The Qube is an upcoming smart bulb. Like most smart bulbs, all you need to do is screw the Qube into any light socket and pair it with the iOS, Watch OS, or Android app. Since it has WiFi, you can control the Qube from anywhere. It also has Bluetooth support, so you can connect the bulb to mobile devices and Bluetooth-emitting wearables.
Unlike most smart bulbs, the Qube only costs $19. The company is hoping to keep the costs down by selling direct to consumers. However, the Qube isn’t just an inexpensive smart bulb, but it’s an inexpensive colored smart bulb that can deliver about 16 million colors. It even has IFTTT (“If This Then That”) support.
Another interesting perk is Qube Sense, which means that the bulb can recognize whenever you enter the room (and turn on), as well as switch to your preferred settings.
“We recognize that existing smart bulb solutions are too expensive for consumers to reap the full benefits of smart lighting—especially because they need more than one or two bulbs to see results,” said Joo Siong, co-founder and VP of products for Qube. “With Qube, we have big plans to disrupt the smart bulb market by offering a truly affordable and smart light bulb to the masses.”
Qube smart bulbs are currently available for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. If you pledge early on in the campaign, you can score the Qube for $16 each. After the first 2,000 orders, you can still snag the Qube at its expected $19 MSRP. All of the initial backers can then expect the first units to ship out sometime in April 2016.
Can’t wait that long to brighten up your setup? Check out our article on the best bargains in smart LED light bulbs.