The Stack Smart Light bulb is what the Nest is for home heating and cooling. It is the first iteration in what might be the closest thing to the future of lighting. It’s not just mood lighting, it’s algorithmic interactivity lighting, or a light that knows your habits.
So, it’s really here, the smart light bulb. No other light bulb seems to compare or in reality should ever bear the name “Smart”. I have to admit that I am curious to see it in action as I know how smart the Nest is. So few tech items I’ve purchased have had an ROI of less than 12 months. If the Stack bulbs is like the Nest, then it will be a good buy.
At present my home is completely populated by LED bulbs, I made the early decision to go that way when the last CFL exploded in the kitchen. I promptly dropped the 2nd LED bulb that I purchased and rather than breaking, it just bounced on the floor. I later tested this again on the concrete floor of the garage and got the same result. All the pluses, none of the minuses and they last so much longer.
The Stack Smart bulb appears to promise much and such things always make me wary. What I really want is fine control, not just automated. And the Stack bulb needs to be controllable from outside source software, not proprietary crap like the Phillip’s Hue. I need my Nest Thermostat, Dropcam, and Stack lights to work together, rather than on their own. I need statistical information sent out to a server that I can see too (not merely through a website or app). I doubt that this will be available in the earliest models (if ever).
As we move closer to the automated home there needs to be a way to unify all the devices, that does not require me to pay a subscription (except for support). The Internet of Things is coming fast and needs a central control point that is free of the clutches of the manufacturer.
Otherwise, it’s a brilliant idea.