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It’s hard to get excited about a light bulb, but in the tech world’s quest to make anything and everything “smarter,” even simple household objects like that have gotten a smartphone-aided makeover.
Ilumi’s diminutive A21 Bluetooth Smartbulb makes a solid case for why adding wireless connectivity to a light bulb isn’t as silly as it may sound.
Like similar Bluetooth bulbs, it features an LED light whose colors can be adjusted and tuned via your smartphone. If you’re throwing a party and want to splash the walls in neon, just dial away on ilumi’s companion app and watch the light adjust accordingly.
Ilumi claims that the A21 will last up to 20 years, and that it’s significantly more energy efficient than a typical bulb. That’s due in part to the fact that the app also lets you control the brightness of each bulb. Like most light bulbs, it isn’t particularly difficult to get the ilumi all set up either.
The A21 is technically about to be supplanted by ilumi’s follow-up bulb — which is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign — but that’s allowed this version to become more affordable. Case in point, StackSocial has the device up for $ 49, down from its list price of $ 90. (By comparison, the sequel will cost $ 60 when it releases en masse.)
This isn’t the cheapest bulb on the block, and as a Bluetooth-based device, it requires that you actually stand near it to take full control. At the same time, most light bulbs can’t turn a bedroom into an interactive game of Simon.
ilumi A21 Bluetooth Smartbulb, $ 49, available at StackSocial.
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