Sparking bright ideas.

Last week, I (and many other people) discovered the Spark socket, a device that easily adds computer control to dimmable “standard”-socket light bulbs using Wi-Fi. The concept of computer-controlled lighting isn’t new by any means, even for homes, but the Spark socket’s elegant design and jQuery-like API are getting a good deal of attention. I think that the power of this device is that its API enables developers to write a whole slew of apps to do creative things. Personally, I’m interested in seeing what kinds of energy efficiency applications people come up with. The quickest way to save lighting energy in the home is to switch from incandescent bulbs to other bulb types, but computer control could add another dimension to energy savings. Let’s see what bright ideas happen!

Photo “Light Bulb (40” by rockindave1, on Flickr.

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