Updated. Google is kicking off its big developer’s conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco, Tuesday morning, and along with all of the apptastic, Android and API news that will come out, Google also plans to announce some kind of deal with Lighting Science Group for smart light emitting diode (LED) systems. During a keynote at 9 a.m. PDT, Google will unveil and describe the project.
I don’t know much of the details — like if this is a new product, or if Google is just installing Lighting Science Group’s LED systems in its buildings — but it sounds like a pretty big deal, and is supposed to be one of the larger announcements to come out of Google I/O.
Update: The news out of the Google keynote is that Google has partnered with Lighting Science Group to launch the first Android-connected LED bulb, so you can use your cell phone, tablet or laptop to wirelessly control these LED lights in your home. The bulb will be available by the end of the year. The bulb (pictured here) is an omnidirectional, A19, 60-watt equivalent
Google has also created its own wireless protocol to connect devices in the home — from dishwashers, to thermostats to lights — over Android. We’ll be bringing you more on the wireless protocol.
No talk of Dean Kamen’s bulb.
Previous thoughts. Here’s some speculation on my part: Entrepreneur and inventor Dean Kamen unveiled a new LED light bulb last month, which he has been using to help fund raise for his FIRST robotics group. Google pitched in with a grant to offset the initial costs of producing Kamen’s LED bulbs and also to get the price down to a point where the FIRST group can sell them for $19.99. Could Google and Lighting Science Group be turning Kamen’s FIRST LED bulb into a mass market product? I guess we’ll find out.
Another possibility is that Google and Lighting Science Group could be partnering around the work that Google has done at its own campuses with its smart energy and lighting systems. One of Google’s first projects around energy was to implement smarter lighting and building systems at its corporate campuses and Google CEO Eric Schmidt said back in 2009 that this was the low-hanging fruit for the search engine giant.
We’ll be covering the news live at 9 a.m. PDT!