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This smart lamp lets you ‘paint the light’ in your room

FLUXO is a full LED fixture, not just another smart bulb.

Although the idea of a smart lamp is nothing new, one Austrian startup has come up with an innovative design that allows you to move the light using simple paint gestures on your smartphone.


Thanks to FLUXO, any mood is now possible using a single pendant lamp comprised of 300 LEDs with an output of up to 2800 lumens. An accompanying mobile app enables you to control the intensity, direction, color and overall distribution of light to particular areas with a mere gesture.

Instead of dimming the light in your room, the Luke Roberts team’s “Paint Your Light” approach makes it easy to adjust the lighting for any space, time of the day, mood or social situation. The more you “paint,” the brighter it gets, while the other parts of your room will remain subdued. FLUXO even illuminates immediately to provide you with real-time feedback.

“The dining room, for example, can be personalized to have a portion of FLUXO focused solely on the table while having the remaining LEDs emit a soft, ambient glow to the rest of the room,” the crew writes.


You can independently control downlight and uplight, which gives a pleasant indirect light to create different moods, which is not possible with other lamps. Particular light scenes can be stored on the app for each FLUXO lamp, which includes intuitive motion sensors connected with smart software in the lamp that can learn how people prefer their lighting based on their overall usage. You can store any setting as a light scene and come back to it with just one swipe of your finger. What’s more, the app lets you seamlessly switch between FLUXOs.

When you don’t have your phone in hand but want to change to another light scene, you can do so by simply turning the light switch off and on again. The lamp recognizes this “click” and switches to the next scene. FLUX’s presence sensors also can detect when you walk into a room and turn itself on. Conversely, it will shut itself off as you leave to save energy.

Unlike other competitors in the growing smart lighting market, Luke Roberts has developed a fixture with built-­in LEDs that allow the FLUXO to give off increased light output compared to more conventional LED bulbs, directional lighting controllable at different angles and improved heat management for a longer lifetime.


FLUXO comes with a specially-designed mount to fit it to any kind of flat ceiling surface, and has universal power supply so that it can be directly connected to any outlet. The team has carefully engineered the lamp with all relevant sensors and a future-proof Bluetooth wireless module, so that new features can be added down the road.

Sound like a smart fixture you’d love to have in your smart home? Head over to FLUXO’s Kickstarter campaign, where the Luke Roberts team is currently seeking $54,266. Delivery is slated for late summer 2016.


Ario is a smart lamp that mimics natural lighting

Ario learns your habits, syncs to your body clock, and keeps you healthy through natural lighting patterns.

While the idea of a smart bulb waking you up in the morning is nothing new, one Bay Area startup has decided to take that concept one step further to help get you through the day and then ease into sleep at night. Ario is an intelligent lamp that not only mimics natural sunlight by changing its color as the day goes on, but its direction as well, to keep your body clock in sync and improve health.


The lamp itself is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and boasts LEDs that generate bright blue light in the morning, followed by warmer amber light in the later hours. Ario can be controlled using its accompanying mobile app, on-device buttons, a wall switch, and is even fully capable of functioning autonomously.

To get started, you simply plug Ario into the wall, link it to your Wi-Fi network and then sit back and let it do the work. The lamp will then determine where you are and comes up with a lighting schedule that evolves with you over time. Even better, Ario works automatically. So if you unplug your lamp for days or weeks and then plug it back in, Ario knows what to do, even when the Wi-Fi is down. It is equipped with a battery-backed real-time clock and program storage, and intelligently calculates the appropriate variations in light depending on the lamp’s geographical location, the time of day, seasonal and local weather patterns, and your daily schedule. Ario is rated to produce 2400 lumens.


Is there a need for such a lighting system? You bet! According to its creators, the vast majority of Americans spend more than  eight hours a day under unnatural light, which can throw off the body’s internal clock by as much as three hours and prevent it from performing at optimum levels. Instead, Ario will help improve your circadian rhythm, sleep habits and general health.

“Today’s indoor lighting is static, as if the sun were fixed in the sky. This is unnatural and has major implications on our sleep, mood, immune system, weight, and overall well-being,” the team writes.

Previous studies show that staring into bright, blue-white computer digital screens at night can disrupt your ability to catch some Zs. What’s nice is that this smart lamp can be programmed to automatically dim by a certain time each night. And what’s more, Ario integrates with other Wi-Fi smart home appliances to make your life easier.


In terms of hardware, the unit is built around an ARM Cortex-M3 core along with two light engines, a highly-integrated LED controller and a Particle P1 Wi-Fi module, which together provide Ario’s lighting power and control.

Are you ready to make long, dark days a thing of the past? Then head over to Ario’s Kickstarter campaign, where its team has already garnered well over its asking goal of $50,000. Delivery is expected to get underway in September 2016.

Clara is a smart lamp that helps you stay focused

Working on a project? Cramming for an exam? This brain-sensing, environment-augmenting lamp uses EEG technology to tell how focused your are and block out distractions. 

We’ve all been there: It’s late at night, you’re cramming for an exam when suddenly you’re interrupted by the simplest thing. How cool would it be to have a desktop accessory that could give you a kick in the right direction and increase your intensity as you try to finish your studying? Thanks to a group of Makers from the School of Visual Arts, that will soon be a reality.


The brainchild of developers Mejía Cobo, Belen Tenorio, and Josh Sucher, Clara is a brain-sensing lamp that employs EEG technology to tell how focus you are at a task at hand. Embedded with speaker and LEDs, the scene-augmenting device is capable of responding to changes in brainwaves, then reacting to your level of concentration by increasing the ambient music and shifting the light levels.

To bring this idea to fruition, the team used the combination of an Arduino Uno (ATmega328), an MP3 shield, several Adafruit NeoPixels, a SparkFun Bluetooth modem and a Neurosky MindWave Mobile EEG headset to wirelessly measure your “attention” and map the lamp’s color temperature, thereby subtly altering your environment.


As you begin homing in on a specific idea, the light will become crisper and cooler as the volume of the ambient noise emitted from the speaker slowly rises. This helps to enhance your ninja-like focus and block out other distractions.

“The basic structure of the Arduino code is straightforward. The NeoPixel strip is instantiated, then the Music Maker shield is instantiated, then we take advantage of interrupts to listen for, receive and act on Bluetooth serial data while the music is playing,” its creators reveal. “When the MindWave detects ‘activity’ (a number from 0-100 generated via some proprietary algorithm on the Neurosky chip), we initiate the ‘fade’ of the music and the light.”


Looking ahead, don’t be too surprised if you see Clara on Kickstarter in the coming months. Plus, the team hints that they may even migrate to an Arduino Mega (ATmega2560) for its next iteration. Until then, check out rather unique project on its page here.

Luzi is a smart lamp that will improve your sleep

Luzi isn’t just a smart lamp that helps you sleep better, it may very well be the smartest lamp ever made.

If it’s up to one Palo Alto startup, sleepless nights may finally become a thing of the past. That’s because they have developed a new sophisticated smart lamp specifically designed to improve an individual’s quality of sleep, while giving its users bedside control of the devices around them.


The Luzi Smart Lamp is an advanced sleep system that uses the combination of therapeutic light, personalized sound and voice commands to help users ease into their nightly slumber much faster and wake up more refreshed. What’s more, its creators have put an entire control station on the nightstand, enabling its users to light up the room, tell it the time that they would like to be woken, as well as sync the tower with other smart home appliances.

In addition to a touchscreen display that doubles as an alarm and a personalized clock face that can show things such as temperature, weather reports and the date, Luzi boasts four USB ports capable of powering multiple phones and tablets, Qi and PMA-certified wireless charging capabilities, and even a charging stand for Apple Watch owners. Embedded with LEDs, the lamp can adjust between various colors from a warm, orange glow to a soft, white light. According to its creators, the accessory emulates natural daylight to keep a user’s circadian rhythm in check and assist in soothing them to sleep. Throughout the night, the system functions by maintaining the user’s ideal sleep state, whereas by morning, Luzi uses new sounds and light to gently wake the user.


“Luzi is the most advanced smart lamp ever made,” explains Joel Burke, co-founder and CEO. “Studies have found a direct correlation between the quality of one’s sleep with various health problems. Our expectation is that Luzi will help to remedy these issues and promote better sleep habits.”

Meanwhile, Luzi is equipped with a microphone that listens to voice commands and automatically detects snoring, along with built-in Bluetooth speakers to talk back and a temperature sensor for measuring the ambient temperature of a room. Designed with the Internet of Things in mind, the unit is compatible with a plethora of third party smart gadgets like Switchmate, Fitbit, LifeQ, Lockitron and Luna, which means users can interact with their connected home by voice, too.

Ready for a good night’s sleep? Head over to Luzi’s Indiegogo campaign, where the team is currently seeking $50,000. Delivery is slated for March 2016.

This Wi-Fi-enabled touch light lets you stay connected with loved ones

This smart lamp gives users a decorative yet unobtrusive way to stay connected with the people they care for the most.

Picture this: A grandparent touches a lamp. Immediately, their grandchild who happens to be hundreds of miles away sees their light change. Not only does this enable the kid to know grandpa is thinking of him, the child can also respond back by placing their hand on the device as well. Or perhaps, you have a partner in the military and want a quick reassurance that they are okay.   The possibilities are endless.


With the rise of the Internet of Things (not to mention more grandparents moving to Boca Raton or Scottsdale), a new decorative light will be able to connect loved ones without ever having to pick up the phone. Dubbed Filimin, the gadget connects with other Filimins via Wi-Fi and changes colors when touched. Once this occurs, other lamps within its network will also match the color anywhere in the world at the speed of the Internet.

Filimins provide a simple, beautiful alternative to the noise of communication we all experience every day in our pile of emails, messages and seemingly never-ending social notifications. The smart lamps have one job and one job only: to reach out to those we care about without texting, reading or dialing. This is ideal for when you’ve got nothing to say and a simple gesture lets someone know you’re thinking of them.

How it works is pretty straightforward. Touch the Filimin once and it will glow one of hundreds of possible hues. Touch it again and the color will vary slightly. Continue tapping to find a color that best suits your expression.


Each Filimin is powered 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 based MCU along with a wireless module. This convergence of technology allows the device to easily be configured and operate independently from smartphones and laptop computers. Meanwhile, the series of RGB LEDs embedded within each Filimin are capable of emitting millions of colors and are designed to last the life of the product.

“Since Filimin communicates with no words, you and the people you care about get to choose the meaning of your interaction. Maybe you want to tell your friend that you’re ready to meet at your favorite hangout. Maybe you want to tell your cousin overseas that it’s an ok time for a video chat. Perhaps somebody you care about is in the hospital and you want to let them know you are thinking of them,” creator John Harrison explains.

In today’s always-on-the-go world, it’s often difficult to keep in touch with those you care about most. What’s nice about tho smart device is that it could be a continuous presence, even in times that you don’t have time or anything to share. Sound like a decorative yet functional piece you’d love to have at home? Head over to Filimin’s Kickstarter page, where the team is currently seeking $50,000. Shipment is expected to kick off in December 2015 — just in time to wish your loved ones happy holidays with some festive red and green lights.

Broogs Smart Lamp is a multi-purpose lamp for your connected home

This multi-purpose smart lamp acts as a lantern, speaker, mobile notification center and much more.

When it comes to traditional lamps, they’re often times one-dimensional. Other than brightening up your room, there’s not much more than these devices can do. However, with the rise of the Internet of Things, the need for smart gadgets that are multi-functional is becoming increasingly more popular, and sought after by consumers for their connected homes. That’s why the Broogs team, in collaboration with KSEED, have developed a multi-purpose intelligent lamp — an ideal addition to any bedroom, living room, dorm, or wherever else you may seek light.


It’s important to note that Broogs isn’t just smart lamp simply because the color of the LEDs can be changed to one of nearly 16 million hues. In fact, a variety of additional features are made available through its Bluetooth connectivity, such as streaming audio, setting alarms and pushing social media notifications. For instance, when you receive a call or text, the lamp was designed to provide audio and visual alerts through its lantern.

The lamp itself comes in two pieces, each packed with a number of its own unique functions. The lamp base is equipped with touch controls tasked with adjusting the level of brightness, turning it on/off, USB ports for charging and a Bluetooth speaker. Housed inside the base, the LED bulb is easily removable, which makes it super conveninent to move around in the dark — something that will surely come in handy if there is a sudden loss of power.


Broogs’ Smart Lamp was made to shift light away from a user’s eyes for when reading at night or looking around in the dark. This relieves any unnecessary stress keeping your eyes comfortable while you try to unwind.

Furthermore, a set of built-in USB ports will eliminate the need to take up outlet space with separate wall chargers. At the base of the lamp sits a downward facing high-quality Bluetooth speaker. Positioned slightly above the surface of wherever the lamp is placed, the speaker allows for superior acoustics by reflecting audio against the surface and dispersing it around the room.

One of, if not the, most important capabilities of the removable lantern is that it can provide nearly three to four hours of light. Not to mention, the LED lamp also uses 20 times less energy than a standard bulb so it can be used for over 20 years. With its additional USB ports, the lantern can also charge smart devices via USB until the power comes back on.


The functionality does not reside all in the lamp, however. Broogs has developed a mobile app, which is capable of setting the mood with various tones, receiving notifications and much more as the product matures. Interested in learning more? Head over to its official Indiegogo page, where the team is currently seeking $50,000. At the moment, the lamp will come in three different colors: all-white, all-black or a white and black combination. If all goes to plan, shipping is set to begin in May 2015.

11 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This conductive ink printer will let you go create circuit boards in less than an hour. Voltera is currently seeking $70,000 on Kickstarter.



This LED lighting system lets you add shining colors and special lighting effects to your home garden with one tap of your finger. The MIPOW team is currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.



These smart cups are bringing loved ones together through a series of sensors, Bluetooth 4.0, an LED strip and a little bit of coffee. When one cup is filled, the other will glow. ENTACUP is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This small wearable Bluetooth device can accurately measure temperature and humidity, as well as display the data on your smartphone. Simply pair Tempi with your phone and begin tracking your environment. The Vencipio team is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.



This multi-purpose, Bluetooth-enabled smart lamp can serve as a lantern, speaker and mobile notification center, among many other things. BROOGS is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This Wi-Fi-enabled device can attach to an existing beer fridge or part of PicoBrew’s kegerator unit to give you readings on exactly what’s happening with your brew via its OLED screen. PicoBrew is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

InBody Band


This snap-on device features a simple touchscreen display and four sensors located on its front and back that allow you to retrieve a body composition reading in just seconds. InBody is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Coolest Clock


This highly-versatile projection clock is designed to project a lot more than time. Coolest Clock is currently seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo.

RasPiO Duino


This add-on board is allowing Makers to experience the capabilities of Arduino right on a Raspberry Pi. RasPiO Duino is currently seeking £3,456 on Kickstarter.



This light, foldable and fully-equipped urban e-scooter hopes to shake up the portable transportation mark. ELECTRICMOOD is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

tago arc


This wearable band is putting a customizable curved e-ink screen right on your wrist. Liber8 Technology is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out there.

Rewind: The most futuristic lamps of 2014

From streaming music to recreating the weather, lamps are getting smarter. And well, 2014 was full of some bright ideas — literally! Here are some of the ones that caught our eye over the last 12 months.



Developed by Richard Clarkson, Cloud is an interactive lamp system comprised of an [Atmel basedArduino, some fluffy cotton and a cloth cord. According to the designer, the installation serves as a semi-immersive lightning experience and a speaker with visual feedback to mimic a thunderstorm in both appearance and entertainment.

Patch of Sky Arduino Lamp


Patch of Sky is a set of three Internet-connected ambient lights, enabling users to share the sky above them in real-time with friends and loved ones across the world. Any of 11 potential weather scenarios – including snow, fog, sun, drizzle and heat – animate the mirror with a gently pulsing gradient color. Driven by an Arduino unit, the semi-circular object gathers weather information based on one’s current Facebook location and displays it with light animations. Meanwhile BERGCloud connects the interactive “lamp” to the web.



Sure, you could just download a weather app or turn on the news to check the latest conditions, but what fun is that? A Maker by the name of Ken Kawamoto recently developed an ambient physical display that can visualize the day’s forecast, right from the comfort of your living room. While most home weather displays boast an LED screen or other methods of revealing what’s going on outside your front door, the Tempescope literally emulates the impending weather from your bookshelf, coffee table or desk. Aside from the [Atmel basedArduino, the active weather lamp-like device is controlled by a water pump, ultrasound mist diffuser, a series of LED lights, and other assorted components connected to a PC — all concealed within a clear acrylic box.



Developed by Marina Mellado, LUZ is a self-devised lamp for those who are either physically or psychologically affected by the lack of daylight — typically experienced in the upmost northern hemisphere during winter. Comprised of two LED stripes (RGB SMD5050), an Adafrut color sensor (TCS34725) and an Arduino Uno (ATmega328), the electronic system was programmed to modify the lamp’s light colors based on the weather conditions outside of the nearby window.



Having spent countless hours sitting as his desk, Frank Cohen had always found lava lamps to provide a calming effect that would help him wind down after a long day’s work. This was the inspiration behind his decision to devise a modern-day version of the once-popular decorative novelty item, which he took to Kickstarter. Cohen went ahead and created a smart Bluetooth speaker equipped with rows of programmable LED lights, each of which illuminate customizable diffusion filters. Whether one wants to keep it on their desk as a conversation piece or furnish the shelves on their walls, the possibilities are endless with this lava lamp.

Walkalight Drone


The Walkalight Drone is described by its creators as a lighting exploration that merges quadcopter and smart sensor technology to create the ultimate in personal illumination. The air-filled, balloon-shaped orb floats above a user like a street lamp, using motion sensors to follow their movements.



Interacting with objects in a new way has always been the main focus of Milan-based design studio Digital Habits. Simply stated, CROMATICA is a half speaker and half desk lamp capable of creating an ambient experience through the fusion of light and sound. 

This digital hybrid is controlled by a gestural interface as well as remotely via its companion Android and iOS app. Designed to deliver both light and sound functions, the open-source, Atmel powered CROMATICA features wireless 4.0 Bluetooth connection for streaming music and a RGB lamp for multiple ambient effects.



Dutch design student Trieuvy Luu has created a “living lamp” known as Junior — a whimsical lamp that depends on a user’s breath to keep his energy up. By breathing toward the lamp, Junior illuminates — literally and figuratively — into the perfect playful mid-day distraction. The lamp is powered an Arduino Mega (ATmega1280) paired with OpenCV facetracking. Additional project components include three servos, a camera, a microphone, a temperature sensor and six LED strips.

Harpa Night Light


Originally created by Trent Brooks for his daughter, Harpa is a large handcrafted elephant lamp shade with Wi-Fi controlled RGB LEDs, a microphone, a speaker and a custom iPad application to teach children about color. The electronics are driven by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) with an Ethernet shield for network control. Connected to the board is a 50cm 5V RGB addressable LED strip with 30 LEDs, a 3.3V microphone module for sound detection and an 8ohm speaker for playing back generated ‘white-noise’ audio.

Death Star Lamp


Always wished to have your own Star Wars Death Star? If so, you’re in luck. Nurun founder David Bliss has modded an IKEA PS 2014 lamp using an Arduino Uno (ATmega328), an Arduino Motor Shield, a linear stepper motor, NeoPixel LEDs, as well as the SmartThings platform to control the lights.



Following a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Luma is described as “a smart lamp for the 21st century.” An ideal accessory for any office, bedroom or nursery, the smart lamp is equipped with a USB charger, a built-in speaker and a microphone. This allows users to do everything from charge their mobile devices and listen to their favorite tunes to make calls and set the mood — all with the press of a smartphone button.



As kids filled with thoughts from Disney movies, we all imagined that our household items might one day magically come alive and interact with us. Makers Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dor, and Joss Doggett have now made that dream a reality with their face-tracking lamp, aptly dubbed Pinokio. According to its creators, the gizmo is an exploration into the expressive and behavioral potentials of robotic computing. The lamp’s lifelike personality is made possible through its on-board [Atmel basedArduino which is programmed to procedurally manipulate six servo motors. The lamp can even be toggled into “introvert” or “extrovert” modes, which will drastically alter the movement decision-making process.

Philips 3D-Printed Lamp


It’s without question that the industry experienced quite a surge of 3D printers and smart home technology over the last 12 months. That’s why it’s no surprise that our friends at Philips, in collaboration with design studios WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass, developed an unprecedented 3D-printed lamp. Fully-compatible with the company’s Hue wireless lighting system (which features Atmel’s ZigBee and Lightweight Mesh Stack), users can set the mood via its dedicated mobile app.

Notti Smart Lamp


Fresh off an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, Notti is a smart lamp that ca be programmed to emit various colors when receiving a text or Facebook update, carrying out an IFTTT task, being awoken by your morning alarm, or even blasting tunes. Devised by Hong Kong-based startup Witti Design, the unique light embodies an abstract geometric shape — which kind of looks a piece of The Crag from Nickelodeon Guts. Notti remains white until activated on, where a user can then select from as many as 16 million colors. Equipped with a 3W LED light, Notti connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth.

As we look ahead to 2015, smart lighting is prepared to surge ahead. According to a recent report, the market for MCU-powered LED lighting is projected to reach $525 million by the year 2019, while the customizable ‘mood’ lighting and wireless sensors space is expected to hit $220 million. With CES just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what new innovations will be ‘brought to light!’