Making Somfy and Other Motorized Blinds Obsolete!


#1

Wow - Aeon Labs is dropping some ridiculous stuff. Please know this is not an ad - I’m just an HA nut and love to share and talk about new products coming out.

Just came across this the other day - http://aeotec.com/smart-switchable-film-z-wave-wifi.

YouTube video that kind of shows it in use: http://aeotec.com/z-wave-home-automation

Wow! If this works well, I will literally take the physical blinds off of all of my windows on the first floor. Such a cool idea. Who needs actual physical, motorized blinds on each window?

Thoughts guys? Anyone else see crazy potential for this?


(www.rboyapps.com - Make your home your butler!) #2

You can get Smart Films from a lot of vendors todays (without Z-Wave), just pair it up with a Z-Wave swtich and you’re done.

Hope you realize however a couple of things about Smart Films (I was considering it a for a while)

  1. They aren’t 100% opaque, it varies between 80% and 90% depending upon the color of the films (yes you can get different colors)
  2. They needs to be in the “ON” position as long as you want them clear. When you want it dark turn it off, so if you’re planning to use this on your “daylight” window - be prepared for a lot of electricity usage, esp when the windows starts adding up.

#3

Great thoughts @RBoy - thanks! That was one of the things I was actually really interested to see if anyone had experienced - how clear are they? Sounds like it does block some view even fully “open,” which really sucks.

Can you list some of the other vendors you have found this from?


(www.rboyapps.com - Make your home your butler!) #4

don’t remember offhand just google smart films or check amazon.

Have you found any z-wave enabled bind motors? I just found one on Amazon.


(Jason Mok) #5

http://www.smarttint.com/

they have those 110v plugs, so you can use any zwave enabled power socket. Personally, I don’t have one. The only reason was the price, and my windows are pretty old to stick these on it


(Beckwith) #6

I wouldn’t hold your breath because this has been in development for a while. This video was from December 2013:


#7

@beckwith - yeah, it may be a while. Love the concept though. I think this is where things are going, moving away from physical blinds on each window. So much cleaner and more modern.

I would think eventually it will start being built into the glass and sold that way, but like you said…don’t hold your breath!

I guess Smart Tint is the only viable (and expensive) option right now.


#8

I honestly haven’t really even looked that much because it just seems so bulky to have all those motors put on, and then I can see my kids breaking it…yada yada. It would be nice for them to be automated, but I don’t think it’s enough of a priority for me at this point to go through all the hassle, etc of trying to get the jimmy-rigged Somfy setup that is currently available.


(Beckwith) #9

I agree there is a need and wish there were some good choices. I found this on Smart Tint:

http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Smart-Tint/internet/Smart-Tint-Deceptive-Lier-dishonest-rude-arrogant-crooks-These-are-just-a-few-wor-1188527


#10

@beckwith - yikes. Looks like they do a lot more commercial stuff anyway. Not really much of a residential focus.


(Convinced ST will never be unbroken…) #11

One other thing to consider… and that is if you have sealed dual pane windows, be prepared for window tints to blow the seals (or worse yet, shatter the glass). The tints absorb light which generates heat, causing the gas between the panes to expand.


#12

@scottinpollock interesting! I’ll definiltey have to keep that in mind. I have newer windows on my home (about a year old), so I would be ok with putting the film on them, but per what you mentioned, would definitely want to test with one window first. Thanks!


(Convinced ST will never be unbroken…) #13

I would think it better to contact your windows’ manufacturer to see if tinting is recommended and/or if it would void the warranty.


(Jason Mok) #14

http://www.invisishade.com/

would be the next best option I guess, but again, cost is the barrier.


(www.rboyapps.com - Make your home your butler!) #15

Yep that’s one I found and here’s another;


(Fernandoa) #16

Today smart crystals are used for any space and any purpose. These are some examples of smart glasses Hope you like, ¡Regards!


(Kristopher Kubicki) #17

Hopefully this is something we can get off Alibaba someday


(Chuck Pearce) #18

https://www.alibaba.com/showroom/smart-film.html :slight_smile: