Sevenhugs’ Smart Remote

A "contextually aware" universal remote capable of controlling any smart device

Looking to simplify the endless number of apps and interfaces used to control smart-home products, French start-up Sevenhugs has introduced the first “contextually aware” universal Smart Remote. In other words, it’s the first remote to understand where it is in your home and what it’s pointing at, allowing users to simply point and click to control devices instead of switching between apps. This trick is …

“Light Recipes” are Creating Tastier Crops

Though they’re efficient at accelerating the growth of plants, fertilizers can produce unhealthy side effects. To avoid this, the GrowWise center—a Netherlands-based research lab—considers the other crucial aspect of photosynthesis: light. By playing with a mix of red and blue lights, the Philips-owned LED laboratory has found ways to drastically improve the quality of crops without having to add any artificial nutrients. “Light recipes” can …

Philips Hue

The world's smartest LED lightbulb with a range of 16 million colors and 90 shades of white

Since Edison’s invention 133 years ago little has changed in the world of lightbulbs, aside from the introduction of fluorescents and LEDs of course. Today Philips pushes the evolution with the announcement of Hue, the next step in consumer lighting, and the world’s first Web-enabled LED home lighting system. The innovative LED bulb is capable of producing nearly every color of light in the spectrum—16 …