For some reason, not many Windows Phone devices feature an LED to alert users of notifications, and none of Microsoft’s Lumia range of smartphones have them either, so the software giant has taken to other creative ways of letting you know that you’ve got a missed call, a WhatsApp message, or a Candy Crush invitation.
One of the first way Microsoft did so was by launching the DT-903 Wireless Charging Plate that glows to notify users of notification or remind them that their smartphone batteries are about to die. But this next attempt by the company is something completely different; a lamp.
Working in collaboration with BlueGiga, a Bluetooth module maker, and Fatboy, who’ve made accessories for Lumia in the past such as the Fatboy Wireless Charging Pillow, Microsoft has put together a lamp based on the Fatboy’s ‘Edison the Petit’ lamp that blinks whenever your phone gets a notification. It’s safe to say that it will be much harder for you to miss notifications if you’re in eyesight of the lamp.
Microsoft is encouraging third-parties to develop their own notification accessories that can be made rather easily as all they need is a BT LE chipset and the developing know-how to use the notification API’s already present for Windows Phone.
The device is merely a concept and we don’t expect it to go on sale, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see something being developed by Fatboy considering their history with Microsoft.Further reading: Connected Home, Lumia, Microsoft, smart home