When it comes to controlling our smart home, a light bulb would presumably be the first thing that might come to mind. At Sony they have thought otherwise. The Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation, who creatively came up with combining audiology with illumination, are separating the men from the boys when it comes to innovating the lights of the future home.
In Sony’s PR department the light must have been out for a few seconds when they came up with the name of this great invention, the ‘Multifunctional Light’. The ‘connected’ light can perform different tasks to make our life a little bit more automated and easy. The light gives you the option to match the mood that you are in, by giving you the ability to alter it on your smartphone. Also you can remotely set it up so it activates on the scheduled time, like most of the smart bulbs that are coming out these days.
But here is where it becomes interesting. The ‘Multifunctional Light’ also packs temperature, motion, luminance and humidity sensors, along with infrared controller, speaker and microphone. These are the kind of features that will probably make this the smartest light bulb to date. Imagine a bulb turning on your air-conditioning and TV when you walk into a room. Or maybe even more importantly, it will also turn off the devices when you walk out of the room. Then there is the intercom where every family member can communicate with each other whenever they choose. You can also play music, control your thermostat etc. This is the kind of bulb that is packing the intellect of a smart home hub, which can be controlled with an app on your smartphone.
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Of course there is a downside, the smart bulb is only available in Japan in the first 6 months of 2016. Although we don’t know when it will be released in other countries as of yet, we can’t wait.