Nowadays, almost everything can be controlled using your smartphone. GoPro cameras, smart TVs, and even your air conditioner are just a few of the things you can control at home.
Personally, I love being able to do this! With my smartphone, I feel powerful! 🙂
That’s why when I got invited to the launch of MiPow’s Playbulb series, I was psyched. I’ve always wanted to have a bulb at home that I can control with my iPhone.
The Playbulb series was launched on November 27, 2014 in the Philippines. But the Playbulb prototype was actually first showcased in January 2014 on CES in Las Vegas, USA.
The Playbulb Color, Rainbow, and Candle share one thing in common: each light can be controlled by a smartphone via bluetooth connection. Once the Playbulb X app is installed, you will be able to control each bulb individually.
It is the most advanced and most exciting Playbulb model among the series. Not only it is a light, but it’s also a bluetooth speaker.
Rainbow, on the other hand, can be used as a replacement to the regular light bulbs in your room. Once the Playbulb Rainbow is placed, simply turn on the light switch, turn on the bluetooth on your smartphone and you’re good to go.
This is the newest addition to the PlayBulb family. It is also controlled via bluetooth connection. What sets this apart is that you can blow it out like a regular candle to turn it off! Unlike Rainbow and Color, you need three triple AA batteries to set it up. Once the batteries are installed, you can switch it on and connect via bluetooth.
The Playbulb Experience
As soon as I got home from the event, I immediately opened all three Playbulbs and installed them in our home. The Playbulb Colour replaced the light in our lamp. I placed the Playbulb candle on my nightstand and the Playbulb Rainbow replaced the regular bulb in our bathroom.
I like the Playbulb Colour best, as it both a light and a speaker. It’s a very timely piece of gadget for the holiday season. Playing a Christmas song fits perfectly with the “rainbow” effect (bulb displays all colors). Ted Claudio of Wazzup.ph even used the Playbulb Color as a Christmas decoration outside his house.
After the holidays, you can use it to set the mood of the room—whether it’s for a party or for a romantic evening.
Playbulbs are available from these stores:
- Sm Megamall
- Mobile 1
- Sm Supermalls Ayala
- Power Mac
- BTL100 PLAYBULB Warm Php 2,999.00
- BTL100 PLAYBULB Cool White 2,999.00
- BTL PLAYBULB LITE (no app, speaker only) 1,899.00
- BTL 100C White PLAYBULB COLOR 3,999.00
- BTL 200 PLAYBULB RAINBOW 1,999.00
- BTS 300 PLAYBULB CANDLE 999.00
Is PlayBulb for you?
PlayBulb is designed for everyone.
The Playbulb Color—with its unique design—is definitely a great conversation starter. If you frequently have visitors at home, then this light is definitely for you. It can instantly brighten up the room or set the mood—depending on the types of guests.
The P2999 price tag might turn you off, but keep in mind that it’s also a bluetooth speaker. Nowadays, a decent bluetooth speaker is around the same price range as well.
The Playbulb Rainbow can be used to replace regular bulbs at home. You can set the light to always show the brightest setting (or the whitest light) during regular days. If you want to be a little funky, just connect using your smartphone and change the color.
The Playbulb Candle is perfect for those who love candles but want to have a smoke-free and safer option. It can also be used as an actual candle holder; just turn it upside down. You can even pack it in your suitcase if you travel frequently. Wherever you find yourself at the end of the day, you immediately have an awesome nightlight that changes color.
According to Mr. Bon Lam, Vice President of MiPow, there will be more exciting products similar to the Playbulb. He said, “We are not creating a product. We are creating an ecosystem.”
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