Sony’s Light bulb is Also a Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
What do you think about Sony’s Light bulb is Also a Wireless Bluetooth Speaker?
The company has created a light bulb that doubles as a wireless Bluetooth speaker. Sony plans to remedy the problems that arise when wiring a sound system throughout the home, by integrating a two-watt speaker into a light bulb.
That particular light bulb will twist into a traditional socket. Looks like a light bulb, but it is actually more.
Simply use the bulbs in every room in your home and you have a speaker system that links to your smart devices via Bluetooth and streams music all over the house.
The bulb itself is LED and gives off a wide light while minimizing the shadow created by the integrated speaker. The speaker’s volume and the light’s brightness can be controlled with a one-touch remote.
With the SongPal app, you can either dim the light or change the volume. If you don’t want to download an app, you can use a remote control paired with Near Field Communication.
The bulb is already on sale in Japan for around $200. When it will be available in U.S. we have no idea yet.
The bright idea combines a 360-lumen bulb and a 2-watt, 40mm speaker in such a way that neither interferes with the other.
Sony says the speaker sits up front to allow for optimal sound, with the light actually reflecting around and off it as to enable a wide, clear distribution. All you do for a power source is screw it in to any standard light socket.
Though the bulb comes packaged with a remote of its own, users can also download an app to control sound and light via their Bluetooth-enabled smartphones.
Sony has launched the device in Japan on May 23rd, for a price point of ¥23,880, or about $199.
Practicality aside, it’s still a cool idea. Blending sound with light is something people have toyed with for years. But it’s hard to see exactly where this pricey new gadget would fit into everyday life.
Similar functionality is already provided by a number of products, such as Sylvania’s MusicLites and the more recently released Cosmic LED bulbs from eTiger. Sony’s offering, though, looks perhaps the most like a traditional bulb.
Sony keeps revolutionizing the world we live in and try to make our lives a bit better every day.