These days smart speakers and smart home devices such as smart bulbs seem to go hand in hand. However setting up the entire thing can prove to be an expensive process, but if you don’t mind using GE’s own smart solution, their C by GE bulbs, then you’…More...
GE today announced two new products from its C by GE line of smart lighting products. It has introduced a new smart ceiling light and light switch. Why they might look like any other smart product of their kind, they actually offer functionality that you wouldn’t expect from a product like this. Both the ceiling light and the light switch can let you control the Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants.
GE’s new smart ceiling light looks like a disk with a speaker in the middle. It’s designed to be the main light in a room. It has support for voice controls and feedback so users can talk to it and get answers from either Alexa or Google Assistant. It can be used to control smart home gadgets and even play music.
All of the same features are also present on the smart light switch that GE has introduced today. Since it’s an in-wall switch, it can easily control any non-smart light bulb as well. The light switch also has temperature, motion, and humidity sensors built-in.
Both products have built-in hubs which can be used to control other C by GE products. The company has also said that it’s going to add support for Apple HomeKit to its portfolio.
GE has only teased both products today. It hasn’t confirmed precisely when they will be released and how much they will cost. The company will be releasing these products through the course of this year.
Just like many home appliances companies, GE is no stranger to creating smart home products. The company has been putting out its C by GE smart light bulbs for a while now, and now it looks like GE has finally decided to launch a hub for them in the form of the C-Reach (via The Verge).
Just like their C by GE bulbs which are pretty affordable, the C-Reach isn’t particularly expensive either at $50. This is a hub that helps to connect its bulbs to your home/office’s WiFi so that they can be controlled remotely or through other gadgets like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant.
According to Jeff Patton, GM Connected Home Product Management, GE Lighting, “Using voice to control lighting unlocks an entire new world of opportunities for consumers. Sitting on the couch hoping for a cozy experience for your favorite movie? Ask Alexa to dim the lights without getting up. Snuggled in bed with a book? Ask the Google Assistant to turn the lights off once you start to drift off. Away from home? Control lights remotely on the C by GE app. There are countless possibilities to add additional conveniences at home through these collaborations.”
If you’re wondering where is the support for HomeKit, not to worry as GE has promised that the hub will support it eventually, but as it stands it doesn’t. The hub is priced at $50 for the hub-only, or $65 which includes two “Life” bulbs, or $85 which includes two “Sleep” bulbs.
How do you know when your cake is ready to come out of the oven? If you’ve baked long enough, chances are you’ll instinctively know when it is ready and when it might need a little more time. Of course there are also tools like a thermometer that can help, or sticking in a toothpick works as well.
But if you’re looking to take out the guess work, then you might be interested to learn that GE Appliance’s FirstBuild has recently unveiled a smart connected piece of bakeware that can let users know when their cake is ready. According to Larry Portaro, Director, FirstBuild, “This is the first known integration between bakeware, ovens and smartphone apps, that allows anyone to bake the perfect cake based on the ideal finished temperature of the food.”
This means that even novice bakers will be able to ensure consistency in their creations, or at least as far as the baking process is concerned. Given that our home appliances are starting to get smarter, what with smart ovens, connected sous vide machines, fridges that know when it needs to be restocked, and so on, smart bakeware doesn’t really come as a surprise.
In terms of commercial availability, FirstBuild expects that it will be available in early 2018 where it will be designed to play nicely with GE Appliances’ connected ovens.
3D printing has come a long way from the days back when it was just a concept. You can buy a small one for your home for just a few hundred dollars while massive 3D printers have also been developed to print large items. General Electric has revealed that it’s developing a massive 3D printer which it’s going to use for printing jet engine parts.
GE is already 3D printing aviation parts for its customers. GE Aviation is 3D printing fuel nozzles for jet enginers that are used in Boeing and Airbus aircraft as well as narrow-body jets.
The GE group has added a new business to its ranks called GE Additive. The company calls it “the world’s largest laser-powered 3D printer.” The printer will be able to create parts that fit within one cubic meter of space.
Mohammad Ehteshami of GE Additive said in a statement that this printer is going to be used for 3D printing aviation parts that are suitable for making jet engine structural components as well as parts for single-aisle aircraft. “It will also be applicable for manufacturers in the automotive, power, and oil and gas industries,” he added.
The printer is going to get the job done by fusing fine layers of powdered metal with a laser beam. It could make the process for making complex jet engine parts easier and more cost-effective compared to the traditional methods of casting and welding.More...
Google Assistant was originally designed to live on smartphones and the Google Home, but given how we’re starting to see home appliances starting to integrate Amazon’s Alexa AI, we guess it isn’t surprising to learn that both LG and GE have announced that they are planning to integrate Google Assistant into their home appliances.
The best part is that it seems that the companies are planning on updating their existing line of products to make them compatible with Google Assistant and Google Home, which means that you won’t have to purchase brand new equipment if your current appliance is already supported with the upcoming feature.
This includes appliances such as fridges, ovens, washers, dryers, and so on. However before you get too excited at the prospect of being able to speak to your washer and tell it to start washing your clothes, users will still need a device like Google Home or their phone in order to communicate with their appliances, but basically with the integration of Google Assistant, the company plans on making it a one-stop shop, kind of like what the Home app is for iOS devices.
LG is expected to roll out support later this month, while GE has stated that support should have already begun rolling out.