Qualcomm and LIFX partner up for smart lighting reference design
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To make it even easier to build a connected light bulb, Qualcomm Atheros and startup LIFX have teamed up to create a Wi-Fi module and software that lets lighting manufacturers get a connected product on the shelves in no time. And if that weren’t enough, anyone can buy a reference design kit containing a connected A19 bulb (the typical lamp bulb) with the connected module and software) from Arrow Electronics, a distributor. Qualcomm will be showing off the module and reference designs in Las Vegas this week at CES.

The goal here is to make the Raspberry Pi of lighting, and see what digital dividends might accrue when people combine connectivity, LEDs and their brains to the concept of lamp bulbs. As someone who talks so much about lighting on her podcast that listeners complain, I’m excited about the possibilities. Qualcomm Atheros and LIFX are already working with established lighting manufacturers such as Havells Sylvania and home networking leade…………… continues on Gigaom

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