Lighting innovator Nanoleaf opens up Thread capabilities for key products

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What you need to know

  • Three product lines will soon gain Thread capabilities
  • These include Shapes, Elements, and Lines
  • The goodies will arrive through new firmware.

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nanoleaf (opens in new tab) has announced plans to allow its key lighting products to act as Thread Border Routers via Apple's HomeKit. Shapes, Elements, and Lines products will gain the new capabilities through a firmware update arriving sometime this quarter. Thread is a low-power, hub-free wireless mesh networking protocol built for the Internet of Things.

This isn't the first time Nanoleaf has embraced Thread. Already, its Nanoleaf Essentials bulb and light strip support the protocol. By doing so, smart home accessories can better communicate with the internet, apps, and each other.

As noted previously, a Thread Border Router acts as a gatekeeper for your network by providing the proper credentials to new accessories during the setup process. It also assigns roles for the device once connected. The HomePod mini and Apple TV 4K (2021) are Apple's first products to act as Thread Border Routers.

With the upcoming Nanoleaf firmware update, Shapes, Elements, and Lines will work with all Thread over HomeKit devices, including the Nanoleaf Essentials Bulb & Lightstrip, Apple TV 4K, and multiple Eve products (Thermo, Switch, Energy, Aqua, Weather, and Door and Window Sensor).

Over the years, Nanoleaf lighting products have been well-received for their uniqueness and ease of use. The company's latest product, Lines, received a 4 1/2-star iMore rating in October. The 4-star Elements product arrived last July.

iMore will continue to highlight new technology products and services announced at this year's CES, which runs through the end of the week. Already, we've noted new product announcements from Aqara, Intel, and many more.

Nanoleaf is also working closely with the Connectivity Standards Alliance to build support for Matter in Nanoleaf's current and future lines; Nanoleaf's first products to be compatible with Matter will be available with the protocol launch in late 2022.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.