Sony Combines A Bluetooth Speaker With A 360-Lumen LED Light Bulb, Charges ¥24,000 ($199)

Chocolate and peanut butter, football and cheerleaders...light bulbs and wireless stereo speakers? 

Sony today is announcing the May 23 release in 
Japan of its LSPX-100E26J, a LED light bulb through which audio can be played. The company's press release pegs the new product as being a part of their "Life Space UX" product group, showcasing devices that "take advantage of space itself to create a new experience, aiming to do so by fusion of light and sound" (roughly translated from the Japanese). 

 "How many _______ does it take to screw in a music-spewing light bulb?"

In an installation example that is certain to get audiophile fingers a-tinglin' and toes a-tappin' (salivation may occur, too), Sony describes a scenario for their new light bulb speakers in which the devices are installed in the kitchen, the bathroom, bedrooms, the living room, dining room...anywhere a person can expect to find a source of illumination they can now experience not only light but sound too. And, of course, the installation process itself could hardly be easier.

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Control of Sony's new wrinkle on Thomas Edison's brainchild is accomplished via a dedicated NFC-equipped remote control that is included in the package, or users can opt to adjust dimming and volume using an app on any Bluetooth 3.0-enabled device (smartphone, tablet, PC).

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The LSPX-100E26J throws off light at up to 360lm (lumens) and offers clear sound at up to 40mm caliber by full-range speakers of 2W. And despite the speaker being fixed in front of the light source, its optical design ensures that it doesn't block illumination.

Sony's LSPX-100E26J is listing at ¥24,000 ($199), though there is no word at this time when — or even if — the light-bulb speaker hybrid will be available for purchase outside of Japan.


Via:  Sony
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