Yet another smart home accessory is hitting the marketplace, but this one relies on WiFi and AirPlay rather than HomeKit. Twist is a lightbulb accessory that does not require any external power or a hub, rather it works by being installed into your standard lamp or light fixture. Using AirPlay as its wireless technology allows users to stream audio to individual Twist lightbulbs via an iOS device or iTunes on the Mac. We saw a demo of the speaker system, and standalone sound quality was fairly good, but it is unclear how it will be affected when installed in a lamp, ceiling, or wall. The multi-color lighting system can be controlled via an iPhone app or a standalone piece of dimmer hardware. The system will ship next year for $249, including one speaker bulb, two standard Twist light bulbs, and the dimmer control.
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