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Archos launches a connected weather station, light bulbs and beanies that will play your tunes

In addition to today's announcement of new Android phones and tablets and new Windows Phones from Archos, the company is expanding their connected home line with a new home weather station. The spherical pair of devices, due to be announced at IFA 2014 is designed to work with both Android and iOS devices.

The weather station monitors the conditions both inside and outside, and will have available plant sensors as well for keeping tabs on your orchids and whatnot. They'll be tracking temperature, humidity, air quality, atmospheric pressure, and noise levels. The Archos Weather Station system is expected to be available in September for $149.

But new phones, tablets, and weather stations aren't the only thing that Archos has in store for you. There's also a pair of new music devices on tap. The Archos Music Light is a combination LED bulb and Bluetooth speaker that screws into an standard Edison socket for both illumination and tunes for $49. Alas, there doesn't seem to be any controlling of the light remotely, just the music.

Archos has a new weather station, music light, and music hat

But the one we really love is the Archos Music Beany. We'll just let Archos do the describing here:

A plush beany that combines the benefits of a headphone with the style and comfort of a traditional beany."

The Music Beany connects via Bluetooth to your music source, and will retail for $39.

Sure, the tune-pumping lightbulb and beanie might be on the silly side, but the weather station could be interesting. What do you think?

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • That light bulb is only 200 lumens. An incandescent 40 watt bulb produces 450 lumens so that bulb is going to be super DIM.
  • and since you can't connect it remotely....
  • The weather station sounds nice. Definitely gonna keep an eye on that. If it works as promised and price drops well below it's MSRP, I might get one.
  • Style and beany in the same sentence? There's the oxymoron of the day. Posted via Android Central App
  • Beany? Where's the propeller? Posted via Android Central App
  • How well is that musical toque going to work in -20 whilst cross country skiing? I bet that battery will freeze right up. Posted via Android Central App
  • Beanie!!! AC App via Nexus 5