Best of CES, Green Edition: NanoLeaf showcases eco-friendly lighting for minimalists
NanoLeaf, a green technology company, showcased their smart lighting products in Vegas at CES 2016. The NanoLeaf Smarter Series allows users to control color, brightness and light motion through an iOS app (Android’s app will be released in spring 2016). The second installment of the company’s Smarter Series, the Nanoleaf Aurora, uses a HomeKit-enabled modular lighting system to free illumination from the constraints of fixtures.
The Aurora is a fully customizable lighting product, in both shape and spectrum. It has a minimalist triangle form with a modular setup, allowing users to create their own custom lighting designs. Outfitted with color-changing LEDs, panels can be connected and placed anywhere from the wall and table to the ceiling and countertop.
The Smarter Kit lighting system allows users to control the lights with their voice via integration with the Apple HomeKit. Users can tell Siri how bright they want their living room lights and let Aurora do the work. The NanoLeaf app also let users create ‘Scenes’ within the app and activate them using Siri. For example, users could say something like, “Siri, Movie Night” for a darker ambience.
“Light is not just illumination,” Gimmy Chu, CEO and co-founder of Nanoleaf, said in a statement. “Light is atmosphere. It wakes you up after a night’s rest. It contributes to our mood and daily life, just as much today as two million years ago.“ Chu also stated, “Everything we do and create at Nanoleaf is a building block for what’s next. We made the world’s most energy efficient light bulb in 2013. The Smarter Kit was the next big step forward, connecting light to intelligent computing platforms. The Aurora is set to redefine the category and eliminate the compromise between choosing ambient light or productive light. What’s next? Stay tuned. Our R&D team is working on technology that will make everything up until now look like the kerosene lamp by comparison.”