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Nanoleaf delivers music syncing for its Aurora smart lights

Richard Lawler

Nanoleaf's WiFi-connected Aurora smart lights are notable for their modular design, allowing owners to set up designs to their liking and then program colorful displays via an app. Now, it's nearly ready to ship a couple of add-ons that should make the panels even more impressive for your guests. The Aurora Rhythm module plugs into the light and picks up on sounds in the room to automatically create matching light shows. You can also create animated "scenes" to play along with certain types of music, and share them with others through its app.

The other new piece of hardware debuting this fall is the remote, which has an unusual dodecahedron design -- just turn it to change animations, brightness or other settings. There are many other smart lights on the market (Philips Hue comes to mind), but the Aurora panels have a sleek design, and these extra connected features could be a difference maker. Nanoleaf is showing of both products at IFA this week, promising that a "Smarter Kit" for the Rhythm (with nine panels and one rhythm module) will be available for 250 euros and individual modules are 60 euros, while the remote is coming later this fall for a price that's still TBD.