Originally crowd funded (and raising 874% of its goal), Smart Shades is a clever little Bluetooth blind controller.
If your phone isn’t to hand you can use the ‘smart touch’ feature and control the blinds with a tap via the sensor built into the housing.
Energy-Saving mode uses the Smart Shades light sensor to measure sun activity, raising the blinds when the sun comes up. In addition there’s a new software update coming that enables the system to measure solar intensity and close the blinds to automatically keep your home cool in the summer.
The system can be powered with a small solar panel placed in the window. It can also be powered using a wired charger for the Lithium battery where there’s not enough light (around 2 months battery life per charge, or leave plugged in to permanently power).
We got an impressive demo of the unit and talked to Wazombi Labs at this years Gadget Show Live and they told us their community already has the system integrated with SmartThings and other home automation systems via this Raspberry Pi setup.
With a variety of mounting methods (double sided tape or screws) and it’s solar power Smart Shades looks like a great option for retro fitting around your home.
Smart Shades are available now for around £55 for the wired version and £69 for the solar. Check out the videos and the links below.