At the recently concluded CES 2023, Kyoto-based tech start-up mui Lab, founded in 2017, introduced the second-generation mui Board with the idea to make stress-free digital living possible. mui Board 2nd Gen connects all Matter-equipped devices seamlessly to create a unified smart home experience but without the distraction and overdose of technology.
Powered by Calm UI, mui Board is a wooden interactive panel with built-in sensors that allows homeowners to control lights, change temperature, display time, messages, weather updates, temperature, and do much more.
Owing to its wooden plank-like design, mui Board blends easily into its surroundings without distracting users with its presence. It turns on only when one needs to access important information and remains off at other times, minimizing the visual clutter.
mui Board is Alexa compatible; it can be used to send voice messages or you can compile messages directly by writing on the board with hand. Since the board connects to the mui mobile app, the board can be configured to show a range of information including weather updates, or use to set a timer to schedule how lights dim as the night sets in.
mui Labs’s Matter-ready smart home interface board was demoed at CES to present ‘Calm Bedroom’ experience that fosters family bonds. With the mui Board installed in the bedroom, when you draw open the curtains you can get the weather update on the wooden board to decide what you can wear.
When it gets dark, you can close the curtain and the mui Board will turn on the lights for you. A timer will appear on the board, which you can toggle with a finger. Drawing a shorter line on the wooden surface turns off the light after a short period and a longer line will allow the lights to dim over time, slowly.
Going by its Matter compatibility now, the mui Board can serve as a single control point and remotely control a wide range of IoT devices, appliances, ACs, speakers, lights, and more. There are also other features like Night Mode and Breathing Assistance built into the wooden interface to promote user well-being and family communication with privacy.