Okay, Maybe Smart Light Bulbs Are Cool After All

tumblr_inline_o1cfz4pU3L1spvpit_500Until today, I haven’t been all that impressed by light bulbs.

To be fair, I understand that light bulbs are a miracle of science. They’re the closest thing to real magic that exists in the world (other than sunsets and Amy Adams). But I take them for granted, and whenever I read about the next evolution in light bulbs, it just doesn’t get my technology endorphins flowing.

Then I read this.

The biggest thing I learned is that light bulbs are prime for technological combinations because (a) every house needs light bulbs and (b) they’re already linked to electricity. You don’t have to plug them in using a separate cord. It’s like when someone realized that you could charge your phone by plugging it into your computer instead of the wall–the connection is already there.

Here’s what the light bulbs of tomorrow will be able to do (in fact, most of these light bulbs are already on the market):

  • They charge themselves in preparation for power outages, lasting up to 3.5 hours without any electricity from your home.
  • They have microphones that can recognize specific sounds–like the doorbell–and then turn on when they hear those sounds.
  • They can learn your daily patterns and will automatically turn on and off in “away” mode when you go on vacation to fool would-be-intruders into thinking you’re still home.
  • They have built-in bluetooth speakers that can play music.
  • They can extend your wi-fi range.

What do you want your light bulbs to do in the future?