If your idea of a perfect world includes having every lightbulb in your house come with its own IP and MAC address, you’re about to get really happy. NXP, a semiconductor company based in the Netherlands, has invented Greenchip technology, which has found its way into Wi-Fi connected lightbulbs scheduled to go on sale in 2012. Among the abilities touted by the designers of these new pieces of tech: automatic on and off switching based on movement-sensing automation; random cycling of lights to make it appear as if someone is home in an otherwise empty house; mood “lighting” states, operated by remote control or an app-driven smartphone, which let you channel your inner lighting designer; and, more mundane but just as important, power saving scheduling. The smart home just keeps getting smarter and smarter.
Fon, manufacturer of Fonera WiFi routers, which broadcast dual signals (one encrypted, one public but reserved for registered Fon users), recently announced that it has sold more that 4 million hotspots worldwide. This is an increase of more than 30%, and up from 3 million hotspots, since the beginning of 2011. “Four million hotspots is an amazing figure and proof that the Fon model works,” said Fon CEO and founder Martin Varsavsky. “Together with the spike we are seeing–one million new hotspots this year alone–the Fon network is achieving the footprint and rapid growth we have dreamed of.” The firm also builds the dual-signal technology directly into its Telco partners’ equipment.
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