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Sony's new Multifunctional Light is the smartest of all time


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Sony has revealed a new smart light that can be programmed to trigger other items of connected home tech whenever someone enters the room.

The Multifunctional Light (via Engadget) can be hooked up to other smart home tech and features an abundance of sensors. So, for example, when the motion sensors pick up human presence, the light can turn on the television or activate your music player.

Thanks to the temperature and humidity sensors, it can even be hooked up to a connected thermostat to regulate the home environment.

The light, which can be connected to a smartphone or controlled via Wi-Fi, can be used as an alarm clock to gently wake the owner with light and sound, thanks to the built-in speaker.

Handily, it will also automatically switch off after the home dweller leaves the room, while the motion sensors can also be used to trigger a home alarm system.

If users are so inclined, it can even be programmed to play answer-phone messages whenever they walk into the room. The Multifunctional Light includes a built-in microphone, so, with more than one light, it can also be used as an intercom to chat to members of the household in other rooms.

All this, as well as lighting up a dark room.

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For now the light has been announced for Sony’s home market in Japan, but let’s hope the firm has plans to bring the product to these shores in the near future.

You can check out the product's potential in the video below.

Dead Words

January 14, 2016, 12:47 pm

Hooray, our light bulbs are now smarter than us. How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb? We don't know, ask the light bulb.

Hamish Campbell

January 14, 2016, 3:03 pm

Oooh, forgot something in the lounge....bugger have to turn off the tv again.
'Come in the lounge for some tea and buscuits.....oh excuse me while I turn off the tv again',


January 16, 2016, 11:37 am

Miss the bit about switching off when the room dwellers leave?

It's been done, my Harmony remote has an "all off" function.

Hamish Campbell

January 18, 2016, 9:51 am

Oooh even better. I'll just pop out to the loo....oh, now the rest of the family are staring at a blank screen.

A harmony remote is surely the only correct solution for entertainment system control.


January 19, 2016, 2:57 am

Occupancy sensors available today are more advanced than simply switching things off when one person out of a group leaves the room. Presence detectors such as those from Hager are a good example of what could credibly be adapted to work with a Bluetooth or 360° IR transmitter coupled to the guts from a Harmony remote or similar. I'm sure someone out there has beaten Sony to it.

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