate with one another and its accompanying mobile app locally over Bluetooth Smart. And using Qualcomm’s CSRmesh technology, notifications and messages can be carried through a network of multiple bulbs without the need for a hub or router.

And its smartness doesn’t stop there. In fact, BeON bulbs boast backup rechargeable batteries, ensuring its burglar prevention powers work even without power, and can flick on the lights whenever a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector goes off to help you escape safely.

Intrigued? The BeON starter kit — which consists of three LED bulbs and three smart modules — will run you $199, with additional bulbs $75 a piece.

Your own lighting show is one tap away with PLAYBULB garden

MiPow wants you to add colors, lighting effects and more intelligence to your garden. 

If you’re the owner of a solar outdoor lighting system, then you know all to well that it often times fails to provide enough brightness. However, one San Jose-based startup is looking to change that with their new product, the PLAYBULB garden. You may recall MiPow from a super successful Kickstarter campaign last year for their Bluetooth Smart LED flameless candle. This device sought out to “liberate” a user’s imagination through vibrant colors, controlled through an accompanying app.


Now, the company’s latest innovation is hoping to provide homeowners with a solar outdoor lighting system that can be customized based on their desires, all while offering enough lighting to illuminate a home garden or pathway. Using the PLAYBULB X app, users can adjust the lighting tone and brightness of the RGB LED garden with just the tap of a finger, as well as activate one of among five special effects.

It is purely driven by solar power, and therefore, is just as eco-friendly as the garden itself. The intelligent system is equipped with built-in sensors that are tasked with detecting the lighting condition and automatically turning on/off the garden accordingly. During the day, solar panels absorb light energy and store them in the garden’s internal lithium-ion battery. Once fully charged, the device can operate up to 20 hours.

Each PLAYBULB garden comes with two pieces of monopod, which are attached to one another to extend its height. Meanwhile, an owner can also remove the monopod if they’re just looking to place the light directly on the ground.


The latest version of PLAYBULB X supports various lighting possibilities, ranging from rainbow to flashing to candle light effects. The magic really begins to happen, however, when the Bluetooth-enabled devices are activated under group mode, which allows users to sync five pieces together. With its over-the-air upgrade feature, the system can be updated to include the latest PLAYBULB X app features enhancements, including new lighting functions and special effects.

Interested in adding a little magic to your garden? Head over to MiPower’s latest Kickstarter page, where the team has already well exceeded its initial $10,000 goal. Delivery to backers is slated for May 2015 — just in time for summer!

8 things to know this morning

Good morning, folks! If yesterday was a busy day in the office, here are a couple of tidbits of news you may have missed.

1. The Internet of Things is the hackers’ new playground. HP found 25 vulnerabilities per device including everything from TVs to thermostats to home alarms and scales.

2. The Internet of Things will thrive on energy efficiency. Among the IoT’s most important functions will be to help individuals, communities and cities become smarter energy consumers.

3. GizmoChina tears down the newly-unveiled Xiaomi Mi4. After opening up the device, the flagship smartphone is powered by Atmel’s maXTouch mXT641T controller.


4. TouchPico turns any wall into a touchscreen. The tiny handheld projector that when combined with an infrared stylus turns any surface into a giant interactive touchscreen.

5. Car owners will demand connected features in their next vehicle, study finds. Over 75% of U.S. vehicle owners with at least one connected car feature indicate these services will influence their next vehicle purchase, and over 50% rated connected services as “very important” in guiding their new vehicle purchase.


6. Smart seatbelts with embedded sensors alert drowsy drivers.Created by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV), the Heart and Respiration In-Car Embedded Non-Intrusive Sensors system works by measuring the heart rate and respiratory pace of a driver.

7. Amazon now selling customizable, 3D-printed products. Amazon announced Monday that customers will now have the ability to design their very own personalized 3D-printed products, including toys, earrings, and decorative vases.

8. Half of Americans are interested in wireless LED lighting. ON World’s recently completed survey with 1,000 U.S. consumers found that nearly half are willing to pay $10 or more for a smart wireless LED light bulb.

cPulse: An Android case to light up your life

CODLIGHT has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the cPulse, the world’s first smart LED lighting case for Android phones. Powered by the Atmel SAM3X MCU, the unit offers a new spin on LED interaction.


As its Kickstarter page notes, the cPulse consists of an edge-to-edge case and a 128 LED panel equipped with an ambilight sensor, providing users with a high intensity and colorful lighting experience. The case and its accompanying app allow you to create, share, and play your own lighting tracks just as you do with digital music. Users can also opt to create their own lighting tracks from scratch.


Compatible with any Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone, the cPulse aims to make LED lighting creative, social and of course, mobile. Its panel of LEDs can be used to display notifications and to create unique lighting ambiances.

The sleek design and external micro-USB slot assure that daily activity on your smartphone will not be hindered. CODLIGHT has even taken indispensable battery power into account stating that “One hour of colorful LED lighting accounts for merely 7% of your smartphone’s total battery capacity.”


The LED lighting experience can be used to set the mood in a room, gently wake you up, or display a flashy notification when you receive a text message.

CODLIGHT is also embracing the growing 3D printing movement by providing their case files to the Maker community. The company will then ship the required electronic elements to a Maker’s home and allow for home construction of the cPulse case.


As TechCrunch reported, CODLIGHT isn’t necessarily a phone case company, instead the French company says it wants to “’re-invent’ the way people interact with lighting. The cPulse is certainly a bold and innovative way to begin that task.

If you want to learn more about the cPulse or how you can support the development of this product, head on over to their Kickstarter page.