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Nanoleaf's new light panels want to color your smart home
Nanoleaf Aurora is a set of triangular, color-changing LED light panels. Connect them together however you like, then control them from your Android or iOS device -- or using spoken Siri and Alexa commands.
Once you've got a pattern figured out, you'll start hanging everything to your walls with these sticky tabs. They're the standard, paint-safe ones you'll find in any hardware aisle, and Nanoleaf gives you a bunch of them.
Creating those scenes is pretty easy, and even kind of fun. The panels will appear in the app exactly as you've arranged them on the wall. You can tap any individual panel to change its color or brightness, or you can pick a "palette" of colors for the panels to cycle through using whatever transitional effect you like.
The Aurora panels are compatible with Apple HomeKit, too -- that means you can control them alongside other HomeKit gadgets, and control everything with Alexa. Here, we grouped our Aurora lights with a Philips Hue bulb, then told Siri to change everything in the studio from blue to red.
Nanoleaf tells us that Alexa compatibility is coming by the end of year, giving you a second way to control the panels with your voice. There's also a sunrise/sunset mode in the works that should let you use the panels as a wake-up light.
The nine-panel Nanoleaf Aurora starter kit is available now for $200 (about £165/AU$260). Additional panels are available in packs of three for $60 (about £50/AU$80). They're certainly tempting, but are they worth it? Check out our full review for the final verdict.