(Contributed by: Benjamin P., and Ryan B.)
Technology: Convo Lights with the Philips Hue light bulbs
When it was invented: July of 2014 Convo Lights became available and in 2012 the Philips Hue was invented.
By whom: No singular individual is credited in inventing Convo Lights, but it was created by Convo. And the Philips Hue was invented by Philips Lighting
How does it work?: Convo is installed into a house generally, the Philips Hue light bulbs are used. They are wifi compatible, thus can sync to the application and then set up with a device too. Convo can be set up with a VP, Mac, PC, or a mobile phone. Then what the device does is alert Convo to incoming calls, Convo then adjusts the lights accordingly. One example of this, as provided in the commercial for the product, is if you are sitting in a TV room with some friends. You have just turned the lights out to start a movie when you get a call. As soon as you answer that call, the lights will come up to allow your video to better capture you so that the other person can see you.Using the Philips Hues, color can be added to Convo. This allows for a distinguishable difference between ringing, in-call, and missed calls on a phone. Green signifies the call is ringing, normal yellow lights are for when a client is in-call, and red for when an individual has a missed call. The user can also use the Hues to customize different colors and flashing rates to different contacts.
1″Why the Name Convo?” Convo. N.p., 2012. Web. 30 Nov. 2014. <https://www.convorelay.com/company.html>.
2 “Deaf Community Empowered through Connected Home Lighting from Philips Hue.” Deaf Community Empowered through Connected Home Lighting from Philips Hue. Philips Lights, 25 Sept. 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2014. <http://www.newscenter.philips.com/main/standard/news/press/2014/20140929-deaf-community-empowered-through-connected-home-lighting-from-philips-hue.wpd#.VICXSotH3Vo>.
3 Convo Lights Ad. Convo Lights Ad. N.p., 8 July 2014. Web. 30 Nov. 2014. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQgxdjFxutY>.