Just Say ‘Let There Be Light’ And The Vocca Light Switch Will Make it Happen
“Why haven’t they thought of a technology for this?” That’s what you may think when you’re dosing off while reading your favorite book in bed, but you then realize you have to get up to turn off the light. Well, someone has gone ahead and come up with the solution. The Vocca voice-activated light bulb attachment is the modern-day version of the timeless eighties “Clapper,” only lights are turned on and off using a voice activated cue, and you don’t look like a fool clapping at the ceiling.
The Vocca Light Switch, a technology created by Ori Indursky and his team in Israel, is a physical add on for your regular light bulb, but with state-of-the-art Bluetooth connectivity, advanced Sensory voice recognition and, of course, an app. After screwing a light bulb into the Vocca device, and the device into the light socket, all you need to do to is say “Go Vocca Light,” to turn lights on and off—no installation for WiFi required.
The Vocca team is currently running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign where each contributor can purchase a basic version Vocca Light Switch for $39 or a ‘Pro’ version for $49 that will allow you to remotely control the device from an application and choose which phrase you want to turn on the light (maybe “Let there be light”). Despite the tough competition in the smart lighting sector with Phillips recently releasing the world’s smallest LED light bulb and the crowdfunding campaign for colorful WiFi controlled lights LIFX, Vocca has already raised its $40,000 funding goal and more with over a month left until the campaign closes.
Before you decide on making this futuristic device a part of your home life, however, it is important to note that due to difficulties conducting heat, the Vocca Light Switch only works with energy saving light bulbs like LED and CFL, fluorescent lights that can be hard on the eyes, especially in the home. This setback aside, the Vocca Light Switch is the only voice-controlled lighting method out there and it could save you a lot of unnecessary squabbles with your significant other when its time to turn out the lights (see: hilarious promotional video).