May / 2015 08:00
Lights and music are a time-tested combination, and now Sony finally offers them in one product. (The Rolly doesn't count.) Sony has just announced the LED Light Bulb Speaker in Japan, a Bluetooth speaker that screws into a light fitting to give your living space the gift of simultaneous sight and sound.
You can control the 360-lumen bulb with a smartphone app, of course, allowing for fine control of volume and brightness, and there's also a dedicated remote that can be paired over NFC. In a press release, Sony touts the speaker's compact, attractive design — which personally reminds me of the Harman Kardon SoundSticks subwoofer, though this is presumably somewhat quieter — and says that it lets you play music in places where it's been difficult to put audio equipment before.
In case you can't quite imagine how this might slot into your life, here are some promo images of people enjoying the light bulb speaker.
There is a light fitting just above my kitchen sink with this thing's name on it.
The LED Light Bulb Speaker is out in Japan on May 23rd, and Sony's online store lists it for ¥23,880, or about $199.