Among all the things that are scheduled to be launched at CES 2017, like smartphones, VR headsets, there is also a smart light bulb that also doubles as surveillance camera. According to a report by BBC News, light bulb makers, Bell & Wyson, will be unveiling a light bulb, which will be able to stream footage to the internet, that can be watched on tablets and smartphones. Also Read - Facebook for Android will soon get dark mode and coronavirus tracking featureAlso Read - Scientists develop soft contact lens that can zoom with a blink
Essentially, the light bulb features a concealed video camera, which is capable of streaming high quality videos. So, it works like a regular light bulb, however, on its surface it has a camera sitting on top, which is camouflaged within the exterior of the product. The camera is synced with internet, so whatever it records is live streamed and recorded on web. Also Read - Increasing smartphone usage may be resulting in growing horns on our skull; research suggests
The idea behind the device is surveillance. The makers of the video streaming light bulb believe that it can be used for security purposes to spot intruders into someone s home. Instead of installing prominent CCTV cameras, which a bugler once notices would definitely try to dodge, this light bulb is aimed at fooling a thief with its facade of just being a regular light bulb.
Talking about the control over a surveillance camera, where in you can always plug in and plug out a CCTV camera according to your need, Stephane Burlon of Bell & Wyson, says that s exactly how it works with this video streaming light bulb as well. Basically, when you switch off the light bulb, the video streaming stops as well. ALSO READ: Lenovo Windows Holographic VR headset revealed
However, that sounds like a loophole. If anyone can just switch off a bulb, then once this technology becomes even slightly popular, any intruder would be able to evade it. But, the company has made a counter for that as well. The device streaming app that accompanies the light bulb has a security features, which notifies a user every time the bulb is switched off. Therefore, you can know if the light has been turned off by an outsider.
This is still a sneak peek, and we will be able to get full details of the product at the CES 2017 only. The event kick starts tonight (IST) and will go on till January 7. Watch this space to get all the latest updates on CES 2017. ALSO READ: CES 2017: Lenovo Smart Assistant is an Amazon Echo in disguise
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