Nanoleaf has always offered unique, interesting smart lighting with all of its products, but the company’s new Screen Mirror feature takes it to the next level. Screen Mirror takes the idea of ambient screen lighting and expounds on it. A simple LED setup can reflect the ambient light onto the wall behind the screen, but Nanoleaf’s Screen Mirror takes the colours and hues of your screen and transforms them into a light show that enhances the overall experience.
Using a new version of the Nanoleaf Desktop App, available for Mac and Windows, you can enable the Screen Mirror feature to have your Nanoleaf lights react in real-time to what’s on your screen. Downloading the free software to your Mac or PC would turn the feature on, and your triangular or square-shaped panels will mimic the colours in real-time.
Screen Mirror works with Nanoleaf Aurora and Nanoleaf Canvas light panels and features four different modes: Match, Palette, Melt, and Fade. The Match is a “direct match of what you have on-screen” — the colours on-screen are reflected in your light panels as accurately as possible. Palette is a fade-in of the colours on-screen that happens every few seconds.
Melt is described as the “dominant colour of your screen gradually melts into the next,” while Flow is the same as Melt — except the “dominant colour of the screen smoothly melts into the next.”
Nanoleaf has also added a desktop app to give more precise control of your setup. You can choose specific parts of the screen to synchronize your lights with, which has multiple implications for gaming. For example, choose to sync your screen with where your health bar is displayed and you’ll have a more visual indicator when you need to pop a health pack.
The company touts that this feature “creates an immersive theatre-like experience” by mirroring your on-screen activity onto your Nanoleaf Light Panels and Nanoleaf Canvas.
Users can personalize their movie and gaming experience even more with layout rotations. Create dramatic visuals by flipping the mirrored effect upside down for a stunning contrast on your Nanoleaf lighting layout.
There are some limitations to how this Screen Mirror feature works. Nanoleaf says that Screen Mirror “requires a connection from TV to computer to operate.” This means your TV must be connected to your computer in order to have the contents mirrored. Furthermore, Netflix on Mac computers is not compatible with the feature. Anything else you view on your Mac, however, should be able to transform using Nanoleaf’s Screen Mirror.