What does electric vehicle and energy innovator Tesla have in common with smart lighting pioneer Nanoleaf? As it turns out, both companies seemingly want to cover major surfaces of your home with state-of-the-art technology products. In the Tesla case, they intend to reinvent your roof by covering it with a mosaic of their glassy Solar Roof tiles. With Nanoleaf, they aspire to reinvent your interior walls and ceilings by covering them with a mosaic of their Canvas smart lighting panels.
Announced at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Nanoleaf Canvas takes the modular wall lighting concept they debuted with their original Light Panels to the next stage of evolution, creating a new product designed to cover not only portions of a wall or ceiling but the entire surface if you so desire.
Designed around the same core light panel technology, Canvas uses an edge-lit panel for adding increased dimensional lighting capability to the surfaces they are installed on. Whereas the original Light Panels were triangular in shape, Canvas panels are formed in tile-like squares to enable a clean wall-to-wall or wall-to-ceiling installation.
Among the features built into Canvas are white-tunable and color-changing capabilities; lighting schedules; light alarms; music visualization; app controls; voice commands; and touch controls. For example, simply touching a Canvas panel can set off a mesmerizing ripple effect across the array.
When Canvas begins shipping later in 2018, the panels will include Apple HomeKit integration plus controls via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Another attribute Canvas shares with the Tesla Solar Roof: expect it be very expensive if plan to cover more than a small area. A Canvas starter pack with 9 panels is expected to sell for $200, while 4-pack add-on kits will sell for $60.
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