Having familiarized myself with the smart lighting brand Nanoleaf and its CEO and Cofounder Gimmy Chu prior to IFA 2018, I was struck by the incredibly unique displays that the company’s Rhythm panels that were prominently featured on their website. The unique array of triangular fixtures really take smart lighting in a direction that is unique, highly customizable, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And then I went and met Gimmy and company in person in the IFA NEXT section of the show.
There, Nanoleaf showed off a brand new product launched here in Berlin that is a follow up to the Rhythm and also a part of the Smarter Series of lighting panels. Nanoleaf Canvas takes the Rhythm idea and packages it in a sleeker and smarter product. Whereas Rhythm is a triangular panel that has a visible power adapter hanging off of the edge of the main control panel and a portion of the panel that is unlit, Canvas removes all distractions and gives the user an edge-to-edge design that can actually completely cover a wall and transform an entire living space.
But Nanoleaf Canvas is far more than just a design refresh for Nanoleaf. The square product, which measures six inches along each edge and less than half an inch thick, is entirely touch enabled. The main Base Station control panel, which seamlessly blends in with the others around it, has a number of touch sensors that let you control things like brightness, color, power to the panels, and more. But the touch controls also extend to the connected panels as well. Users can walk up to the wall, touch any panel, and that panel and the others around it will react in a wave-like form.