El­gato Avea

Mac Format - - APPLEWORLD - £40 el­gato.com

What is it? More smart light­bulbs! Un­like bulb sets such as the Philips Hue though, the El­gato Avea doesn’t re­quire a ded­i­cated wire­less bridge unit to con­nect your bulbs to your phone, adding to its ex­pense – you just buy a bulb, screw it in and get tweak­ing. The Avea can dis­play mul­ti­ple colours, just like the Hue, but it works over Blue­tooth Smart (also known as Blue­tooth 4.0), mean­ing that your iPhone con­nects to the bulbs di­rectly over Blue­tooth with­out re­quir­ing pair­ing. When’s it due? Just re­leased. Why are we ex­cited? The Avea sys­tem looks re­ally slick, and we’ll be in­ter­ested to see how El­gato com­bines them with its other new re­lease – a HomeKit-en­abled home au­to­ma­tion sys­tem. At £40 per bulb, it’s much cheaper to get into than the Philips sys­tem, too.

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