We looked at a recent announcement from Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker Right on the heels of the announcement comes news of this cool lamp from GE. – Editor, myDigitalStartup
The cool factor of smart home technology goes up a notch with the debut of a new voice-controlled table lamp from GE.
Image: GE Lighting – The futuristic glow of GE’s new LED table lamp embedded with Amazon’s Alexa.
On Wednesday, GE debuted the first stand-alone LED table lamp embedded with Amazon Alexa Voice Service. The futuristic-looking lamp has a modern vibe, with a glowing LED-filled circular tube on a small gray base.
The voice-controlled table lamp has microphones and a speaker, so that a homeowner can simply say “lights on” or “lights off” to control the lighting, as well as give it additional Alexa commands, such as asking about the latest headlines or asking about the weather. Consumers will be able to pre-order the lamp in early 2017, with delivery by the second quarter of the year.
“The way it works essentially is it’s a table lamp. It has the Alexa Voice Service embedded inside. You could use it very much as you might use an Echo or Dot today in any room in your home to activate the Alexa service. At the same time you get a wonderful light source, a table lamp,” said Jeff Patton, general manager of Connected Home Products for GE Lighting.
GE began developing the product earlier this year because the smart home market continues to grow, with a three-fold increase expected by 2020, said Tom Stimac, chief innovation officer for GE Lighting.
“What we look at in a lot of the reviews and work that we do, the consumer wants a seamless experience, they want that ultimate experience inside a house. As we started looking at a lot of different ways of accomplishing that experience, a couple of things came to us. Lighting is in every room of the house, whether it’s the pantry, kitchen, bathroom, or closet. There’s almost no space in your home that doesn’t have some type of lighting in it,” Stimac said.
“People are wanting to get away from apps. They’re really trying to understand how not to always have their phone on them. They want to understand how things can work for them. They say, ‘how do I walk into a room and the lights just go on?’ The first component of that overall experience that we’ve seen materialize is voice. Everyone has their own voice. It’s something you use anyway. You can walk into a space and say, ‘lights on, lights off,'” Stimac said.
Stimac said new smart home products will begin rolling out in the first and second quarters of 2017.
Author – Teena Maddox – a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. With a background in fashion writing at People and W magazines and WWD, she ties together the style and substance of tech.
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