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If you live in a house, or even a multi-room apartment, you know how annoying it is trying to control the blinds on every window.
You wake up in a dark room and have to use an artificial light before letting the sun in by opening the blinds in the bedroom. You come home from work to a hot house because the sun was warming it all day. Now, you have to adjust the thermostat to cool it down. You have to close the blinds before turning on your TV or computer. It drives you crazy on vacations away from home, wondering if you left any blinds open. At the same time, by having your blinds closed for several days in a row, you are giving a signal to burglars that the house is unoccupied and offers a “window of opportunity.”
Hi, my name is Eric. As an electrical engineer and software developer, I am very excited about the opportunities offered by the Internet of Things. But also, I’ve been really unsatisfied with the level of fragmentation and complexity in the industry. Almost every new device requires a separate app or a new bridge. Home automation is supposed to make our lives easier. Instead, just to turn on a light, you need to find your smartphone, open an app, wait until it is connected to the bridge, and only after that, turn on the light. The complexity slows down smart home adaption and prevents many of us from using the fruits of the technological progress.
I wanted to have a product which would work right out of the box, “talk” to other appliances, and would be easy to install and manage with just a touch of a button. I visited my local Home Depot and searched online. But all the solutions currently available on the market are either very expensive or too complicated (or both).
So I had to come up with my own device.
The iBlinds kit is made for homeowners and landlords who would like to save time and money on energy bills and to have an automated solution which makes their lives more comfortable and secure. It is designed for the busy lifestyle of contemporary people but will also be hugely appreciated by your elderly parents and people with a limited mobility by protecting them from unnecessary, dangerous “gymnastics.”
iBlinds is an easy to install and manage control kit for your blinds. It will let you automate any two inch horizontal blinds in your house or office: set up a specific time to open and close, adjust them to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, manually control a single blind, or a group of them, from anywhere in the house or in the world, using a free app on your smartphone.
Imagine how much easier it will be to wake up with gentle sunlight coming through the blinds as they slowly open in the morning. You will feel more positive and productive during the whole day!
Think about all the time you save by automating all the blinds in your house.
Enjoy saving money on your energy bills. With iBlinds, you will find yourself using your air conditioner less frequently. Letting natural light in, you will not need to turn your lights on every time you come home or wake up.
The more windows you have, the more you will benefit from iBlinds.
If you are a landlord, iBlinds will make your life less stressful:
No need to go to each house or apartment to open and close the blinds.
Save money on energy bills by controlling heat coming in and out of the house. Lower your heating/cooling expenses.
Attract more renters by offering them a level of comfort available in luxury properties.
How It Works
- An intelligent blind motor, a Z-Wave device designed for tilting Venetian (two inch slatted-style) blinds. A free Z-Wave App will allow you to open and close the blinds and to use the value slider for precise positioning of the tilt angle.
- Special adapters for all tilt rod sizes and a height adapter for normal profile headrails. By default, it will fit a low profile headrail.
- A lithium rechargeable battery for a long and extended life, simple to charge using USB adapter or a solar panel.
- A power cable and USB Charger
- A Solar Panel (add-on to iBlinds Kit) an environmentally friendly and worry free method for charging the rechargeable battery. This eliminates the need to connect the USB adapter and charger cable.
iBlinds uses the Z-Wave protocol to integrate with your existing home automation network right out of the box.
Z-Wave is a wireless technology that makes regular household products, like lights, door locks, window blinds, and thermostats “smart.” Z-Wave products “talk” to each other wirelessly and securely and can be controlled by a single app on your phone, tablet, or Z-Wave remote.
Z-Wave currently includes more than 1,200 interoperable products, allowing you to create custom solutions by mixing and matching your smart devices. Synchronize activities into scenes to control multiple products with a touch of one button.
For example, after setting a geo
fence on your phone, you don’t need to worry about turning off your lights,
closing blinds on every window, locking the doors, and turning on your security
system. Your Z-Wave network will do everything for you.
Z-Wave hub can control up to 232 devices. Creating a mesh network, every device extends and strengthens the range of communication, bridging the gap between smart appliances located too far apart.
The iBlind device is designed to function like a Z-Wave light dimmer.
iBlinds will work with all iOS and Android devices.
Installation: No Worries
iBlinds are easy to install. You don’t need to call a contractor, buy special tools, or survive a messy remodeling project. Use your existing blinds, just make them smart.
iBlinds testing with SmartThings Controller using the Z-Wave protocol.
Don’t miss this opportunity: pre-order iBlinds for yourself or make a thoughtful gift for your parents. These prices are exclusive for Kickstarter backers and will not be available after the end of the campaign. So, it is your chance to support an innovative technology and save money on your home remodeling. Choose from the rewards below:
ADD-ON INSTRUCTIONS: To add an add-on to your pledge, follow these steps:
1) Press 'Manage' button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say 'Back this Project'
2) Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the add-ons you want to add. ($69 for each additional iBlind kit)
Note: International $79 for each additional kit; $69 + $10 for shipping
3) After the end of Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.
Many hours of research, compiling information from trials, and months of working on the prototype have brought us here, on Kickstarter.
The Z-Wave prototype is completed, reliable and experienced manufacturers are ready to start the production.
This is where we need you, the customers. With the support and feedback from the Kickstarter community, we will start the manufacturing in October to get the iBlinds into your homes between December and January.
Behind the Scenes
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there are always risks and delays that can arise due to a variety of factors beyond our control including the supply chain and manufacturing. However, we are confident in our ability and expertise to deal with any issues that may arise with the production.
We will be honest, transparent about any possible issues and will keep you in a loop down the road.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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