Lightbulb is not just a lightbulb when it is integrated with Camera, microphone, speaker or WiFi booster. Products for smart homes are getting smarter and smarter every year with the innovation and technology. Combining two products into one, which is better than the separate product, has become an hot fad this season.
European company Sengled has come out with smart bulb which works not only as lightbulb but serves other purposes too. It has introduced three variants – Pulse, Boost and Snap – that do more tasks than they seem to do.
The Pulse is the dimmable LED down light that comprises of JBL Bluetooth speaker with surround sound effect. The pack comes with master and a satellite bulb and in three colours – red, white and silver. Once paired with the Bluetooth device, one can play music and dim/ brighten all the bulbs concurrently. Android and iOS app helps in doing so. This is retailed at $160.
The Boost, the second variant of Sengled bulbs, features WiFi booster adding on to the bulb. Boost supports 802.11b/g/n wireless networks on the 2.4GHz spectrum at speeds of up to 300Mbps. This CES award winning bulb with WiFi repeater is priced at $49.
The yet-to-be launched third variant Snap comes equipped with speakers, microphone, motion sensors and it can also stream video to the smart device connected. Unlike the other smart security gadget, these bulbs are very simple to install. It uses techniques like face recognition helps one to know if there is a stranger in the house and geofencing signals when the kids leave the house. This sensing lightbulb records and stores video in the cloud allowing the user to monitor the house either inside or outside. It is said to be available by March 2015 and expected to be priced around $200.
Sengled aims to concentrate on the innovation that would prove useful to the consumers without overtaxing them with too many tech stuff or buttons. Also they say these bulbs are user-friendly and are designed to work without disrupting the current infrastructure. Its totally up to the consumers to decide if its really an useful device or just a fad or swank to brag about.