GE is taking advantage of the of the culture of home-tinkerers and engineers to develop new products and product capabilities.
With the help of Maker and Hackster.io’s new partnership, GE has launched the “Lights for Life Challenge” at Maker Faire Bay Area. GE’s challenge calls upon engineers, makers, and designers to create LED-based lighting that solves certain home issues with the incorporation of voice command capabilities, and sensors. Entries must be inspired by C by GE or C-Sleep products.
“As an LED market leader, we’re bringing the future to light. We don’t create tech for sake of tech – instead we create smart LED technologies that solve every day problems,” says Tom Stimac, Chief Innovation Manager. “We know voice command is the future user experience, but we want to better understand what are the pain points for consumers inside the home and help design the next C by GE product, using LED technology + voice command and sensor technology. We are excited to work with the Maker and Hackster communities to help us invent new ways to create a more responsive environment in the home or small business.”
GE gives examples of the types of problems for which they are seeking a technological solution. For example, GE is looking for ideas about how parents will know when their kids arrive home from school while they’re still at work. Another issue that GE wants engineers to solve with its technology is how to closely monitor an elderly parent. The third example that GE gives as a technical problem, the company wants a technological method that uses LED light sockets and various sensors to help dog owners locate their dogs when it’s time to go for a walk. GE points out that the average home has 45 light sockets, which all have unobstructed vantage points and a power source, making lighting uniquely positioned to be the connector of the smart home.
GE is looking for solutions in the following areas: Healthcare/Wellness; Security; Smart Home; Convenience/Lifestyle; Home Décor; Energy Efficiency; and Work + Life Interoperability.
Participating Makers are encouraged to consider employing lighting from every angle. Makers should not overlook the possibility of using lighting including table and floor lamps to light bulbs and Bluetooth-enabled devices or voice-activated illumination and lights that are triggered by temperature sensors. Submissions are due July 19 to Hackster.
At World Maker Faire, Oct. 1-2, in New York, three winning Makers and/or Maker teams will be announced. The grand prize winner receives $25000. Other cash prizes are available. GE will develop, manufacture, and take to market the work of first place winners. The winning design will also become an extension of the C by GE product family, a new line of smart LED products that GE introduced earlier this year. Details about the GE “Lights for Life Challenge,” are available at the Lights for Life homepage at: https://www.hackster.io/challenges/LightsforLife.