Smart lighting pioneer Nanoleaf announces today their plans to integrate Thread into all upcoming products, leading the way for this emerging technology within the smart home industry. True to their mission to innovate and create the most forward-thinking products, Nanoleaf launched one of the very first Thread-enabled consumer smart lights earlier this year – the Essentials bulb and light strip – and plans to develop all future products with the new Thread protocol at the forefront of its technology.
Smart home today is messy and complicated
Today’s smart home promises to simplify our lives, but so far none have lived up to this standard. Instead, smart products have introduced new frustrations: a “plug and play” pairing process that turns into hours on the phone with tech support, dropped connections and an overwhelming mish mash of hubs, devices and cables. If a smart home is meant to make our lives easier, why does it only add more stress? Thread is the answer to a seamless smart home experience, but no one seems to know about it. Yet.
Hidden beneath the jargon is a cutting edge smart home solution
Thread has mostly been described as a “low latency mesh network” – but what does this mean in English? With Thread, your smart home will have no more delays, no dropped connections and your devices will finally speak the same unified language. The self-reinforcing mesh network means all of your devices can now talk to each other in real-time instead of relying on a central location like WiFi or Bluetooth. If your kitchen light loses its connection, your other devices will automatically find a different path to turn on and magically self-heal the entire network without any disruptions. This all happens in the background in real-time, so for the user, it simply just works.
“At Nanoleaf, we’re committed to creating unparalleled experiences for the smart home. We only want to make products that deliver the best performance, but existing smart technologies failed to meet our needs in achieving that goal. As soon as Thread was introduced to the market, we knew this was our answer to creating a better smart home,” says Gimmy Chu, CEO & Co-Founder of Nanoleaf. “There are inherent drawbacks to Wifi, Bluetooth and Zigbee – however, Thread brings together the best of the three worlds. We would not have launched the Essentials if it was just going to be another Bluetooth or WiFi product. We truly believe that Thread is the future. With Apple, Google and Amazon all behind Thread, it’s only a matter of time before all other smart home product makers follow suit.”
A Thread-enabled Future
The Essentials are just the beginning. All of Nanoleaf’s upcoming products, including the Essential’s BR30 bulb coming out later this year, will have Thread technology to provide the most reliable smart home for users. There are a number of Thread-enabled products planned for release in 2021 which will continue to strengthen the Thread ecosystem to create a unified smart home. Nanoleaf will be at the forefront, developing even more ways for users to access Thread to ensure the smart home becomes the most intelligent it can be in the years to come.