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posted by Dopefish on Wednesday February 19 2014, @03:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the now-that's-a-bright-idea dept.

Lagg writes:

"Philips put out a press release detailing their new retail lighting system, which is designed for the purpose of saving power by tracking subjects in a room, then increasing or decreasing light intensity as needed. Philips also advertises a secondary feature for providing location based sale adverts to the customer directly on their smartphone. This will require the user to install an app to actually receive the sale alerts, but it's unclear exactly how this tracking will be done otherwise.

Any home automation types in the comments have a theory as to how this will work on a technical level? My best guess is that there are infrared LEDs paired with the lighting fixtures themselves that can be picked up by phones with IR sensors in them. Further, what advantages does this sort of system have in terms of lighting efficiency that an electric eye setup wouldn't accomplish just as well?"

 
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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Vanderhoth on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:52PM

    by Vanderhoth (61) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:52PM (#2664)

    VPN... Yeah, I should do that...

    I guess it wasn't a ghost turning the light on after all. ;)

    Actually it was really fun at first. I didn't tell my wife, who's very superstitious, I'd put the light in so she'd get up to go to the kitchen and I'd turn the light on from down the hall and she'd come running back to the bedroom.

    I had her really freaked out for a few days. Sometimes I wonder why I'm even still married!?

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @11:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @11:33PM (#2974)

    Big schlong?

  • (Score: 1) by unitron on Thursday February 20 2014, @03:20AM

    by unitron (70) on Thursday February 20 2014, @03:20AM (#3114) Journal

    The question isn't why you're still married, but why she is.

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    • (Score: 2) by Vanderhoth on Thursday February 20 2014, @10:32AM

      by Vanderhoth (61) on Thursday February 20 2014, @10:32AM (#3314)

      She's married because she's both attractive and awesome. Seems pretty stright forward to me.

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