Twinkly’s smart light curtain is my favorite smart home gadget of CES 2024

I’ve spent the past week sifting through the biggest announcements of CES 2024. And while useful gear like the Linxura Smart Home Controller and LG’s all-in-one AI washing machine earned a spot on my roundup of the best smart home devices of CES, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re my favorite. No, for me the unsung hero of this year’s show was the Twinkly smart curtain lights.

This $200 canvas consists of smart LED string lights with the highest density in their class. Each of these pill-shaped lights works together to create animated graphics and ambient lighting on any wall. The curtain won’t make your day easier and is pricey for decor. But this niche smart lighting system can enhance any living space whether it’s through setting a room’s mood with exciting color-changing patterns or looping a GIF to share with company on your wall.

The Matrix curtain sets up easily with two lightweight aluminum bars on each end of you can align and hang it up without tangling any of the string lights. You can fully map out and customize effects that play on this light display using the Twinkly app. Its Windows screen mirroring feature lets the smart curtain act as an extended display while you game or watch videos. This expands big, open worlds beyond your gaming monitor onto the wall space behind it for increased immersion. Expansive scenes like nature landscapes and city skylines pop while the colors react to in-game actions like explosions. 

Twinkly smart curtain mirrors video game

(Image credit: Twinkly)

Beyond gaming, I can see this smart light curtain fitting into a living room or basement entertainment setup as live wall art. The Matrix’s curtain form factor shakes things up since its string lights work together to form an image without a solid backdrop. I find the resulting aesthetic to look sleek and really helps colors pop to bring the image into focus. 

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