Despite the industry’s best efforts, smart home tech can never really seem to blend into traditional home decor. Counter to this notion, the Japanese company Nissha has gone to the extreme and created an interactive display packed into a uniform piece of polished wood. Deemed Mui, the latest in beautifully-designed smart home tech can control lights, display information and more.
The latest mix between stylish decor and smart home functionality is brought to us by Nissha, a company based out of Kyoto, Japan. At its core Mui is an internet-connected display packed into a piece of wood that can control your home’s lighting and other devices, show messages and more.
Packed within the connected slab of wood you’ll find 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a speaker/microphone array. Mui stacks up to over 26-inches in length and is just over 1-inch thick. Inside Mui’s wooden exterior is also a capacitive touch panel that allows for you to interact with the device. The flagship model is composed of sycamore wood, but Nissha isn’t stopping there. Versions made of various materials are said to be in the works as well, with prototypes created from mirror glass, marble and a fabric similar to the 2nd Gen. Amazon Echo and Google Home.
But Mui is way more than just its classically-designed good looks. Aside from its ability to display time, upcoming weather forecasts and more, Mui works with Philips Hue among other popular smart home devices. Not all of its device compatibility is ready to go as of now due to the device is still being developed, but at launch the company plans to have Alexa, Nest, IFTTT and other integrations ready.
Unfortunately Mui and its gorgeous wooden design is still in the prototype phase. Nissha is working to bring its new smart home gadget to crowdfunding sites by sometime next year, but other details are pretty scarce. Mui is estimated to enter with a retail price around $900, with the possibility to pick up one for $1,200 depending on the selected finish and material.
While nearly $1,000 is a lot for an internet-connected slab of wood, Mui is absolutely something I’d love to have in my home someday. And even if it is some time before the device becomes more affordable, we can at least hope that other companies will follow Nissha’s lead and design more natural-looking gadgets for the home.
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