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GE Unveils the ‘Link’, a $15 Smart Light Bulb

GE Link

Smart home? How about smart light bulbs? GE has revealed a brand-new LED light bulb that can connect to the Web shortly after you’ve twisted it into an available socket. Dubbed the Link, the $15 light bulb will be controllable by a companion appn for iOS and Android — “Wink.” If that sounds familiar, it will be the same app used to control other appliances once the accompanying $79 Wink Hub goes on sale on July 7, thanks to a collaboration between GE and New York-based startup Quirky, which also helped produce the Link light bulb (and partnered with GE on a smart A/C, too). The Link won’t need a Wink Hub to work; you’ll be able to flip it on and off using the Wink app, which GE describes as a benefit for those who want a little more control over their home setup while they’re away from home (say, at work), those who want a bit more security when they’re away from their homes (while on vacation), or those who are otherwise too lazy to get up and hit the lights while on the couch.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.