If you like all things LED then the Lucis Lamp will serve as a great accessory
Lucis Lamp uses plexiglass and is splash proof so you can take with you to pool or beach
It uses touch strip to control brightness and other features
Recently I replaced one of the bulbs in my home with a Philips Hue light. The Philips Hue comes across as just another bulb but the magic lies in its ability to change colors and be controlled using a digital assistant, be it Alexa on Amazon Echo or Assistant on Google Home. It then led to me to look for a light source that offers the option to change colors like the Hue but lacks all that smartness.
Our gadgets and connected lifestyle at large is on hyper drive right now. Our smartphones are as powerful as our computers and our mobile internet connection is several folds faster than the dial up connections from some years ago. With all of that processing power and faster connectivity, we usually miss out on simplicity. My primary reason behind looking for a light source that changes color like a chameleon but lacks connectivity options was driven by the idea of having one less connected device at my helm. I found one such device in the form of the Lucis lamp.
I know at least a dozen people who would rate the original Pebble as the best smartwatch. These are people who backed the crowdfunding project on Kickstarter and felt proud when it finally shipped. The Lucis Lamp is also a product of the crowdfunding idea. Rather than relying on some investors and trading in some equity, crowdfunding lets product designers and engineers chart out their roadmap and seek funds from the public at large for their idea. In that sense, the Lucis lamp is a big, big success.
Lucis was funded 146 percent when it went live for the first time on Indiegogo. Innovative Brands b.v., the Amsterdam-based startup behind Lucis described the product as “No Buttons. No App. Just touch Lucis to change Color & Brightness.”
The description for the device could not have been any simpler. It features a cube-shaped structure made out of plexiglass that houses light emitting diodes (LEDs) for an experience where the light can change from deep white to turquoise blue. These LEDs are central to the experience and the base of Lucis has a quarter-inch screw to mount it on a tripod or a custom accessory.
What makes it ingenious is the touch strip running through the bottom edge of the device. The Lucis basically has four touch points which can be used to change the color of those LEDs, increase or decrease the brightness. There is also a removable magnetic playcoin button that acts as a ON-OFF switch. If you are someone who doesn’t want to fiddle around with those buttons then Lucis allows to simply shake to activate or disable the lamp.
Among other interesting design choices, Lucis has these buttons marked in a subtle fashion and don’t come in the way of those lights when Lucis is powered on. It charges via micro-USB port and takes around four hours for a full charge. The micro-USB port is a bit recessed into the frame and you will have to use the supplied power cord to charge the device.
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The creators of Lucis claim it can last for up to 40 hours on a single charge and I must say it lasted well beyond that time frame. I am not very concerned about the interiors of my house and I entertain very few people there. But I realized that gadgets like Lucis can bring a sense of distinct design and personalization to even an average home. With more realty developers adding smart gadgetry to homes, it is only natural for us to bring home devices like Lucis.
The Lucis is also splash proof and in fact, its founders want those buying the device to their adventure trips. I must mention here that our review unit seemed to have caught some dirt but it vanished after rubbing it off with a bit of water. I am not sure if there are any other electronic device that can be cleaned or maintained in similar way.
As a technology writer, I find technology in every day to day thing and look for ways to connect them with internet and experience that gadget via a smartphone app. However, the Lucis was a welcome change with great functionality, easy to use technology and totally personal experience. It made me realize not everything needs to be connected and not every gadget needs to speak with some other gadget or internet service.
I have been planning a workstation setup at home for quite sometime now. It will include a liquid-cooling rig with a bunch of LEDs thrown for a surreal effect, of course a mechanical keyboard with multiple backlit color options, a gaming mouse that glows and then I will throw in this Lucis as an accessory for an ultimate desk setup.
Lucis is no doubt a cool product and the fact that it’s creators did not include any modern connectivity features makes it one less gadget to worry about or get notifications from. However, the lack of an ecosystem of such products makes it expensive. At $87 (around Rs 5,500) of Idearary, the price is steep but it’s all about what you seek – a no, nonsense product or one that annoy you with notifications.