January 21, 2009
| by Rachel Cericola
We love products that know how to multitask. Sure, your cell phone can play music and surf the web, but some of our favorites are not as obvious. For instance, we’ve seen plenty of rock and planter speakers. In 2007, Soundolier took it to the next level with the speaker/lamp combo. Then just a few weeks ago, we were talking up Hunter’s speaker/fan product. Now the magic of sound has been added to a semi-ordinary light bulb.
The SoundBulb taps into any audio source with Bluetooth support, then wirelessly transmits the sound to a replaceable 8-ohm speaker inside the bulb. Hopefully you won’t want these in very high places, because you need to screw the top to adjust the volume. It looks kind of funky, and as Gizmodo points out, it’s an LED bulb, so we won’t have to worry about heat.
One thing you will have to worry about: Where to find one. As far as we know, there are no plans to mass produce the device yet.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.