Kickstarter Project Spark Connects Your Lights to the Internet

SparkIf your lights could access the Internet, what would you have them do? What if your lights had built-in Wi-Fi and a robust API allowing you to download and create a number of useful mobile apps to help you make the most out of your home’s lighting?

Enter Spark, a Kickstarter project that promises to answer these questions and make the lights in your home as dynamic as the notifications feature on your smartphone. These Wi-Fi capable lights would enable you to control your home’s lighting from your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are in the world.

This would be especially useful when you’re in bed and don’t feel like getting up and walking across the room to turn the light off, away on vacation, or simply wanting to set the mood with a simple gesture.

Not only that, but Spark makes it possible to set up notifications for when text messages and other events happen on your mobile device. This feature could be invaluable to the deaf community, as finding out about a text message is practically impossible unless you have the phone on you with vibration enabled. Simply putting the phone down disconnects a deaf individual from the world until they pick the phone up and check for new messages manually. By setting up a system where various lights in your home blink and/or dim, you can make yourself immediately aware of updates as they come in.

Spark works with dimmable standard-socket lights. It basically acts as a go-between connecting your light to the socket, so no knowledge of wiring is required on your part.

You can program Spark to dim and brighten lights on a timer, making it useful for intruder deterrence and even as an alarm clock.

The makers of Spark are boasting it as a hackable project with a robust API enabling you to make lights do whatever you need them to do. The possibilities are certainly quite interesting. I could imagine some clever programmers working out voice activation and motion control.

Right now, you can pre-order a Spark for yourself for $59 through Kickstarter. Alternatively, you can throw down $300 and receive a prototype Spark unit as early as February.

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