Posted Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
It's a Light, it's a Receiver, it's a Speaker!
Alright, so this one's a little strange. Imagine, if you will, a room full of sound, but no evident sources. There aren't any speakers visible, and there aren't any mounted in the ceiling or buried in the walls. Imagine instead that all the sound is coming from the lights.
It sounds bizarre, and a little silly, but it's a reality thanks to Osram Sylvania and Artison. The Musiclite fits into standard 6" recessed lighting cans, and screws in like any other bulb. It'll kick out light equivalent to that of a 65-watt reflector bulb with the use of only 10 watts.
It's got a 70mm speaker built right in, along with a receiver for wireless audio signals. It can grab them from a variety of sources, including mobile devices. That means you could potentially just walk on in to a room with your iPhone, hit play, and music starts coming from out of nowhere.
The lights are sold in pairs along with a controller that handles dimming, on/off functionality and music selection. There's no pricing info yet, but you can expect it when these come out in the fall.
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