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Product Design
Published: 2 Aug 2016

Sony Life Space UX: Blending Light and Sound

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No resemblance to a conventional speaker: the LED Bulb Speaker and Glass Sound Speaker

Life Space UX – Sony’s collection of holistic home entertainment products – includes two new wireless speakers that aim to transform living space through harmonised light and sound.

  • LED Bulb Speaker: Although it resembles a smart light bulb, sound defines this speaker. Having a regular E26 fitting allows users to listen to music anywhere with a standard light bulb screw socket. The 192 colour settings and 32 levels of brightness can be attuned to suit specific moods via Bluetooth enabled devices. Using a digital application, music and lighting can be synchronised by exploring presets or by customising new settings. 
  • Glass Sound Speaker: Mimicking a warm candlelight glow, this lantern-like speaker blends seamlessly into interiors. Sony’s newly developed audio technology disguises the source of sound – actuators create sound by vibrating through the glass, which gives the illusion of music coming from every direction. By minimising the number of inputs and buttons, the speaker can become a table centrepiece or blend discreetly into its surroundings.

Life Space UX products concentrate on harnessing technologies that can enhance our personal experiences and ambience within the living space. Fine-tuned and environmentally responsive lighting designs are pairing with Internet of Things technologies to become smarter and more visually dynamic – see Intelligent Lighting for more.

Sony is part of a new wave of consumer electronics brands creating design-led and seamless systems that are more akin to home accessories than conventional electronics. See New Tech Aesthetics for more on the products befitting contemporary homes and appealing to the design-conscious consumer.

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