For some, the Internet of Things made its Super Bowl debut during the advertising blitz, through an offer by Budweiser Canada to come to your home and install a red goal light synced to the scores of your favorite team (VIDEO)
If you’re not a hockey fan, you may not know the red light’s iconic flashing, spinning glow and horn sound that accompany every goal. It’s the sport’s equivalent of a soccer announcer’s “goooooool!” or a football player doing a touchdown dance. It’s a moment of ecstatic release in a game characterized by constant tension in the ebb and flow of plays.
The Budweiser Red Light works by connecting to your Wi-Fi network. After configuring the device with an Android or iPhone app to tell it what teams you are rooting for, it sits sleeping in your rec room. When a game is on, it wakes up and starts listening over the network for a score. When the puck goes in the net, the light goes crazy.