A while back, we had talked up four products that combine LED light bulbs with the ability to play audio. Now, there’s a new interesting option for that category. Say “hello” to the Astro Twist.
What sets the Twist apart is that all of those other smart bulb products use Bluetooth. The Twist does support that option, but also adds in a combination of WiFi and Apple AirPlay.
The Twist also features color—which can change based on the time of day. Now, it doesn’t have all of the color options of the Philips Hue, but it can deliver a cool blue in the morning and a warm yellow in the evening, all to mimic natural daylight. Users can also tweak settings via the free app, in order to adjust brightness, turn the lights on and off, and even activate a nightlight feature.
The Twist is compatible with any standard light socket and doesn’t need a smart hub. All you need to do is, well… screw in these LED light bulbs. Then, download the app.
Besides being able to control lighting, you can also use the app to control your music—or at least send it to the Twist speaker. And because the speaker uses WiFi and AirPlay, you don’t have to be in the same room to have the Twist respond to your commands. According to Astro, the Twist was “created with the same audio technology as Bose and Bang & Olufsen,” with an 18mm driver, a frequency response of 250Hz-20KHz, and a sensitivity rating of 12dB.
“Many consumers are frustrated with all the caveats of existing smart home solutions—a lot of these devices are too pricey, complicated to install, and only work a fraction of the time. With Twist, we simpliÃ¯:¬:ed smart home solutions to Ã¯:¬:t the urban renter’s lifestyle,” said Shaun Springer, CEO and founder of Astro. “With our Ã¯:¬:rst product, Twist is designed for simplicity and accessibility. We’re looking forward to designing a wide range of smart home products in the future that also seamlessly integrate into a city dweller’s life.”
Astro is currently taking pre-orders for Twist LED light bulbs, with plans to start shipping in early 2016.: The pre-order price for one Twist is $99, but there are also multi-packs, with two bulbs going for $149 and a 3-pack priced at $199.