Why 'smart light bulbs' are awesome.
A regular lightbulb tends to come in one color and one brightness level. But now new LED bulbs promise to become any color and any brightness at any time you like. And best of all, they can be controlled by the phone in your pocket.
The most interesting thing about smart bulbs is that software companies can make all kinds of interesting applications to control them. For example, imagine a virtual flash application that replaces the camera's flash on your phone. You could set it to suddenly brighten all the bulbs in the room with white light at the moment you take a picture.
Another likely app idea is that you could take a picture of a page in a magazine or somebody's actual home and essentially tell your lightbulbs: "Give me this lighting or color scheme."
The bottom line is that smart bulbs turn lighting into an app. And with apps, anything is possible.
Here's my piece about smart light bulbs, featuring the one product you can buy now in time for the holidays and two more promised for early in the new year. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5414333/list/Here-s-a-Bright-Idea--Smart-Bulbs-for-Better-Lighting