Ario Living Review
Devised to be an unprecedented, technologically sophisticated lamp that improves sleep and thus, overall health, the Ario Living lamp does not do justice to the term "smart lamp", as its sole purpose is to imitate sun patterns through the use of geolocation and cloud technology.
THE GOOD / Altogether, the lamp is sturdy and employs industrial design notions which adds a definite allure for those with corresponding tastes. Meanwhile, the 2400 lumens output is vibrant enough to accommodate a multitude of lighting needs whether the user is relaxing in bed or completing a detailed task.
THE BAD / Advertised as a smart lamp, the heart of the Ario lamp lies in mimicking natural light and sun patterns by employing predictable measures like geolocation to aid in the creation of mood changes for the user. Lacking any truly remarkable ability, the lamp does not seem fitting amongst advanced smart lamps.
THE BOTTOM LINE / The Ario Living lamp comes with much more than Wi-Fi connectivity and a modern, industrial structure, this lamp is also equipped with a declaration to improve your health and enrich your life. While this claim is enticing and the lamp does copy the natural cycle of the sun, the concept is far-fetched. Even with its technologically advanced features, this lamp is more likely to show up on a late night infomercial than in a smart lamp hall of fame.
In development, the blueprint for the Ario Living lamp fixated on performance above all else and this is evident while examining the final product. As with all standard floor lamps, the Ario lamp brandishes a base that is namely included for stability. The Ario lamp’s base is circular and permits the stem of the lamp to be threaded into the center. The main body appears to be made of a polished steel, with a cylinder shaped, brushed metal shade. On the inside, top and bottom, two glass diffusers are in place. While on the stem, you will notice that four small buttons are prominently displayed.
The floor lamp stands at 60 inches tall and 13 inches in diameter and is a hefty 15 pounds. With the moderately bulky structure and the unrefined metallic cast, the Ario Living lamp registers as a piece that is custom made for an industrial themed home. This strong design concept unmistakably restricts the piece.
Setup & Packaging
As the Ario lamp is fairly large, some assembly is necessary after removing it from the box. At this point, the Ario lamp is not available to the general public so there are few resources to turn to aside from the included directions. Fortunately, erecting the lamp is a comprehensible undertaking, although the same cannot be said for the technological exercise.
To use the Ario lamp to its full capacity, it must be connected to the cloud and integrated with other home devices. This connection is vital to ensure that services such as geolocation and voice control are permitted. Users must also download an Ario app, which has not yet been released, so it is difficult to evaluate the proper functionality of the lamp as well as the app. As with any newly developed mobile application, it is likely that there will be some kinks to work out in the beginning which may lead to frustration for many Ario lamp owners.
The Ario Living lamp was invented with the intentions of creating a cutting edge smart lamp. With Wi-Fi, geolocation and cloud connectivity, the lamp's creators pledge to use all of these features to enhance health. The general concept is that the lamp will store information in the cloud regarding the user's daily activities, in combination with their location, to present changing light that is comparable to the way that sunlight changes throughout the day. While the light exhibited does change automatically, it appears to do little more than replicate the sun's natural patterns based on the user's GPS location, which clearly does not require the use of excessive technological to achieve.
In terms of actual light, the lamp has a 2400 Lm output, equal to that of a 150W LED bulb although there are no replacement bulbs, and operates with 50/60Hz of power. This model can be controlled both manually and through a wireless controller.