The Sony Life Space UX shows how connected home gadgets like projectors can become part of daily life. The highlight is easily the Symphonic Light, which combines lighting and sound into one of the most innovative connected gadgets we’ve seen. At first glance, it looks like any light you’d find in a hipster Williamsburg loft, with an LED bulb surrounded by clear glass.
LAS VEGAS — The Internet of Things is a pretty terrible term, partly because of its vagueness. Exactly what are all these “things” and what are they doing on the Internet?
Sony has a pretty good answer in its Life Space UX concept, which got an upgrade at CES 2015 and incorporates lights, speakers, projectors and more to create a highly interactive and beautifully designed take on the smart home. The highlight is easily the Symphonic Light, which combines lighting and sound into one of the most innovative connected gadgets we’ve seen.
At first glance, it looks like any light you’d find in a hipster Williamsburg loft, with an LED bulb surrounded by clear glass. But the glass is actually a speaker that can emanate high-frequency sound in all directions (presumably complemented with a woofer in the base).
The Symphonic Light streams music from a smartphone or other device, and multiple lights can work together to fill a room with sound. At the CES demo, the sound was predictably outstanding, filling a room the size of studio apartment very well with very crisp sound.
Also new in the Life Space UX this year is a short-throw projector. Not to be confused with last year’s cinema-worthy short-throw laser projector, this smaller model is portable and can create a screen from 22 to 71 inches in size from just a couple of inches away. It’s also waterproof, so you can even set one up in the bathroom with no worries.
Sony’s upgraded Life Space UX is one of the most attractive smart home demos we’ve seen, even if it’s a little nebulous at this point how all the individual components will work together. But people won’t buy into the smart home concept until they can look at the products and ideas and think, “I want that.” Sony’s sweet system certainly qualifies. Read more…