LIFX plans to move beyond lightbulbs with plans for a switch

Phil Bosua, founder of LIFX. Photo by Om Malik

The company behind a $99, color-changing light bulb that so far plans to work with Nest and Apple’s HomeKit is also building out a platform of it’s own with a switch that may one day act as an interface for the internet of things. But unlike Nest or Apple, Phil Bosua, the CEO of LIFX, hopes that the internet of things doesn’t need an OS or force customers to choose a platform. In this week’s podcast he talks about his hopes for Wi-Fi and the AllSeen Alliance that is pushing the AllJoyn standard as a means to make the internet of things truly interoperable.

But before we discuss lightbulbs and why Bosua thinks Zigbee is the equivalent of Macromedia’s Flash software, Derrick Harris takes a turn as my co-host to discuss artificial intelligence and whether or not we already have robots controlling the internet of things in our home. There’s a lot of dig into this week, so tune in and chill out.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Derrick Harris and Phil Bosua, CEO of LIFX

  • When will we get the Rosie robot form the Jetsons in our homes?
  • The role machine learning and AI have on IoT
  • What is LIFX and what will they build next?
  • Wi-Fi is where it’s at and Zigbee is like Flash back in the pre-iPad days.
  • The internet of things is the platform, which is why LIFX loves AllJoyn

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