New Lightbulbs Feature WiFi Boosters, Speakers and Cameras
Bohs Hansen / 2 years ago
The Internet-of-Things (IoT) aims to connect pretty much every aspect and gadget around us to the internet with smart features and functions, and such a simple thing as our light bulbs is part of this too. There are several companies out there creating smart light bulbs with additional features, which in itself is a great idea. Light bulbs are used in all our homes, everywhere and in sockets and plugs that in themselves have a direct power connection. What would be more obvious than to add extra features to these bulbs.
The Shanghai-base company Sengled unveiled a line of app-controlled LED bulbs at CES that can be set to turn on your music, boost your Wi-Fi signal and recognize your faces. The newest bulb in their lineup is the Snap and it features both a built-in security camera, microphone, and speakers as well as support for motion detection and video recording. However, it will not come cheap with a price tag of $199.99 per bulb that will have to be completely replaced once burned out.
Sengled has three other models where the Boost features a built-in Wi-Fi repeater while the Pulse and Solo bulbs come with Bluetooth speaker. The $59.99 Solo has dual 3-watt speakers and the Pulse will set you back $169.99 but will in return bring a JBL multi-channel stereo wireless speaker.
All of the bulbs use default light sockets and can be controlled with the accompanying Android and iOS apps. The bulbs are rated for 25,000 hours of use according to the company.
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