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CES 2017 Conference Panel


At this year’s CES, I spoke on a conference panel about smart lighting, entitled Smart Lighting Just Needs to Work. The panel was part of a half-day conference series sponsored by the Bluetooth SIG.

On the panel, I joined Avi-on Labs‘ COO, Dana Kunz, and Cassia Networks‘ CEO & Founder, Felix Zhao. The Bluetooth SIG‘s Director of Marketing, Katy Scheck, facilitated the panel discussion, in which we explored some of the biggest challenges facing consumers and product companies in the lighting space.

The Bluetooth SIG published a blog post highlighting some of the key takeaways from the various sessions and pointed out my callout of iDevice’s announced Instant Switch.


New York Times: The Rise of the Smartbulb

nytimes-logoI recently spoke with a reporter from the New York Times about connected bulbs, and how the landscape for consumers can be pretty confusing nowadays. A brief quote from that discussion appeared on the front page feature of the Times’ 1/22/2015 Home and Garden section.

…if you buy a set of smartbulbs and you’d like them to flash if your smoke alarm is triggered at night or your webcam detects an intruder, for instance, you may be out of luck.

As a result, said Richard Gunther, a consultant with Universal Mind, a Denver technology firm, smartbulb buyers have no choice but to do some research before they buy. “You can’t just buy a bulb and screw it in and expect it to work with your connected system,” he said.

Nadarajah Narendran, a professor and director of research at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., agreed. “If you want the additional convenience that can come with the new LEDs, you need to be ready not just with your money but with your time,” he said.

Both men expect things to get easier soon, perhaps as early as this year, as the industry coalesces around wireless standards the way the home-video industry ultimately settled on the VHS standard. The difference, they said, was that the smart-home industry will likely find ways to bridge the varying technologies, rather than leaving some consumers stranded on Betamax Island.

The full article is available online at

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