Helios is a touch-sensitive lighting solution that can be used as a canvas


Sometimes, the light in rooms is either too dull or too sharp and people just can’t get over how to dial the right amount of light. There’s either light or no light, right? Helios – a Kickstarter hopeful, is out to set things straight with all our first-world lighting problems.

Helios is basically an Interface. It’s a touch screen device that’s meant to be mounted atop a wall for users to interact with and operate its lighting depending on the lighting conditions required. All the user has to do is swipe over the hexagonal units to activate or deactivate the light. The design is modular so there can be any number of these things on the wall.

The package it comes in, consists of multiple plastic hexagons that can be connected together via magnets to form patterns to form a wall, should the user wish to make a light wall, however cool that sounds. The magnets allow electricity to pass through each hexagon seamlessly, with the connection not being interrupted and allowing multiple hexagons to light up all at once.

Basically, if there’s too much light, the user can swipe the parts of the wall mount to switch off illumination so that the light is dull enough. For those who are creative, it’ll also allow for a great canvas to make for some art on a large block of wall.

“What we’ve developed is a modular lighting system that gives the user a more tactile lighting experience, in which they can have as much or as little light as they want,” co-founder James Glover told Digital Trends. “You get to turn lights on and off using a swipe of the wall. It’s a fun kind of feedback for illuminating a room, almost like an art installation.”

It first started out as a university project by the makers and eventually turned into what we know as Helios. People can attach as many individual hexagons as they want. Obviously, buying just one Helio won’t be enough. So it comes in packs.

The Helios absorbs as much power as an energy efficient LED bulb, so users won’t need to worry about the rising power bill. What’s better is that when the Helios are mounted on the wall, users can use either the sticky tape behind the units, as well as placeholders for nails. So there’s extra protection from falling.

A pack of five will cost about $60 but the cost goes down the more Helios the user buys. It’s only available for pre-order now on Kickstarter and shipping will take place on April 2017.


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