We’ve seen a lot of Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled smart lights for home use. However, sometimes you don’t need different types of technology to smarten up your existing lighting scheme.
A new product called the Vocca is making smart lights for home use that are simply powered by the sound of your voice. The Vocca is a voice-activated bulb adapter. It doesn’t need WiFi or any type of fancy installation. No programming is needed, either. And technically, there’s no setup process—unless you count screwing in a light bulb to be a setup process.
Once installed, the Vocca can deliver easy, instant smart lights for home use. Just say “Go Vocca light,” and you can power the bulb on and off. That’s it. No apps, smartphones or other add-on items are needed.
Each Vocca bulb packs in power conversion, voice recognition and SSR relay features. That voice recognition technology is something that the company snagged from the people at Sensory, Inc. After you add the Vocca to your existing light fixture, it will be in search of the aforementioned trigger phrase 24/7. Once found, the adapter commands the relay to transfer power from the mains to your light bulb, giving it power—or taking it away to turn out the light.
“Smart bulbs are a pretty smart gadget, but they lack one very important thing: a good user experience for everyday use. Who wants to pull out their smartphone to control lighting?” says the company on its website. “Vocca is focused on real-life use rather than being ‘cool’ for a week.”
Currently, the Vocca is available for pre-order, priced at $39.70 each. The company is also selling the bulb in packages of three, six and nine, at a discount. If you find that you’re missing that touch of technology, know that the Vocca Pro is also coming soon. This is an option that adds in app control via Bluetooth.