It’s definitely becoming a crowded product category. The torque needed for tilting well fitted blinds won’t be a problem – a challenge are blinds like my heavy wood slats at home that rub against the insides of the window frame.
Looks like FlipFlic is prioritizing ease of installation over the design of “TiltMyBlinds”; That’s a tough call for a startup to make.
Quite a weird and wonderful new world we live in where such rapid prototyping is possible to come up with viable designs … and so many sources of funding, accelerators, etc., to take the project through refinement and enough Customers to hopefully fund redesigns (or attract the investment needed for that). Heck – that’s the SmartThings story.
TiltMyBlinds is over a year past their Kickstarter campaign estimated delivery dates. While I empathize with the challenges they face, it is still incredible that project creators are still far too conservative with their estimates … and that there are still Backers who have faith in those dates at the time they put up their cash.
I also find this particular following statement disturbing… I don’t know of any battery powered product that only requires charging “every few years”:
.2. Plug-in cord. If you decide against the solar option, we developed a convenient way to charge the lithium iron battery pack. It’s as easy as plugging your Tilt manual cord (provided in brown or white) into the nearest outlet with the USB charger (also included). Charging will only need to be done every few years depending on how often you’re Tilting.