Startup Makes Smart-Home Lighting as Easy as Screwing in a Lightbulb
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Installing connected-home lighting is often costly and complicated. A new startup called Avi-On is trying to change this, starting with the seemingly mundane light switch.

Avi-On’s Bluetooth LE-based system consists of a mobile app, a light bulb, and a capacitive-touch light switch. Once installed you can set up lighting schedules, control bulb brightness, reposition a light switch in your home, or add customizable lighting to a previously unlit area. Using mesh networking (the same concept employed by the off-the-grid chatting app Firechat), pieces in the system can talk to one another without needing to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. This makes Avi-On modular and simple to set up: Just sync the hard…………… continues on Wired

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One. It only takes one columnist to change a light bulb
News from Long Beach Press Telegram:

On Sunday morning our wife asked us what we had planned for the day.

“Nothing,” we said, though we then confessed our ambitions. “Maybe work on the book for a minute, otherwise, just sit in a chair and read.”

Then we grew suspicious. “Why? What do you want me to do?”

“Nothing,” she lied.

“Come on,” we coaxed.

“Nothing,” she said again, two-thirds of the way to tying the apostle Peter’s record for denial.

We’ve been married to the same woman for 35 years. We know when “nothing” means “something.”

“What is it?”

“Well,” she said, “When you get a chance, there are a couple of light bulbs that need to be changed.”

You know what this is about? This is about our supposed incompetence at doing simple household tasks and the rage and loud cursing that accompanies our invariably botched efforts.

Our wife recently bought a new bed for our daughter. It came unassembled. Our wife gave our daughter strict orders: “Don’t let Dad try to put it together. I’m hiring someone to do it.”

This might have had something to do with the time we assembled a gigantic bunk-bed/desk/dresser unit in the living room amid tears, screaming and a full emotional and physical breakdown — and that was before we discovered that the assembled unit was too big to fit in our daughter’s room so we had to disassemble and…………… continues on Long Beach Press Telegram

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