At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Wi-Fi-connected home appliances were chattier than a six-person sitcom ensemble. Fridges tweeted, told you what groceries to buy and then talked to the oven. Washers and dryers messaged the “smart” TV when the wash cycle was done, and robotic vacuums responded to a tap on a smartphone app. But at this year’s International CES it could be the smaller home devices that win the spotlight — likely a Wi-Fi connected spotlight. riven partly by innovation and partly by pure necessity — regular old incandescent bulbs are slowly being phased out in favor of energy-efficent ones — the newest wave of lightbulbs come with built-in technology that let consumers control them with simple mobile apps, so they can turn on, turn off and create ambient scenes with the flick of a smartphone.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.