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Shed some light on your home this spring with a stun­ning LED ta­ble lamp that can or­der you din­ner

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Ask this lamp ques­tions and control your smart home from it…

Light­ing con­tin­ues its ex­cit­ing con­nected-home over­haul. Last year we saw a clutch of wacky smart bulbs, in­clud­ing light­bulbs that dou­ble as cam­eras and Wi- Fi boost­ers, plus desk lamps with built-in wire­less charg­ing bases to juice- up smart­phones. This year, voice ac­ti­vated tech comes to the hum­ble ta­ble lamp…

Although, ‘hum­ble’ isn’t a word we’d use to de­scribe the C by GE Ta­ble Lamp. This in­trigu­ing, con­nected LED stunner has in­te­grated Ama­zon Alexa Voice Ser­vice (AVS), so it can lis­ten to your com­mands, re­spond and take ac­tion.

The best part? You don’t need to shell out for a sep­a­rate Ama­zon Echo unit – the lamp works in­de­pen­dently and doesn’t need to be paired with a smart­phone, smart switch or hub either.

So, what can it do? The lamp works in the same way an Ama­zon Echo does: once setup, you can ask it ques­tions, tell it to control com­pat­i­ble con­nected home tech in your house, ask it to read the weather re­port or a sum­mary of your up­com­ing ap­point­ments, and even or­der goods on­line.

De­signed in part by Richard Clark­son, the man be­hind The Cloud, a mo­tion-trig­gered thun­der­storm light and speaker, the C Ta­ble Lamp boasts a sleek body with built-in mi­cro­phones and speaker. Sim­ply plug it in to control hands-free.

The C by GE Lamp will be avail­able for pre-or­der soon (price TBC), with ship­ping to be­gin later this spring. www.cbyge.com.

About as fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing as ta­ble lamps get, the C by GE is a mas­ter­piece of de­sign. And what’s more its Alexa in­te­gra­tion means you can use it just like an Echo

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