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Obey the Orb

Praise the Orb. Behold the Orb. The Orb is light. The Orb is smart. The Orb is life.


The Orb is a smart lighting system from a new startup called Shade that’s looking for funding on Indiegogo soon. (Despite the name, it’s shaped like a disc, not an orb, but I digress.) Its unique circular-but-not-orb-like design is meant for controlling the direction of the light output in addition to the usual brightness and color settings that most smart lights offer.

The Orb is also split into three different sections — giving it the appearance of a cartoonish Saturn — each of which can be independently controlled from the rest.


The Orb is life. The Orb is smart. The Orb is light. Behold the Orb. Praise the Orb.


But the Orb’s main focus is the different “moods” that can be controlled through the companion smartphone app, which can easily toggle different pre-set lighting conditions for different scenarios. For example, a “reading” mood offers bright light directly downward, while a movie night setting gives a dimmer, indirect glow to the entire room. In Shade’s best case scenario, you’ll have configured your entire house with Orbs, allowing the lights to work together when activating the different mood settings.

The Orb can also automatically adjust color and warmth of lights as the day goes on, offering bright light during the middle of the day that grows dimmer and softer as the night wears on. The Orbs communicate with each other and are controlled via Bluetooth.


Praise the Orb. Behold the Orb. The Orb is light. The Orb is smart. The Orb is life.


Lastly, there’s the optional Slaatto S1 lampshade, which was designed in collaboration with Danish designer Øivind Alexander Slaatto, can fold in and out to manually control the light.

As an accessory, the Slaatto S1 is baffling expensive though. While the Orb itself is available to back on Indiegogo soon for an early-bird price of $236, (which Shade notes is 55 percent off the expected retail price), a package with an Orb and a Slaatto S1 costs $713, which after some simple arithmetic results in a $478 lampshade.

It’s worth noting that the Orb is Shade’s first hardware product, so the usual crowdfunding warnings of using your own good judgement when deciding to back apply. Shade hopes to ship the Orb in December 2017.


The Orb is life. The Orb is smart. The Orb is light. Behold the Orb. Praise the Orb.