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Sony puts smartphone brains into light-bulb
January 24, 2016, 5:21 pm

Sony’s newest appliance, the Multifunctional Light, performs several functions you would never normally associate with a light-bulb. It can communicate with other appliances like air conditioning units and thermostats with data from its humidity sensors, talk to your TV using infrared to turn it on when its motion sensors detect you are in the room, and act as a household intercom system equipped with speakers and a microphone; it even has a microSD card slot.

All the functions of the Multifunctional Light can be controlled via a smartphone app when you are inside or away from your home. The company packed all this technology into a light-bulb that fits into a flying saucer-shaped housing unit and performs as a voice-powered central hub. The Multifunctional Light will be available in the first half of 2016, initially only in Japan.

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