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Philips Hue wireless dimming kit: smartening up home technology

By the end of 2015, 20 million US households will have a smart home device. But while brands keep releasing tech, many people remain underwhelmed. Philips now hopes to make smart home lighting simple with its wireless dimming kit, but can it spark interest in the modern, connected home?

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By the end of 2015, 20 million US households will have some form of smart home device – double the total from 2012. [1] Yet while manufacturers keep rolling out smart home tech, many consumers are left with unsatisfied expectations. Take 68-year-old Paul Wright, for instance, who received a Nest thermostat for his birthday – a present that sits uninstalled on a shelf. “It isn’t worth the fiddle factor,” he says, alluding to the complexity of a system which is intended for a simple task.

Some manufacturers have got it right though. Philips has released a wireless ...

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