Right here’s a peculiar factor; again in April, Nanoleaf introduced that present Shapes, Traces, and different Wi-Fi lights merchandise would no longer “instantly” obtain a Topic replace. We was hoping to get some explanation at the Topic release match in Amsterdam, but if we introduced up the subject, Nanoleaf remained tight-lipped—what offers?
In idea, Nanoleaf Shapes and Traces are ideal for Topic. They already double as Thread border routers, because of a suite of updates that rolled out from August 2021 to January 2022. Plus, Nanoleaf confirms that its upcoming Topic-ready Necessities will reinforce Topic’s Multi-Admin protocol for compatibility with different corporations’ apps and equipment.
So, why is Nanoleaf protecting out? Within the outdated April press liberate that I discussed previous, Nanoleaf defined that present merchandise are already arrange in shoppers’ properties. Rolling out a Topic replace would “divert construction time and assets” for one thing that wouldn’t “alternate the way in which you presently use” Shapes or Traces.
I’d say that that is some lovely sound common sense. No less than, it might be if Nanoleaf close its doorways and not bought any other product. New shoppers would completely get pleasure from Topic-compatible Shapes and Traces, as they’d streamline software setup and inspire Topic adoption around the good house business.
Whilst I don’t need to make any assumptions, I concern that Nanoleaf will merely release a brand new lineup of Topic-compatible Shapes and Traces. Finally, that’s what it simply did with the Necessities lineup! This technique would depart present shoppers within the mud, which doesn’t appear to be a good suggestion (particularly if present Shapes and Traces are really “Topic-compatible,” as Nanoleaf claimed previous this yr).
Now, to be transparent, Nanoleaf used to be lovely clear concerning the state of affairs with its Necessities. It at the start designed Necessities as Topic-ready merchandise (two years in the past, thoughts you), however because the specification underwent delays and overhauls, Necessities all of sudden turned into incompatible with Topic. Launching a brand new line of Necessities used to be Nanoleaf’s most effective choice, and it instructed us so previous this yr.
We want this type of transparency for Shapes and Traces. Are present Shapes and Traces well matched with Topic, or are they no longer? Will they get replaced by way of new Topic-compatible merchandise, or will they obtain an replace?
For what it’s price, Nanoleaf tells us that it has some Topic-related bulletins waiting for CES 2023. Possibly we simply want to sit down and wait.