Sony have unveiled an LED lightbulb that doubles as a bluetooth speaker. There have been a few smartphone-controlled lightbulbs released in the last couple of years, and bluetooth speakers are everywhere, so I suppose this was inevitable. The bulb simply screws into a socket and connects wirelessly to your network. It will be released in Japan on 23 May for ¥23,880 ($199 / £130).
for a look at them in action, see these videos. the micro-synthesizers cost a mere €59 each. i can definitely justify that!
similar to the nest device, but more minimal (or less, depending on your opinion), the simple interface includes an e-ink screen in the centre of the case, which shows the temperature and other information either vertically or horizontally depending on which way up it’s facing. the netatmo thermostat is available for €179.
the pogo connector concept by jon patterson splits in two when pulled apart to prevent damage to your devices when the cables get snagged. the two parts are joined by magnets – one with a jack that fits into the headphone socket on the device, and a second longer piece that accommodates the jack from the headphones. the signal is transferred between the two parts via four pins, but once the cord is yanked away they disconnect and the music stops until the sections are reconnected.
according to the video (above), the magnet is strong enough to hold the device but will break only when snagged. the connector can be used as a straight connection or at a 90 degree angle where it can fully rotate. i look forward to seeing whether this gets produced!
while the es01 from punkt may be one of the most aesthetically pleasing extension cords i have seen, the prop power rugged extension cord from quirky might be one of the most useful (in a workshop at least). in a small space trying to run an extension cord that you won’t trip over but is where you need it can be quite a challenge. the flexible neck allows you to wrap it securely around things above floor level, closer to power tools on a tabletop or up a step ladder. with two outlets you can also use a couple of things without plugging and unplugging.