Twinkly launches three new neon-style smart lights
Customizable and pixel-perfect
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With Cyberpunk 2077 being a bit of a letdown, despite so much interest, it's high time we all put on some synth or vaporwave, and take responsibility for the incredible dearth of neon lighting in our lives.
Milan-based Ledworks, Twinkly's parent company—known mostly for its smart Christmas lights—really invests in smart features, allowing users to highly customize their lights and how they cycle. Since we're all spending more and more time at home, it's a good thing to decorate your space to be as fun for you as possible.
This week at CES 2021, Twinkly announced a new, three-product range of home lighting options for consumers focused on aesthetics, which can be used to augment your home décor with a high level of customization, in ways that range from subtle to “animated glitch art gifs and neon ambience for my gaming station.”
Twinkly's three new lighting options—Twinkly Line, Twinkly Flex, and Twinkly Squares—have one thing in common: They're all controllable and customizable via a smartphone app, meaning you can set up simple programs and utilize preset patterns or images. The lights also all feature the ability to integrate with your favorite smart assistant of choice (Alexa, Google), which will, no doubt, allow for some fun, campy voice commands.
Twinkly Line, a smart, 100-bulb LED strip, seems to be a more basic lighting product. Consumers also have the option to purchase extensions that are 100 bulbs in length. Again, the interesting part here will be to see the level of customization offered.
Things get more exciting with Twinkly Flex, which users to contour their lights to areas with a more dynamic shape, like around corners and along stairs. Consumers can also construct their own neon signage, which they can program to slowly strobe through the color spectrum.
From the look of them, we absolutely love Twinkly Squares. Who hasn't wanted to decorate their home with an animated gif? Squares is an array of 64 RGB pixels (measuring eight by eight) and will be sold in bundles of nine or 16 panels. Using these along with Twinkly's highly programmable display patterns, aspiring pixel artists will undoubtedly be able to create some interesting animations.
Currently, the name to beat in the smart lighting space is probably NanoLeaf, which offers its own series of customizable, geometrically-shaped lights. However, Nanoleaf doesn't touch Twinkly when it comes to this degree of customization.
We've reached out to Twinkly for more information about what kind of storage these devices allow, as this will end up translating to how many frames of animation you can store on any given one of these.
Update: while we didn't get some of the answers we were looking for, we did receive this video of four Squares linked up to create a short animation.
We can't wait to get these in-house for testing, if only to see if we can somehow program a functioning version of Pac-Man that takes up an entire wall.
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