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iLuv Adds Smart LED Bulb

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – iLuv tossed its hat into the home-automation ring with the shipment of Bluetooth-controlled multicolor LED light bulbs. The $39.99-suggested Rainbow7 bulb is available at Amazon and other select retailers.

Via an iOS or Android app, users can turn lights on and off or dim them from up to 30 feet away via Bluetooth Smart technology. Users can also change the bulb’s color, choosing among more than 16 million colors, including clear white for reading. Users can group up to six bulbs in one group and create up to 10 groups to control up to 60 bulbs from the app. Rainbow7 can be also customized to follow a lighting schedule.

Kwikset Adds Touchscreen Lock

LAKE FOREST, CALIF. – Kwikset’s first stand-alone touchscreen-equipped electronic deadbolt joins a model that integrates with home-automation systems. The latter is sold only though home-automation installers.

The new $179 Smart Code 915 lets users enter a numeric code on a capacitive touchscreen to unlock the door. It will be available initially at Amazon, Build. com, and the online stores of Lowe’s and The Home Depot. It will roll out to brick-and-mortar stores in the fall, said Kwikset marketing VP Marty Hoffman.

SecureScreen technology prevents someone from guessing a user’s code by glancing at the touchscreen for smudge marks that indicate frequently used numbers. Before authorized users enter a passcode, they’re prompted to touch two numbers that light up randomly. The technology encourages the use of all numbers on the screen.


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