Qube is the $19 smart bulb that's taking aim at Philips Hue

If you aren't ready to invest in a $50 smart bulb, this might work instead
Super cheap smart bulb hits Indiegogo

A new Wi-Fi connected smart bulb called Qube has just hit Indiegogo, which takes aim at Philips Hue with a staggering $19 price tag.

Qube is typical of your average Wi-Fi smart bulb on the market. You can choose from a variety of preset colour options like Sunset or Party mode, set up timed lighting presets for different times of the day and control the lights while you're away.

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The bulb can also be set up to send you a visual cue when you receive a notification on your smartphone, and can be synced with a weather app to offer a visual reminder to bring your umbrella before you leave the house.

Another neat feature of Qube is that it uses Bluetooth to connect to wearable devices for location tracking instead of Geo-fencing. That means it can accurately determine when you've entered or left the room, even if your smartphone is elsewhere. It's compatible with iOS and watchOS, as well as Android devices.

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Of course, the most interesting aspect of the Qube is its price. If you pledge to the company's Indiegogo campaign within the first 72 hours, you can grab a bulb for just $16 each. Even the standard preorder price of $19, represents a bit of a bargain, although Philips Hue inventor George Yianni might have something to say about that.

The company is looking to raise $50,000 to mass-produce the Qube. You'll have to wait a bit, mind. Shipping is set for April 2016.


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