Ive been following the progress of the FlipFlic (Previously: Comfee/Jalouiser) window covering solution for over a year now and they have made some fantastic ground in regards to a Retro-Fit tilt mechanism and received funding from angel investors on 2 stages i believe to assist on the development of this product to cater for different styles of window coverings and more functionality, now Beta Testing models have been sent out to initial Kickstarter users & other companies and they are looking now to work on an integration for SmartThings so that when they hit the retail market, it is a solution that integrates directly with SmartThings from the off.
However they are eager to recruit someone from within the community to help them on this project and are willing to discuss any and all options to make this viable for both you (possibly?) and them.
Here is the brief outline i was sent to forward on:
FlipFlic (http://www.flipflic.com/) is the smart blinds controller that allows to automate ordinary window blinds in seconds and with no tools. It provides for smart daylighting, comfort, as well as additional security and energy savings. It works as a standalone and can integrated into smart home systems via BLE and ZigBee. FlipFlic is the first alternative to expensive and non-efficient motorized window blinds, as it is smart, affordable and dead easy to install.
We have BLE and ZigBee on board. BLE firmware is up and running, so you can schedule and set the device from your app. In ZigBee we have our chip programmed as Light Switch.
As an end device FlipFlic shall use two roles:
Light Bulb (Device Works As An Actuator)
-At command “switch light bulb ON” the device shall send via SPI byte of code corresponding to “OPEN”, e.g. 0x00.
At command “switch light bulb OFF” the device shall send via SPI byte of code corresponding to “CLOSE”, e.g. 0xFF.
Send command from Dimmer, like “On for 30%” “On for 40%”, etc” and send digital value to SPI, e.g. 0x1E, 0x28.
Light Switch (Draft Firmware Ready)
At sufficient ambient light intensity level CC2530 via SPI receives byte 0x03 and will send to ZigBee coordinator command “to switch light OFF”;
At insufficient ambient light level CC2530 via SPI receives byte 0x01 and will send to ZigBee coordinator command “to switch light ON”.
Additional data we would need to transfer to ST hub:
- from two light sensors (indoor/outdoor) graduated from 0 to 255;
- from temperature sensor graduated in C;
- from Battery Status sensor graduated from 0 to 5;
- from counter of slats position graduated from 0 to 16000 steps.
and ST hub shall accordingly:
- use data from light sensors to switch ON/OFF the light according to occupancy as well;
- use data from temperature sensor and light sensors to OPEN/CLOSE window blinds or to adjust slats - position as their position is known;
- use data from battery status sensor to warn on low value;
- graphically show slats position on the manual mode interface screen;
- include blinds positioning to scheduling and scenes;
They have recently relocated to: SF, USA
(and will consider remote/in-house help as well)
For more info and to get involved, please contact:
PS: I have no business relationship or associations with FlipFlic, im just a very eager follower who identified early to them that i wanted to see SmartThings integration to which they had already shown interest in doing so, and as Ksenia is a new user on here she was unable to make the topic so i opted to do it for her in the interest of hopefully getting this off the ground.