Deja vu MR?
Ok I’m willing to accept this isn’t a lengthy advertorial but it’s still overkill on what is essentially gimmicky lighting, and not exactly innovative (Philips owns the market).
As someone above said, if only Macs were reviewed as extensively.
What if they go down the dodecahedron route?
or nanoleaf there is an API but it looks utterly unhelpful if you just want to script, as opposed to writing a full-blooded app. And of course we have a chicken-and-egg situation. HomeKit and Shortcuts are both such awful, limited, brain dead scripting environments that they don't provide great entry points for this sort of programmable lighting.
So my advice is
- if you want small "light art" get cololight
- if you want big bright "light art" get nanoleaf
- either way, don't expect you are getting anything more than art. You are absolutely NOT getting anything scriptable that can be used to convey some sort of status. Hopefully at some point we'll get functionality like that, but for now that road goes through Apple HomeKit/Shortcuts, and they've decided it would be a great idea to tear up a highway, replace it with a bike path, mine the bike path every few feet, then explode half those mines...
This is absolutely, 100%, untrue. The nanoleaf API provides anything you could possibly want to code against, and there are even open source wrapper libraries in a bunch of languages. But even if it didn't, communication is just done over UDP and isn't protected or encrypted, you just start writing the packets against it.
This is just plain stupid. What I need to Apple to come up with a doorbell, outdoor and indoor video cameras.
And that fits easily into scripting on iOS?
If I just want a simple "set the blue saturation of panel 3 to probability of rain tomorrow" type script?
Even if these don’t work for a Living Room, I can trivially see these as great desk (and videocast, color tuneable, dynamic) lighting for the office, as well as (see Siri Shortcuts) automation, lighting, and switches for workflows.