“Spark is a simple product that connects your lights to the internet so you can control them from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
The Spark Socket screws into any standard lightbulb socket, and connects to the internet over the Wi-Fi connection in your home, so that you can control your lights from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.”
The idea was inspired by Spark co founder Zach Supalla who originally wanted to create a solution for his deaf father be notified when a new text message was received. He embarked on the plan and prototype last January while still pursuing his MBA at Northwestern at the time.
Post graduation, Supalla relocated to Minneapolis where he met software developer Zac Crockett and reunited with Wildcat alum Stephanie Rich. The partners have been heads down for months to bring Spark to market through Kickstarter’s marketing + funding channel.
Possibilities of what Spark promises to offer include:
- Turn on your lights before entering a dark house
- Use your bedroom lights as a “sunrise” alarm clock, slowly fading on over 10 minutes to help you wake up naturally
- Turn off every light in the house with a push of a single button
- Dim the living room lights when you’re watching TV or eating dinner
- Turn your lights on and off while you’re on vacation so it looks like someone’s home
- Flash your lights to let you know that you’ve received a new email or text message
- Automatically dim your lights when it’s bright outside to save energy
- Software development platform that will allow people to create apps for Spark
“There’s a lot of home automation out there, but our hope is that beyond solving a problem for the deaf, we can make life simpler, more streamlined, a little more fun for all,” says Supalla.