Nanoleaf has a new update released today for Canvas smart lights that transforms color-changing tiles into touch-based HomeKit buttons to activate scenes. Touch actions let you assign HomeKit scenes to specific canvas stones to control groups of smart home accessories without an app or voice.
That convenience is important in situations where voice is not appropriate (like when people sleep) and using an app is too fiddly. Using Touch Actions, Nanoleaf puts a HomeKit button for assigning up to three scenes per tile directly to the wall. Smart canvas in canvas are square, touch-based accent lights that can also be controlled through HomeKit and Siri.
The new Touch Actions feature requires a HomeKit hub on the network (ie, an Apple TV, always on iPad or HomePod) to run scenes. Using today's update, Canvas can be displayed as a HomeKit button in the Home app for configuration. Nanoleaf also offers a hardware control that acts as a HomeKit button.
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Seamless integration with all Apple HomeKit devices, new upgrade for Nanoleafs Canvas Smarter Kit makes light for "smart buttons", making smart home commands more accessible than ever before
TORONTO – August 1, 2019 –  Smart lighting pioneer Nanoleaf has launched Touch Actions, an upgrade to the Canvas Smarter Kit that allows you to control all HomeKit devices just by touching one of the panes. Nanoleaf Canvas Smarter Kit is a smart, modular lighting system that consists of LED light panes that are synchronized to real-time music. With the new Touch Actions feature, any light field on a canvas layout can be turned into a touch-reactive “smart button” that can be used to control all HomeKit products without the use of a phone.
Gimmy Chu, Nanoleaf CEO, said "Technology works best when it seamlessly fits into our daily routines. Touch actions eliminate the extra steps of unplugging, unlocking, swiping and tapping the phone's app. Now users of Nanoleaf create magical experiences across all of their HomeKit devices, whether entertaining guests, relaxing at home or hanging out with friends just by tapping a canvas square in the layout. ”
With three touch options to choose from – single tap, double press and long press – Nanoleaf's touch actions take wireless control to a new level of freedom as each canvas square can be customized for a different occasion, activity or time of day.
For example, users can program a square for their "Good Morning" Scene. tap on the assigned square to get ready in the morning, turn on the canvas for a bright morning scene, turn on the bedroom fan, and even turn on the kettle (v ia smart plug) to start boiling water for tea – all at once. The pressure of another square can turn off all the lights and turn off the thermostat to save energy while you're out of the house. Users get to decide which square does exactly what, and with HomeKit enabled smart plugs, non-connected devices can also be included in smart home controls.
Nanoleaf was built to change the way we think about lighting. The modular lights have colored countless homes and offices, creating more vibrant spaces for living, playing and working. Touch Actions takes this mission a step further, making smart home commands more seamless and accessible than ever before.
Touch Actions is available for iOS devices and requires connection to a Home Hub device, including Apple TV, iPad or HomePod. Requires version 1.4.0+ on Nanoleaf Canvas and Nanoleaf iOS App 3.4.0+. To experience Touch Actions, just configure in the Nanoleaf App and Home App.