A Word From Morgan Pattison
Hello Brightblu followers and happy 2013! I’d like to offer another perspective on the Brightblu concept. My name is Morgan Pattison and I am the ‘mentor’ who sponsored the original project at UCSB. I work as a technology expert in solid-state lighting and while LEDs offer a revolutionary breakthrough in light source technology, most of us are using the same old light switch or energy dumping dimmer switch. For some buildings, there are commercial control systems but these are complicated, expensive, and don’t always work well. It doesn’t have to be this way. The vast majority of us carry around smartphones that have enough brainpower to easily control and monitor the most complicated lighting system. In coming up with the initial concept, I was inspired by another revolutionary, wireless lighting control technology – the Clapper. This is a simple low cost lighting control solution, but where is the next generation? So the Brightblu team (before they were the Brightblu team) took up the challenge of developing the hardware, software, and communications to make the concept a reality. In the process, they also demonstrated that the concept could be used for much more than just monitoring and controlling lighting. Any appliance or electronic could be controlled and monitored with a smartphone and this opens the door to full home automation that can be coupled with open source smartphone app development. The goal of Brightblu is to develop the software-hardware-communications platform that will make home automation as easy as buying, installing, and running an app on your smartphone. I’d like to see what the Angry Birds guys could come up with for home automation!