A group of French physicists has optimized a type of ion thruster to significantly extend its lifetime: the new development made it sturdy enough to be able withstand a long trip into deep space. Such a thruster would require 100 million times less fuel than common thrusters that use chemical reactions to propel a spacecraft forward.
As David Bowie well knows, sound and vision are a wonderful pairing. Now, Sony is following in his footsteps: its latest LED bulb is also a Bluetooth speaker.
The 360-lumen bulb pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth allowing you to adjust volume or brightness. It also comes with a dedicated remote control which can be paired using NFC. Sony claims that it allows you to play music where in the past it’s been difficult to install speakers. If anyone’s ever tried to install speakers directly into a light fitting, do speak up.
More seriously, this is a neat idea—with two caveats. The first is sound quality: small speakers can sound good, but they don’t always, and until you hear what this one sounds like you may want to keep your money in your wallet. Which leads to the second: the bulb will initially cost in the region of $200. Ouch.
The bulb is available in Japan from May 23rd and it’s not clear when it will arrive in the U.S.. But until it does, just look at the fun you could have with one of these things according to Sony’s press shots. [Sony via Verge]
INNOVATE. A kite flies because of pressure dynamics in the air, but the string facilitates that condition. Cut the string and it will crash. In other words, constraints can be guides. Placing limitations on processes is not normally associated with innovation. However, as explained in this article, setting boundaries and playing within them can foster creative solutions to complex problems, encourage a sense of humility in acknowledging the things that one cannot do, and even drive one towards “perfection”.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.