This Artificial Window Can Mimic Natural Sunlight

updated Jun 1, 2020
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For those living in major cities, one of the tradeoffs is often a lack of windows. It would have been somewhat bearable, if only a certain pandemic isn’t keeping us from going out to get some much-needed sunlight.

A startup called SunnyFive, which is under Samsung’s C-Labs incubator program, might just have a bright solution. Their product is an artificial window designed to mimic the full spectrum of natural light. Although it doesn’t come with a view, it can, however, change the angle of the light that shines through, as though the actual sun is moving and casting shadows in your home. 

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An accompanying app also lets you change the color temperature and brightness. For instance, the sunrise setting will emit a mildly warm, orange glow while the noon mode will cast a strong white light. And if you’re feeling a bit contemplative, the window will radiate a sky tinged with purple hues.

According to Samsung’s video, the window also helps users get their daily dose of Vitamin D without risk of sunburn, and can function like a light therapy lamp in darker months for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Nonetheless, it’s a promising device that can improve the mood of a poorly-lit flat and the well-being of its occupants (indoor plants included). No details yet about the price or release date, but until then, here are 8 ways to fake natural light when you don’t have it.