Bringing light to life

Some of you may be wondering what I have been up to lately since I took a break from my work in the KDE community. Well, it was time for a change, a change towards family, friends and a more local life. The result is a more balanced, a more grown up me. These changes in my life lead to me having a small family and a group of new friends, both of which I spend a lot of time with. They brought more light into my life, one could say.

That is not all I want to talk about, however. I the past 1.5 years I worked on a new project of mine that combines my love for software with the physical world. I created a product and brought it to the market last month. Now, we’re ready for the international launch of Organic Lighting. The product is a design smart lamp for the living room. It combines unique and dynamic visual effects with natural, sustainable materials.
Meet our Aurora lamp:

It’s a connected device that can be eighter controlled using its physical knob on the front, or via its web ui (or REST interface). Effects can be changed, tweaked and its firmware can be updated (nobody should want an IoT device that can’t get security of feature updates). The concept here, technically is to do “light in software”. The lamp is run by a microcontroller embedded in its foot. Its roughly 600 leds produce ca. 4000 Lumen and render effects at more than 200 frames per seconds.
The lamp is built with easy repairs in mind, and it’s designed for a long-lasting experience, it respects your privacy, and it creates a unique atmosphere in your living space.

With our products, we’re offering an alternative to planned deprecation, throw-away materials and hidden costs of cheap electronics that make you the product by consuming your data for breakfast.

In the future, we will build on these concepts and technology and offer more devices and components that match our principles and that enhance one-another. Stay tuned!

4 thoughts on “Bringing light to life

  1. It’s looks really awesome and it’s really great to hear that you had sustainability in mind. If it weren’t so pricey, I’d get one right away. A Plasmoid applet for controlling it would be rather cool though. :-)

    1. Glad you like it! Unfortunately, we can’t make it any cheaper, since margins aren’t all that big. The lamp is made by skilled craftsmen, plus high quality material, all not that cheap to make. In exchange for that you get a product that will last a long time, is easy to repair when it breaks (or needs an update a few years down the road) and that you can put in your living area being proud of what it’s made of.

  2. Looks amazing. Is the device itself hackable? And is the REST interface documented somewhere?

    I feel like ordering one, but I should probably run it past Management[tm] at home before doing it.

    1. The device itself is not hackable as the firmware is encrypted, if you flash it, you’ll brick it. (I may be able to give you access, though.) I have not yet documented the REST and websocket interfaces, but can do so on request, just as I can implement special wishes you may have.

      Hope management at home will approve! :)

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