The internet of things comes home with Light by Moore’s Cloud

A few years back when Kevin Kelly and others started talking about it, the internet of things captured my imagination. The notion that the power of hypertext and hyperconnectivity could extend to everyday things and connect them in new ways was inspiring.

The internet of things is the next stage in the digital revolution.

That’s why I was excited a few months ago when my friend, Mark Pesce, shared his idea for a new invention. That idea quickly evolved from #seekritproject into Light by Moore’s Cloud.

Light by Moore’s Cloud – photo thanks to Wolfcat

Quickly a smart bunch of people coalesced around the project and before we knew it we had three functioning prototypes – we named them Huey, Dewey, and Louie – and a plan for production and manufacturing.

The thing that excites me the most about the light is that its possibilities are only limited by one’s imagination. Because it is a light with a computer and wifi it can connect with other devices, both as master and servant. Unlike some other lights (or bulbs) coming onto the market Light by Moore’s Cloud can drive other wifi enabled devices and receive commands from them.

Key to our solution for Light by Moore’s Cloud is a rich app ecosystem. Apps that let us control light in new ways in new ways that were not possible previously.  This device can change the mood in a room at the touch of a button, or enable us to reach out to a family member and let them know how we are going. Mark often refers to this as illumination-as-a-service.

So that we can manufacture and produce Light by Moore’s Cloud at a $99 retail price we need to raise about $700,000 via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. It is a big ask and Mark has outlined the reasons for this on our blog.

We need all the help we can get. I really hope you will support our Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

UPDATE 21 Dec 2012: We have moved our crowdfunding campaign over to a self hosted platform from Kickstarter. You can reserve your Light by Moore’s Cloud here.