If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
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Smart bulbs help you automate and fine-tune your lighting situation, and today you can get a four-pack of our favorite white LED bulb, the Philips Hue White Ambiance A19, for $40 on Amazon. That's down from a list price of $50 and the lowest we've ever seen it. These LED bulbs provide detailed control options, allowing you to personalize the dim, set schedules, turn lights off and on from anywhere, and more using the Philips Hue app. You can also control the bulbs using your voice when you connect them with an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomeKit. And you won't have to replace them often--each bulb lasts over 25,000 hours, or 20 years.
Alexa to change the color of a lamp from white to red is about as cool as it comes. And gosh, you can make a similar request to the Google Assistant and go from red to blue, or orange. Siri will dim the lights for you and, like the other personal assistants, turn the lights on and off, on command. Is it any wonder that smart lighting has become on the most popular categories in the growing smart home space? Jiggling with your existing door lock and exchanging it for a smart model, or adding a new doorbell with a video camera can be a chore.
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With the launch of iOS 12, iPhone owners were introduced to Siri's new Shortcuts feature that makes suggestions based on a user's routines. Numerous third-party apps -- such as Pandora, Evernote and even Google News -- already offer such integration, but one of the most eagerly anticipated platforms, Philips Hue, has been missing. Now, that wait is over -- Philips Hue users with the latest version of the app received Shortcuts support today. The update means that users can activate lighting scenes by using recorded personal phrases. In addition, Siri now learns when certain scenes are used and "suggests them for quick activation on the phone's lock screen, Siri search or Siri watch-face," Philips wrote in its App Store description.
Add some smarts to your home lighting system today with Amazon deals on a few essential lighting items. First is a two-pack of Wemo dimmer switches; usually $80 apiece, you can get the pair for $100. The Wemo dimmer switches give you control over your lights from anywhere, hub-free. Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, you'll be able to use your voice to adjust lighting conditions. You can also create schedules, dim lights, and set Night Mode to keep lights low as it gets dark.
Philips Hue's Outdoor Lightstrip is now officially official (it leaked last month), but unfortunately, it won't be landing in time for summer BBQs and backyard parties. The Outdoor Lightstrip will land in October, but pre-orders start on Aug. 20. The smaller 7-foot strip costs $89.99, and the larger 16-foot strip is $159.99. With an October launch, you'll likely be able to light your pathways in time for Halloween. The new lightstrip will be available direct from Philips Hue, as well as other retailers.
Amazon is so thoughtful, guys. They know that Prime Day is going to be a total chaos, so they've been dropping deals early for the past week in order to give Prime members less of a panic attack on July 16 and 17. Today, the countdown to Prime Day continues: Amazon is offering a Philips Hue Smart Lighting Starter Kit (complete with two smart light bulbs, a central hub, and an Echo Dot) all for $69.99. This bundle is the definition of a steal -- $69.99 is usually the price of the starter kit without the Echo Dot. If these things were all purchased separately, you'd be paying nearly $120.
Lighting might be the easiest way to start a smart home, but upgrading all of your bulbs can quickly add up, especially if you want to add color to your rooms. Today's the day to stock up: Amazon is selling Philips' most popular Hue White and Color Ambiance smart bulbs, the A19 standard LED and BR30 flood light, for $40 each, a savings of 20 percent. It's not quite the lowest price we've ever seen, but it's a great deal. Philips Hue bulbs are leaders in smart home lighting for a reason: They're longer lasting, more versatile, and more expandable than most of their competitors. With support for all three voice assistants--Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa--as well as a recently updated app that lets you easily set up scenes, location awareness, and timers for your entire system, the Hue bulbs are tough to beat at any price.
The likes of Apple's HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings may get all the credit, but they're not the only smart home ecosystems around. There's also Wink, which has been quietly building its ecosystem of products for a while now. To take advantage of the Wink ecosystem of products, you'll need a Wink Hub, and we recommend buying the second version of the hub if you haven't bought one yet. The hub is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant -- so you can still take advantage of voice controls. Once you are set up with a hub, you'll probably want to start building out your smart home devices.