By BizLED Bureau
Jan 20, 2016: As the world is getting smarter and smarter, smart light bulbs is not a distant reality. And like many other things in an increasingly digitally connected world ? these bulbs can now respond to voice commands.
Smart lamp pioneer LIFX has collaborated with Google to add voice control via smartphones and other mobile devices that run on Google?s Android operating system. The commands work with the LIFX app, or through Google without the app, to control the lighting system connected to it.
For smart lamps, LIFX adds Google Android voice control.
?Hands-free control of LIFX lights is at the expense of your command on your Android device,? VP, Product and Business Development, John Cameron wrote in a recent post on the official LIFX website. ?You can switch on or off the lights, adjust the brightness and can switch between extensive ranges of colors,? he further added.
The controls require the use of the ?Always On? feature on Android devices, Cameron said. Sample commands include: ?Ok Google, turn on all my lights?; ?Ok Google, switch all my lights off?; ?Ok Google, set my lights to dark blue?; ?Ok Google, make all my lights to light pink?; and ?Ok Google, make my lights brighter.?
Users have the ability to bypass the LIFX app by adding a short phrase on the end of an Always On voice command, such as in ?Ok Google, make my lights red on life-x,? Cameron said.
The LIFX bulbs are currently programmed for Andriod devices as the company did not mention voice command from any Apple device. If we compare, the Hue smart lamp from Philips responds to Siri voice commands through Apple devices. That?s because Hue supports Apple?s HomeKit home automation framework.
In an Internet discussion thread, it was revealed that currently LIFX users cannot talk to their LED lamps via Apple devices. We look forward to some development in this area as well.