Nanoleaf’s new Rhythm module turns any Aurora array into a dazzling music visualizer

November 9, 2017 by  
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Last year Nanoleaf unveiled Aurora – a stunning lighting array made of modular, energy-efficient LED panels . They’re continuing to develop the system, and they just unveiled the Rhythm – a new module that transforms any Aurora array into a glimmering music visualizer. Simply plug the Rhythm into an Aurora panel and fire up your stereo – it’ll listen to your tunes and light up to the beat of your favorite songs. Inhabitat has followed Nanoleaf for years – and they’ve come a long way from making LED light bulbs . The Aurora is a sophisticated lighting system that can display over 16 million colors – and it’s getting smarter by the day. When they reached out to us with their latest innovation, we knew we had to try it out for ourselves. The Rhythm is a clever device that transforms music and ambient sounds into shimmering bursts of LED light. Setting it up is a snap – simply construct an Aurora array and then plug the Rhythm module into one of the triangular panels. The device uses a built-in microphone to listen to sound – so you don’t need to plug it into your stereo – and all of the processing is conducted on-board in real-time. Nanoleaf has created an impressive smartphone app that makes it easy to control your Aurora array. The app automatically senses the configuration of the panels and it provides options for different color palettes and Rhythm patterns – with the option to download many more. We generally found that the patterns respond quite well to a wide range of music – although your mileage will vary based on how many panels you own and how your array is set up. Songs with strong beats and well-isolated elements tend to produce better results than music with complex rhythms and overlapping textures. Certain patterns like “Meteor Shower” and “Streaking Notes” tend to benefit from large, densely packed arrays, while the “Sound Bar” pattern works best with more linear arrays. The obvious application for Aurora panels is adding colorful mood lighting to a room – but the Rhythm module expands their appeal to DJs and musicians, audiovisual artists, and anyone who wants to bring home a bit of ‘Blade Runner’ futurism. We’re also excited to see the applications that makers come up with – the panels support Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Amazon Alexa, so your Aurora array can interface with other smart devices in your house. Our only gripe is that an Aurora array can be a bit tricky to install – it takes some planning and a lot of adhesive strips, and the chips connecting the panels don’t lock in place. If I were to install an array in my home, I’d consider mounting it to a board, trimming the excess material, and then hanging it as a single unit. Overall, we’re very impressed by the vibrancy and brightness of Nanoleaf’s Aurora panels, and the Rhythm module brings a fun new dimension to the system. A single array is enough to wash an an entire room in color, and the panels are capable of subtle, pulsing hue changes as well as dazzling firework-style effects. The Nanoleaf Rhythm is currently available as a module for $49.99 or bundled along with an Aurora kit for $229.99. + Nanoleaf

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Nantucket to be powered by a 48 MWh Tesla Powerpack system

November 9, 2017 by  
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Over 10,000 people live on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts . To deal with electricity demand and replace old diesel generators, National Grid is turning to Tesla . They plan to install a 48 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage system (BESS) provided by Elon Musk’s company. Two submarine cables currently power the small island, with two six megawatt (MW) diesel generators as backups should a cable fail. But National Grid said the diesel generators are old and have to be replaced. They’re solving the problem with the BESS and a new diesel generator. Electrek said a 48 MWh system will require more than 200 of Tesla’s Powerpacks , so it will be one of the largest energy storage projects Tesla has tackled so far. Related: New Tesla Powerpack system to offer energy savings of 40-50% With the demand for electricity, and considering the growth forecast, National Grid said Nantucket’s backup systems had to be expanded, and they had originally expected a third submarine cable would be necessary in around 12 years. But thanks to the BESS, they think they can delay the third cable for 15 to 20 years past the 12-year forecast. President of National Grid’s FERC Regulated Businesses and New Energy Solutions Rudy Wynter described the BESS as an effective and efficient solution. The town of Nantucket’s energy coordinator Lauren Sinatra said in a statement, “We are confident that the proposed project, combined with targeted energy-savings programs and other planned electric infrastructure upgrades, will play a transformational role in meeting Nantucket’s near- and long-term energy needs.” Tesla has been busy moving the clean power revolution forward. They’ve made progress on the biggest battery installation in the world : the 100 MW/129 MWh battery system in Australia. They’ve also been among the companies responding to Puerto Rico’s electricity crisis following Hurricane Maria, with Powerwalls and solar power at a children’s hospital . Via National Grid and Electrek Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia Commons

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Siemens debuts first electrified eHighway in the US

November 9, 2017 by  
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Siemens just launched a one-mile long demonstration site for its electrified eHighway system, the first of its kind in the United States . The eHighway demo is being run in California  near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The demonstration system includes an overhead catenary system, through which three electric big-rig trucks can recharge, that is similar those found above trolley or streetcar lines. Through the eHighway system, select highway lanes could be electrified, allowing electric vehicles to charge as they move and empowering a zero-emissions transportation system on existing port infrastructure. Siemens, in collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), is hoping to address a serious source of air pollution  with the new eHighway system. Large trucks, such as those used for shipping goods across country, are the largest contributing source of smog-forming emissions in Southern California. “This project will help us evaluate the feasibility of a zero-emission cargo movement system using overhead catenary wires,” said Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD’s executive officer. “This demonstration could lead to the deployment of eHighway systems that will reduce pollution and benefit public health for residents living near the ports.” Currently, a battery-electric truck, a natural gas-hybrid-electric truck, and a diesel hybrid truck are being tested for effectiveness at the demonstration site on South Alameda Street from East Lomita Boulevard to the Dominguez Channel in Carson, California. While this may be the first eHighway site in the United States, the first such system on public roads opened in Sweden in June 2016. Related: World’s first electric dump truck stores as much energy as 8 Tesla Model S cars The eHighway system is designed with the future in mind. “Experts expect global CO2 emissions from road freight traffic to more than double by 2050,” said Andreas Thon, head of Turnkey Projects & Electrification, North America. “This electrified truck system, what we call eHighway, can modernize the existing infrastructure using the latest technology to accommodate the growing amount of freight travel, reduce harmful emissions , and keep these ports, one of our country’s major economic drivers, competitive.” + Siemens USA Images via Siemens USA

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This light-filled tiny house is made almost entirely of reclaimed wood

November 9, 2017 by  
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Proving that repurposed materials can be used to create gorgeous design, this 26-foot-long Legacy tiny home is made almost entirely from reclaimed wood . New Hampshire-based builders Wood & Heart designed the house with a compact yet sophisticated living area enhanced by an abundance of natural light thanks to three large skylights. From the exterior to the interior, the tiny space was designed to offer all of the comforts of a “regular” home. The structure is clad in cedar wood siding that contrasts nicely with Shou Sugi Ban -style charred cedar trim, giving the home a nice rustic feel. Related: The minimalist Yoshino Cedar House was built entirely out of locally-sourced timber Wood accents line the interior – including black walnut and African mahogany counter tops, 3? solid hardwood oak flooring, floating black walnut shelves and a wooden dining table. Covering the space is a ceiling made entirely from rough-sawn planks of reclaimed timber. Three large skylights and 13 Andersen windows provide the space with plenty of natural light . The living space is warm and comfy, with a sleeping loft and full-size pull-out sofa for guests. The kitchen, although compact, has enough space to make a nice meal with a four-burner stovetop and a 24-inch ceramic farmhouse sink. Of course, ample storage space is found throughout the home. Wooden planks cover the length of the interior’s flooring until the bathroom, where honeycomb geometric tiles take over. The bathroom was also built with a reclaimed accent wall. The Legacy, which can be hauled on any standard trailer, is currently on sale for $85,000 including all of the furniture, appliances and decor. + Wood & Heart Building Co. Via New Atlas Images via Wood & Heart Building Co.

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Add a splash of ‘living paint’ to your walls with Nanoleaf’s new LED light panels

November 1, 2016 by  
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Composed of nine lightweight, triangular LED lights that can be fit together in different configurations, the Nanoleaf Aurora can light up your wall (or any other flat surface in your home) using a palette of over 16 million colors. It can go from a soothing white light in the morning to a blaze of energizing purples, blues and greens during the day to a relaxing warm light in the evening–or pretty much any other type mood lighting you can imagine. RELATED: Nanoleaf’s Gem LED light bulb shines like a glimmering jewel The Nanoleaf Aurora Smarter lighting kit was made for DIY installation and includes 9 RGBW Smart LED Panels, 9 Panel Connectors, 9 Mounting Stencils, 28 Mounting Strips, 1 Power Supply Unit, and 1 Controller Unit. Because the panels weigh so little, there’s no need to drill any holes in your walls, making the Aurora ideal for renters as well. While the Aurora does come with a controller, the panels can also be configured using the Nanoleaf Smarter Series app or with your voice through Siri and Apple HomeKit. Because the Aurora is tunable white, it can also be used to mimic daylight, meaning it can double as a mood-enhancing light for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or for anyone who could use a bit more natural light in their lives. Nanoleaf says they also plan on releasing a ‘sunrise’ function soon that will allow the Aurora to gradually get brighter each morning as gentle way to help people wake up. The Aurora Smarter Kit retails for $199.99 and is available at Best Buy and the MoMA Design Store . + Nanoleaf Aurora

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Nanoleaf launches new smart hub that allows you to control your lighting using Siri

October 27, 2015 by  
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We have seen major leaps and bounds in the past decade or so when it comes to efficient home lighting and the options available to the public keep getting better. The designers at Nanoleaf  are at the forefront of this movement and have successfully completed two Kickstarter campaigns for their unique products. Now, Nanoleaf has just launched their newest innovation on Indiegogo : the Nanoleaf Smarter Kit. One of the first products enabled with Apple’s much-anticipated HomeKit capabilities, it enables homeowners to control their lights with a simple verbal request to Siri. Read the rest of Nanoleaf launches new smart hub that allows you to control your lighting using Siri

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Origami-inspired Nanoleaf Gem is a beautiful energy-efficient glass LED

May 29, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Origami-inspired Nanoleaf Gem is a beautiful energy-efficient glass LED Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco lighting , energy efficient lighting , green design , green designers new york , green furniture fair , green lighting , ICFF , ICFF furniture fair , LED lights , Nanoleaf , Nanoleaf Gem , new york design , new york design week , new york furniture fair , splyt light , sustainable design

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New Nanoleaf Gem LED light shines brightly for Earth Day

April 22, 2015 by  
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Nanoleaf , who previously released the fabulous Bloom LED light , has created a shiny new piece in time for Earth Day 2015: the Nanoleaf Gem ! This LED décor bulb, which has a light quality equal to any incandescent bulb, has an elegant frosted white glass finish that makes it as beautiful to look at as it is energy efficient. Most LEDs are designed to work hard rather than look good, but the Gem , which looks and sparkles like a luminous gemstone, spans both worlds to create gorgeous interior ambience. + Nanoleaf The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: energy efficient lighting , Gem light bulb , LED bulb , led light bulbs , LED lightbulb , LED lights , Nanoleaf , Nanoleaf Bloom , Nanoleaf Gem , Nanoleaf LED

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Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

April 22, 2015 by  
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We can take our hats off to Germany, a country which has been leading the way with investment in renewable energy , and pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany’s Earthship builders point out that most buildings have a long way to go before they’re truly sustainable. A new Earthship Biotecture project in Cologne seeks to educate the next generation in how to build radically self sufficient structures, without complicated machines or an engineering degree. There’s even a chance for you to get involved and learn alongside the team! Read the rest of Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “sustainable architecture” , Earthship Biotecture , Earthship Cologne , eco design , german green building , green architecture , Green Building , green energy Germany , michael reynolds , Recycled Materials , renewable energy , self-sufficient homes , Sustainability in Education , sustainable design

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