Mi Home Security Camera 360°

Having arrived with mainly smartphones in his luggage, Xiaomi is gradually expanding its range of products available in our regions. The Chinese brand is now launching the Mi Home Security Camera 360°, a surveillance camera that, as its name suggests, can rotate 360° horizontally. Its dual engine, described as silent, also allows it to have a 96° vertical view.

The camera has a 2 megapixel sensor (f/2.1 aperture) for Full HD definition and an 8-bulb 940 nm infrared illuminator for night vision.

The Mi Home Security Camera has a motion detection function that, according to the manufacturer, uses artificial intelligence techniques for greater accuracy.

The product, which can be attached both upside down and upside down, has a microphone and speaker to talk to the person being filmed. The video, which is encoded in H.265/HEVC to take up less space, is stored on an internal microSD card (up to 64 GB) or on a connected storage medium, such as a NAS. There is no storage in the cloud, and Xiaomi ensures that wireless data transfer is encrypted.

As always with the Chinese manufacturer, the price is very affordable. The surveillance camera costs only €39 and there is no subscription. Although some Xiaomi/Aqara products are compatible with HomeKit, the camera is not, the manufacturer told us.

There remains the question of the trust that must be placed in Xiaomi to spy on its interior without sharing this with third parties, as the brand’s smartphones are not examples of privacy. But this question arises for all manufacturers of surveillance cameras. We recently learned that privacy was the least of Ring’s concerns, an American start-up that has been owned by Amazon since last year.

Hue Entertainment

Hue Entertainment has already been presented at the IFA and can already be discontinued since a few days via the Hue App. (This requires the latest updates of the Hue App as well as the bridge and lamps.) Here you can arrange your lamps schematically in a room around the monitor. Up to 10 lamps can be added to an entertainment area. Mandatory, that the whole works is the Bridge 2.0 (angular). The coloured Hue bulbs of the 3rd generation are supported. You can apparently use 2nd generation bulbs, but due to the color spectrum they are not recommended for use with Hue Entertainment. Pears from Osram, Innr or Ikea are not compatible and will probably remain so in the future. Hue clearly sets itself apart from the competition.

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Partner for Hue Entertainment

Razer as first partner

Razer was introduced as the first partner. The Hue lighting is synchronized with the Chroma lighting from Razer. This partnership definitely has gamers with corresponding peripherals as a target group. So far, Razer Chroma users have been able to adapt their mouse and keyboard lighting to the game scenes in selected games, this is now extended by a Hue integration to other lamps in the room.

This is likely to disappoint most users, as for many there isn’t a decent use case and Razer is the only officially introduced partner so far and no big streaming partners or the like have been mentioned so far. (More about this later in my personal assessment)

Hue Sync App for Windows and macOS

For the second quarter of 2018, Hue wants to launch an app that will allow any audio or audio-visual running on the computer to be analyzed in real time and translated into a light script for Hue Entertainment. It should be possible to analyze any content from music to movies to games under Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra and to generate the appropriate lighting. This should extend the range of the prospective customers by far around the Gamer clientele. But this is not yet what we want.

At this point I emphasize again that there are good possibilities for third parties to use Hue Entertainment due to the API connection.

Will Hue Entertainment work with Apple TV in the future?

George Yianni, Head of Technology for Home Systems at Philips, has already commented that it is not yet possible to analyze frames emitted by Apple TV and convert them into a corresponding lighting scene. As workaround it will however be possible to run the Hue Sync app under macOS, to analyze the images there and convert them into the corresponding light settings and to display the image of the Mac/Macbook via airplay on the Apple TV.

Other partners – My assessment

Philips has raised expectations for entertainment too high

Philips does not currently comment on Other Partners. From my point of view, I find this extremely weak and I’m certainly not the only one who has imagined more popular or useful partners as Razer. For my part, I hoped Netflix and/or Prime Video would be used as a video streaming service. Furthermore, I wouldn’t have thought that you would only support laptops / PCs (like with Hue Sync) for the time being, but maybe also take a hardware partner by the hand. Be it Playstation, Xbox or maybe the Nvidia Shield (or Android TV as platform). Especially because you already use this platform on your own Android TVs. It remains to be seen what develops out of it. The concept of Hue Entertainment sounds really great with the light background of content: music, videos and games. A platform on which you could let off steam and which Philips has often used as “Sourround for Light”. The theoretical possibilities and fantasies are great and extensive, if you think about making not only that visible on the screen, but also that what comes into the picture and so on and so forth.

Conclusion

To cut a long story short: Everything sounds nice, but so far it doesn’t work very well and so it’s unlikely that anyone will be interested in it at the moment (except the “handful” Razer Chroma users who can now use Hue bulbs for light feedback in the game as well as mouse and keyboard). If it were up to me, they shouldn’t have gotten so excited about the CES and should have gotten a bit more involved with the release with more and more partners.

Samsung Smart TVs can control PCs and smartphones

Samsung has announced for its Smart TVs the Remote Access feature that will allow you to remotely control PCs and smartphones directly from the TV screen.

Samsung wants to make its TVs even smarter and has announced the Remote Access feature that will be available on its Smart TVs from 2019. This feature will allow you to connect your TVs with PCs, tablets and smartphones, allowing users to remotely control compatible programs and apps through their Samsung Smart TVs.

Samsung, le Smart TV controlleranno PC e smartphone

Thanks to Remote Access, input devices, such as keyboards, can be connected to a Samsung Smart TV, making it easier for users to control the content on the screen.

Users can then remotely access a PC through the TV in their living room to perform various activities, including surfing the web or playing games using a keyboard and mouse.

Remote Access, in addition to allowing you to control devices directly from your TV, will allow you to access dedicated productivity cloud services directly through your web browser.

Samsung’s Smart TVs, in addition to being the centre of gravity of home entertainment, will soon become a powerful platform dedicated to productivity. The Remote Access function has been realized using VMware Horizon, a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution that Samsung and its partner VMware provide to consumers.

To address the security challenges of wireless connectivity and cloud services, Samsung has integrated its Knox security technology into Remote Access. Knox is already integrated into Samsung’s Smart TVs since 2015.

Huami Amazfit Verge Smartwatch

With Huami Amazfit Verge, Xiaomi’s strategic partner expands its product portfolio with another wearable. Compared to the Amazfit Bip or Amazfit Stratos, the new Smartwatch is equipped with an AMOLED display which, in addition to an Always-On mode, also offers a significantly better picture at the expense of battery life. All the advantages and disadvantages of the Amazfit Verge have been gathered in this test.

Technical data

  • Display 1.3 inch with 360 x 360p AMOLED display, touchscreen
  • Processor 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • RAM 512 MB
  • Internal memory 4 GB
  • Battery 390 mAhConnectivity NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS
  • App Android 4.4 / iOS 9.0
  • Dimensions | Weight 22.60 x 4.30 x 1.26 cm | 46 g

Packaging & Scope of delivery

The Huami Amazfit Verge arrived undamaged in a classic “Amazfit” packaging. At the time of our order there was no global version yet, so we (unfortunately) got the China version of GearBest. But that’s not a problem, since you can now also change the CN version to English. You can find out how to do this below!

In the scope of supply is, beside the clock, a (quite bulky) USB-A charger and a manual, in our case in Chinese. The user manual of the Global version will be in English accordingly.

Sporty design instead of business look

The Huami Amazfit Verge measures 22.60 x 4.30 x 1.26 cm and weighs only 46 g – pleasantly light! Compared to the Huami Amazfit Stratos, the new Smartwatch is not only 14 g lighter, but also somewhat more compact. The watch is completely made of plastic, which doesn’t seem cheap to me, but sporty. It is available in three different colours: “Moonlight White”, “Shadow Grey” and “Midnight Blue”.

Despite different colours, the highlights of the Amazfit Verge remain in the same colour. This includes the home button and the four small strokes around the display, which are in striking Xiaomi orange. In addition, the underside of the Smartwatch is also light grey in all versions, which probably means keeping production costs low.

The rubber wristband, which is held in case colour ex works, is basically very flexible, gives the Fitnesswatch a pleasant feeling and is 21 mm wide. Thanks to spring bars with quick-release fasteners, the bracelet can also be changed without tools.

Unfortunately, in comparison to the Amazfit Stratos or Amazfit Bip, the watch is not compatible with standardised bracelets, as the strap is tapered to 15 mm at the closure – a pity. It is also inflexible due to the material thickness of the watch case – for example, the Huami Amazfit Verge cannot be placed straight on the table.

As I mentioned briefly at the beginning, in my opinion the Huami Amazfit Verge has the most sporty design in the Amazfit Smartwatch universe. The Amazfit Bip, on the other hand, is a bit reminiscent of an AppleWatch and the Amazfit Stratos also goes well with a suit and tie. What is the most beautiful design remains a matter of taste, of course, but at least we can say that every Amazfit Smartwatch has its right to exist, if only because of the different designs.

As usual with top workmanship

Altogether the Huami Amazfit Verge is very well processed, I could not find any material or processing errors. In addition, the rubber bracelet is odourless and can be washed under running water without hesitation after strenuous training sessions. Thanks to IP68 protection, the strap does not even have to be separated from the watch.

Finally an Amazfit Smartwatch with AMOLED display

In the comments section about our test of the Amazfit Stratos some of you have expressed yourself negatively about the transflective Always-On-LC-Display of the Smartwatch. With this display technology the ambient light is reflected by the display and can therefore also be read without backlighting. Such a display is also used in the Amazfit Bip, but has some advantages but also disadvantages. For example, colours are more lenient, which is what you most often criticise.

Therefore I am happy that Huami has donated an AMOLED display to Amazfit Verge for the first time. It has a size of 1.3 inches and a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, which corresponds to a pixel density of 276 PPI. So the small screen is basically more high-resolution than the display of the Amazfit Stratos (231 PPI) and the Amazfit Bip (194 PPI). Compared to the AMOLED display of the Honor Watch Magic, however, the pixel density is lower.

The display is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 so that it can withstand the stresses and strains of everyday life and various sports units. In comparison to Amazfit Stratos and Amazfit Bip, the glass of the display is not flush with the case, but is embedded about one millimeter into the case – a small additional protection.

Rich colours and high contrast

In the test I like the new AMOLED panel very much, it convinces me with strong colors and a great contrast. The brightness of the display is infinitely adjustable on a scale of 1 – 100 %, optionally there is also an auto mode. In practice, the built-in light sensor works well and ensures that the Amazfit Verge doesn’t burn its eyes out when checking the time of day at night ? . The touch screen also reacts reliably to wiping or swipe gestures, which enables smooth operation.

As with smartphones with AMOLED display, such as the Xiaomi Mi 8 or the OnePlus 6T, the Huami Amazfit Verge offers an optional Always-On Mode. In this mode, all pixels are switched off in standby mode, except those that are responsible for displaying the time on the respective watchface.

Alexa LED light Strips and controllers

Alexa LED Strips & Controllers that you can control with your Amazon Echo.

LED Strips (also called LED Strips) and the controllers are very easy to use. Thanks to the self-adhesive back of the strips you can mount them quickly. Due to the compatibility with Amazon Alexa they can also be controlled comfortably by voice.

It is not only possible to switch the LED strips on and off, but also to change their color, if they are RGB or RGBW LED strips, and, in addition, to dim them. All by voice control via Alexa.

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Those who own an Amazon Echo Plus or Echo Show of the second generation can also integrate and use ZigBee compatible LED strips directly and without detours. But the other Echo´s (Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo & Echo Input) need a central, like the Philips Hue Hub, to integrate them.

Philips Hue LED Strips have a very good quality, but are, for many, simply too expensive, and here come so-called WLAN LED Strip Controllers into play.

As the name suggests, they connect directly to your WLAN network and, thanks to Alexa compatibility, can also be controlled via voice. Such WLAN LED controllers allow you to enter the smart home quickly and, above all, inexpensively.

Luminea LED Strip WLAN Controller

With Luminea WLAN Controller you can make your existing LED Strips smarter or combine them with other commercially available LED Strips for just 13 Euro (as of 10.02.2019).

According to the manufacturer, LED strips with a length of up to 20 meters can be used in combination with an optionally available 60 Watt power supply. Here you should of course pay attention to how much watts the respective LED strips have.

The controller communicates over a 2.4 GHz WLAN network and can be controlled with the iO.e App for Android and iOS. With the Alexa Skill of the same name, the controller can also be controlled by voice.

Luminea also offers a complete set for about 37 Euro , where everything you need is already available. In addition to the WLAN controller and power supply, a 5 meter long RGB LED strip is also included. It is dimmable and can be shortened every 10 cm.

The compatibility ends with the Luminea WLAN Controller, but not with Amazon Alexa, it also supports Google Assistant and IFTTT.

Mi-Light RGB+CCT 5 in 1 WLAN Controller

MiLight is not only on the market since yesterday, and has long before Alexa time, among other things, offered various LED lamps with remote controls. They could also be connected via WLAN and controlled with iOS or Android Apps.

Now Mi-Light also offers an LED strip controller, which is comparable to the ZigBee GLEDOPTO. Only with the difference that Mi-Light works with WLAN.

So LED strips with 12 V or 24 V can be operated at the controller, normal or colored. Via the Mi-Light Cloud App for iOS and Android and the Alexa Skill of the same name, the LED Strips can be controlled via controller via voice or smartphone.

The LED strips can be dimmed and set to warm white, cold white or coloured light via the app as well as via the language.

Simfonio WLAN LED Strip

Simfonio offers a cheap WLAN LED strip in a set. In addition to the 5 meter RGB LED Strip, which is included in the set, a power supply and the WLAN controller, an infrared remote control is also included.

Via the “Magic Home Pro” app for Android and iOS devices, you can set up and control the LED Strip Set, which costs about 30 Euro (as of February 10, 2019). In addition to voice control via Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT are also supported.

The WLAN controller included in the set can also be purchased separately and used, for example, for your existing LED strips. The price of approximately 12 euro is comparable with that of Luminea Controller.

Yeelight Lightstrip Plus

Yeelight Lightstrip Plus is an Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatible RGB LED strip. It can be set up and controlled with the Mi Home App for iOS and Android.

The LED strip included in the set is 2 meters long, has a rated output of 7.5 watts and can be extended to a total of 10 meters. It is connected via the controller to your 2.4 GHz WLAN network. The controller also has a button on the case with which the LED Strip can also be switched on and off.

By the way, if you want to connect Yeelight Lightstrip Plus with other smart devices or services, you can use its compatibility to the third party provider IFTTT.

Roborock expands to Europe

The manufacturer of Xiaomi suction & wiping robots, Roborock, is expanding into Europe.

The Xiaomi suction robots are on average available with high ratings on Amazon. Roborock already introduced suction robots to the Smart Home market last year at a good price-performance ratio.

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Since then, the manufacturer has offered its flagship suction robot Roborock S5 and the recently launched low-cost suction robot series Xiaowa.

Roborock first introduced its suction robots to the US market at the beginning of 2018 and now offers them on Amazon in Europe. The suction robots are available, among others, in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

According to the press release, the manufacturer wants to satisfy the high demand for its products in Western Europe and is therefore an integral part of Roborock’s expansion plans.

Roborock Xiaowa Series

Following the launch of the low-cost Roborock Xiaowa Lite in March 2018, the manufacturer has launched two more Xiaowa models.

Xiaowa and Xiaowa Plus are the two models with both a suction and a wiping function.

Who is Roborock?

Roborock is a company that specializes in the research, development and production of intelligent household appliances.

Roborock’s investor is Xiaomi, so Roborock is a member of Xiaomi Ecological Chain.

Its products therefore make up a large part of the Xiaomi Smart Home ecosystem. These are also known as Mijia.

Overview of smart home protocol standards

Radio standards exist so that smart home devices and systems from different manufacturers can communicate with each other and with each other. Some of them have been specially developed for use in the smart home sector, others have been improved, and others simply use existing and familiar protocols for smart devices.

Here, in the overview, we show you the most important and well-known open and closed Smart Home technologies.

Smart Home Funkstandards für die Hausautomatisierung in der Übersicht

Z-Wave

Z-Wave is one of the best-known international radio standards for Smart Home, with over 450 manufacturers now producing approximately 1700 devices for different areas with the Z-Wave or Z-Wave Plus certificate. 

It all started with two Danish engineers who developed a home automation solution in 2001. Later, in 2005, a Z-Wave alliance was formed by Sigma Designs. 

In Europe, the devices use a frequency of 868.42 MHz (now also 2.4 GHz), with a radio range of up to 200 metres outdoors and up to 30 metres indoors, depending on the building materials used. 

By building materials we mean ceilings and walls made of either reinforced concrete, cellular concrete, sand-lime brick or wood and gypsum boards, all of which influence the range of the devices.

The Z-Wave radio standard uses a meshed network (mesh topology). Each module powered by the power grid can pass the signal to another module in the grid, and here it does not matter whether it is battery powered or also powered by the power grid. This means that the more Z-Wave modules that are powered, the more stable the radio network becomes. The communication is encrypted (AES encryption with 128 bits) and bidirectional, which is the so-called two-way communication.

ZigBee

ZigBee is similar in structure to Z-Wave and is seen as a direct competitor to this radio standard. ZigBee also uses a meshed network and is also an energy efficient wireless standard. The alliance was founded in 2002, now consisting of 400 manufacturers and uses the 2.4 GHz frequency bands worldwide, 915 MHz in the USA and 868 MHz in Europe.

The radio standard uses so-called ZigBee profiles, where the requirements are determined. “ZigBee Light Link (ZLL),” for example, is used to control lighting technology and the “ZigBee Home Automation (ZHA)” profile, as the name suggests, is used to control devices in the smart home. However, this profile can also be used to control lighting technology.

The best known manufacturers who support ZigBee radio standard are, for example, Philips, Ikea and Osram with their LED luminaires series “Philips HUE”, “Osram Lightify” and “Ikea Tradfri”.

Communication here is also encrypted, but is divided into three security levels. The third level has a 128 bit AES encryption.

ZigBee 3.0

ZigBee is not the same as ZigBee, which means that ZigBee has been and is divided too much by the many existing profiles. But in order to bring all ZigBee profiles under one roof, ZigBee 3.0 has been introduced to eliminate, among other things, the disadvantages of this fragmentation.

The biggest advantage of ZigBee 3.0 certified smart devices should also be that the end user will only have to pay attention to this one certification and not to the many additional profiles.

WLAN

WLAN – “Wireless Local Area Network” is known to everyone, after all almost everyone uses it to connect wirelessly to the DSL router, for example, and thus surf the Internet comfortably with their PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

In fact, this wireless standard would be the most ideal for the smart home, precisely because of its widespread use and popularity, if it weren’t for the high energy hunger. But WLAN technology was developed to transmit large amounts of data in a short time via radio.

The frequency band is used with the most common 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz and a bandwidth of 22 MHz to 160 MHz. Due to the current hunger of WLAN radio, only devices that are powered by the power grid are considered.

Meanwhile, there are also some smart devices with WLAN connections such as light switches, sockets and even flush-mounted modules.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth, like WLAN, should be familiar to everyone, as it has been used in almost every smartphone, smart speaker and many other devices for a long time. 

BLE – (Bluetooth Low Energy) was developed especially for the “Internet of Things” and is therefore a particularly power-saving Bluetooth version.  The Bluetooth Classic range is up to 10 meters and is compared to the other wireless technologies, but, rather small.  Thanks to Bluetooth LE it should be able to be increased up to 40 meters at a transmitting power of 10 mW, but. 

In addition, the Bluetooth LE radio standard uses a star topology, where a control center distributes the data packets to all devices, and thus the load is very high.  Like the Bluetooth Classic version, BLE uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band. 

TEST: DYSON PURE COOL LINK

Even though the summer heat this year came later than hoped for, allergy sufferers have been moaning since the first early flowering plants opened their flowers. The Dyson Pure Cool Link is designed to provide an intelligent air purification system at least within its own four walls, while at the same time cooling the air. We have tested the Dyson Pure Cool Link.

Dyson Pure Cool Link – more than just a fan

The Dyson Pure Cool Link does not want to be a fan, but an air purifier. According to Dyson, it filters 99.95 percent of all allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns out of the air collected in the activated carbon filter and HEPA filter.

But what makes it really exciting and relevant for Übergizmo is its controllability via app. The app must be downloaded, an account created and connected to the Dyson Cool Pure Link in the WLAN.

The app makes the difference

Now you can set everything on your smartphone that works with the included remote control. This includes dialing one of the ten levels, the rotary movement and a sleep timer. The current setting can be read off the illuminated display on the device. The remote control is stored on a magnetic contact on the Dyson Pure Cool Link.

However, the app offers real added value elsewhere. Among other things, it shows how clean the air in the room is and what the temperature and humidity are. It compares all this with the air quality and the temperature and humidity of your outdoor environment. The Dyson Pure Cool Link receives this data via the server.

Further statistics show how long the air purifier has been working in automatic mode per day and how many hours remain before the filter has to be changed. To increase the lifetime of the filter, it is recommended to create schedules for each day of the week.

Filter causes running costs

Speaking of filters: Dyson states that after 4,300 hours of use, the filter must be replaced with a new one for 59.90 euros. This corresponds to about half a year.

Optically a dream, acoustically a grey one

If you only let the Dyson Pure Cool Link clean the air in automatic mode, it works very quietly and is practically inaudible after a few metres. In ventilation mode, on the other hand, there’s sometimes a lot of noise – really unpleasant at the highest level.

This is probably unavoidable due to the design. This problem is already familiar from other Dyson products such as the Dyson AM05 Hot + Cool (Test). Inside the Pure Cool Link, a comparatively small fan shovels the air through the device until it is expelled through the oval ring on the top.

But this also has advantages. The air purifier takes up less space, looks stylish, is absolutely injury-free to operate and blows the air as if through a duct meter wide through the air.

Happiger price

The Dyson Pure Cool Link costs 579 Euro on Dyson.de. Every six months additionally 59.90 euro become due for a new filter. Pretty steep and probably first and foremost interesting for allergy-prone Dyson fans with enough change. But even if the price is set very high: no other air purifier offers such a chic design.

Who can do without the air filtering and nevertheless the beautiful and space-saving Dyson design with the air ring prefers, becomes with Dyson.de starting from 319 euro fndig.

RING VIDEO DOORBELL 2

The manufacturer Ring has with the Video Doorbell 2 a doorbell of a special kind in its program. Not only a bell button is installed but also a Full HD camera, WLAN and two-way audio.

With the Ring Video Doorbell 2, users can monitor their home and determine who is standing in front of the door and ringing the bell. The bell is transferred to the smartphone via an app and 1080p HD video is added. The user can also hear what is going on in front of the door and, thanks to loudspeakers, talk to the visitor – even if he is not at home.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 (Bild: Ring)


The Ring Doorbell also works as a motion detector. When a movement is detected, the user is immediately notified on his smartphone. At night, the camera works with infrared, so there is no need to switch on extra light to look right in front of the door.

Video Doorbell 2 works in any home and comes with a quick-release battery so the user can charge his Doorbell without removing the device.

The apps are iOS and Android compatible. The connection to the home is maintained via WLAN (802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz). Unfortunately, the camera is not compatible with Apple’s HomeKit or any other home automation solution. Only the automation service IFTTT (If this, then that) allows a certain integration into existing processes.

The Doorbell 2 ring measures 12.83cm x 6.35cm x 2.74cm and is temperature resistant from -20°C to 48°C. The Doorbell 2 ring has a diameter of 12.83cm x 6.35cm x 2.74cm.

With about 150 Euro the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is quite cheap to get.

Biolite BaseLantern illuminates your lamp

Biolite BaseLatern, this smart lamp by Bluetooth not only illuminates you, it is also able to share its energy.

Biolite Baselantern a flattened smart lamp

This lamp does not take up more space than a sandwich in your bag, it will, however, bring you a lot. First of all, like a real lamp, it illuminates large areas, and it is also possible to extend the lighting perimeter thanks to a chain lighting principle.

Biolite BaseLantern

This smart lamp can also be used as a backup battery to recharge your phone, mp3 or camera.

In addition, Biolite offers the possibility, via its Bluetooth connection, to know in real time the energy available to you. Connectivity will also allow you to control the color and activate the lamp only when you are nearby.

The Biolite BaseLantern principle

This lamp owes its finesse to its particular system which uses the same principle as that of optical fibre. A LED at the bottom of the device illuminates the multiple reflectors on the wall of the lamp. The result is that this lamp can project up to 500 lumens for a 7800 mAh rechargeable battery and has a Bluetooth connection while remaining the size of any sandwich.

The lamp alone can illuminate for 54 hours if it has been fully charged beforehand. It is also possible to reduce the lighting time to use it as a backup battery thanks to its two USB ports. For example, with the classic BaseLantern, you can charge an iPhone 6 four times, an iPad Mini 4 1.25 times, a GoPro Hero 4 six times, a Pebble Time 47 times, etc. With the BaseLantern XL, this data increases significantly.

The Biolite BaseLantern application

Thanks to the low-power Bluetooth system, you can interact with the lamp. The application will allow you to analyze in real time the remaining energy. It will also provide you with a control of this smart object. You can manage the color, the heat, the different smart lamps, and lower the brightness.

Finally, the application allows you to create lighting effects, program an alarm and a timer, activate the light only when you get close to it and know the size of the remaining charge so you can adjust the intensity of the light accordingly. The application is very intuitive and is available on the App Store and Google Play.

A smart lamp that has the merit of being transportable at will and that illuminates much more than the smart carpet… this is certainly the reason for the public’s enthusiasm.