Tuesday 28 October 2014

Ex-Tesla and NASA Engineers Made a Smart Light Bulb

Alba Stack

Smart Light Bulb – Alba 

Great are the improvements made by man and with the help of advanced technology, have helped in enhancing the life style of individuals. Neil Joseph and Jovi Gacusan, Ex-Tesla and NASA engineers have partnered together and created a smart light bulb which according to them is an immense difference in the new lamp.

The recently unveiled Alba bulbs have sensor packed illuminator which changes brightness and colour based on the time of the day, location as well as to those who may be present in the room which is the world’s first responsive bulb.The Alba has embedded sensors which enable to respond intelligently to the surrounding atmosphere.

It begins with cooler and a much natural white hues on waking up and can switch to relaxing, warm colours when it tends to get late. It also can dim or shut off the lights whenever there is a good amount of ambient light, or if a person has left for work. Moreover it also can come to life when there is a commotion.

If interested in tweak settings, the mobile app can be used though the goal is to avoid using it as far as possible. Just like a Nest thermostat. Alba tends to learn the appropriate behaviour and enables you to keep the phone device in the pocket.

A 60% to 80% Savings on Electricity Consumption

The idea of the bulb developed when Neil Joseph while sitting around in his office, one sunny day, thought, why the lights should be on with full power when full sunlight came pouring through the windows. This led him to speculate on it resulting in the creation of Alba which is able to sense the lighting in the environment it is placed in and adjust its power accordingly.

He also claims that it can result in a 60% to 80% savings on electricity consumption when compared with the traditional LED lamp, which is already more sustainable than an incandescent lamp. Moreover, the colour of the light can also be controlled.

According to Joseph, it can shine preferably as a bluish light during the morning which can help to stimulate the brain while throughout the day; the lighting could be a more reddish colour to bring about a sense of warmth in the atmosphere.

Launch – First Quarter of 2015

Besides this, the Alba is also capable of learning the routine of the people that live within a house and can also predict when the light of a room would need to be lit and over a period of time this awareness would also tend to improve.

With the use of the app, one can set standards for certain type of light situations and the user could opt on how they would prefer the light at the time of dinner or later on. Manual adjustments could also help to add up to the data learned by Alba.

The launch of Alba is likely to take place in the first quarter of 2015 and would probably be sold in a package with two light bulbs at a cost of US$150 with additional of US$60 for each bulb. Users could pre-order the Alba system ahead of its launch for a starter kit with two bulbs according to their requirements.

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