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Solar-powered energy saving device that adjusts window blinds based on sunlight, temperature, or schedule you set in the app
Solar-powered energy saving device that adjusts window blinds based on sunlight, temperature, or schedule you set in the app
Solar-powered energy saving device that adjusts window blinds based on sunlight, temperature, or schedule you set in the app
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FlipFlic: Makes Window Blinds Smart

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WHAT IS FlipFlic™?

FlipFlic™ is the smart blinds controller that automates ordinary window blinds in seconds and with no tools.

        

FlipFlic: KEY FEATURES

PRODUCT DETAILS

FlipFlic fills the gap offering a smart, easy-to-install, affordable solution for window coverings. Set it and forget it!

Easy 3 Steps Installation

Installation of FlipFlic takes seconds. In one click, the small device about the size of a roll of quarters attaches to your window blinds magnetically. No tools needed!

Horizontal and Vertical Blinds

FlipFlic for Horizontal Blinds fits horizontal Venetian blinds, where the twist / rod / tilting wand can be detached. Please check your blinds beforehand. FlipFlic works with 1''/25mm/ mini blinds up to 78'' (200 cm) wide and 2''/50 mm/ blinds up to 60'' (152 cm) wide.

NOTE: Are your horizontal blinds tilted by pulling cords/strings? We are launching a different design for them soon, get into waitlist here: http://eepurl.com/bVIgo1.

FlipFlic for Vertical Blinds has the same features. It works with vertical blinds with either wand- or chain- control of the slats position. It is super easy to install. Snap FlipFlic from either side of the headrail right on the rotating shaft. It also detaches easily. Make sure you have 2 inches to the wall from either side of the headrail to fit the device.

You will choose between a horizontal or vertical blinds version after the campaign has ended.

Automatic Control

Wouldn't it be great if your blinds could adjust by themselves? No need to take out your phone. We fitted FlipFlic with a timer, light and temperature sensors. We developed default software algorithms to keep the amount of sunlight and heat at your comfort level. FlipFlic makes sure it is never too hot or too cold.

Solar-Powered

FlipFlic is absolutely autonomous. It has a built-in battery, recharged via micro USB with a solar panel. There is no need for power outlets or battery replacements.

A solar panel, installed indoors, harnesses the sunlight. Simply stick it to the window glass. If you choose not to use the solar panel or are in a dark or shaded window, FlipFlic is easily removed for periodic charging via standard MicroUSB cable (included). Without the solar panel, we estimate that recharging may be required approximately once every 30 days of average use. 

 *The final form-factor (squared or long and thin) shall be defined in Backer Survey.

FlipFlic App

With FlipFlic, app users can program all settings individually. You can instantly open/close the blinds, or simply let FlipFlic use its light and temperature sensors and adjust automatically.

FlipFlic app is available on App Store. Android version coming soon!

 App in Action

 Smart Home Integration

FlipFlic can be integrated into your pre-existing smart home systems via BLE and ZigBee.

 FlipFlic will work with:

and counting... FlipFlic will accommodate new smart home integrations by one step firmware updates installed using the mobile app.

We are members of Icontrol Labs, which ensures the ZigBee firmware in FlipFlic will be Icontrol-certified and available to users of supported smart home solutions powered by Icontrol Networks. This means Flipflic will be compatible with other Icontrol-supported products (like ADT Pulse, Xfinity Home, PEQ, Piper) and eligible for distribution through their service provider channels.

Beautiful and Functional Design

Window blinds are part of your home interior. It took us three major design alterations to get to the beautiful and functional design you will simply love!

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You will choose between a horizontal or vertical blinds version after the campaign has ended.

TECH SPECS

  • 3-6 V Motor rotates tilting mechanism of blinds up to 60'' (152 cm) wide.
  • Temperature sensor triggers opening/closing if it gets too hot or too cold.
  • Ambient light sensor detects indoor light levels and is used for managing sunlight and optionally triggering night automations for privacy.
  • Timer allows scheduling, sleep mode at night, wake-up in the morning.
  • Rechargeable LiPo battery more than 500 mAh.
  • Magnets for tools-free installation.
  • TI CC2650 SoC Bluetooth 4.0 connects FlipFlic to the app (iOS, Android) on your mobile device. ZigBee connects FlipFlic to your smart home system.
  • MicroUSB port for standard USB charging.
  • ON/OFF Switch
  • LED indicates power status (on/off), Bluetooth connectivity status, and battery recharging status.

FlipFlic Full-Pack:

  • FlipFlic device
  • Micro USB cable
  • Solar panel
  • Rod adaptors
  • Custom brackets for the valance

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING

The FlipFlic's design is set. We are now moving into integrations and pre-production. This means we expect to see only minor changes before product release. Our next phase will be focused on testing for design validation, PCB, and design updates after tests, completing the required certifications, packaging design, and spinning up our production lines. A detailed timeline is provided below.

                                     

PROJECT HISTORY

The First Prototype

The first proof-of-concept prototype was Wi-Fi connected and worked on 6 AA batteries. It was called Jalousier. It got lots of attention in 2014. It also secured our selection to Buildit Hardware Accelerator where we became the company and started working on the project full-time. The FlipFlic team moved to Estonia, where in 9 months, we built a sellable and scalable prototype, took first pre-orders, and raised a small angel round

The Second Prototype

Comfee, our next prototype already had a custom PCB. A two-module system allowed for installation on the right and left sides of blinds. It was a fully functioning BLE beta. We soft-molded it in silicon and made 100 beta-units. Getting to this stage allowed us to secure angel funding and get selected to Highway1 Accelerator in San Francisco, USA. We also learned a lot about delivering a hardware product and all the hidden costs.

We shipped over 100 units of our beta design.

The Final Prototype and Vertical Version

It has taken a while! The team relocated the company and business to the US in August 2015. During the three-month program, leading hardware experts and founders of other smart home companies advised us.

A trip to China, Shenzhen to establish the connection to Chinese manufacturers brought FlipFlic to the next level. Now the team is ready to ramp up mass production.

We are proud to present to the Kickstarter community our final generation of FlipFlic Horizontal and its new version: FlipFlic Vertical. But, there is more to come!

We believe new products should be born from the needs and wishes of the consumer.

Where do your funds go?

  • Setting up tooling for production 
  • Ordering the components for the first production run 
  • CE and FCC certification costs 
  • Android and iOS app development and testing

ABOUT US

 We are alumni and proud members of Hardware Accelerators community:

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Special thanks for their help and support to:

  • FlipFlic first testers, supporters, and first extremely patient backers, especially Sebastien, Tasos, Frank, Kyle, Yoann, Ramon, Phil, Steven, Murat Tepecik, Martin, Gordon, Andrew, and John! 
  • Sven, Aleksander, Toomas, and Indrek @Buildit.ee 
  • Brady, Kaethe, Marcus, Cilian, Ryan, Daniel, Jon @Highway1.io
  • Chad, David, Joe @PCHIntl
  • Kuido Lepik, Rene Tonnisson, Ivar Dembovski, Dewang Nerrala, Kaushal Chokshi, Mandar Gadkari, Marta Emerson for making it happen!
  • Lucas, Agne @HWTrek
  • Alice, Irene @SVIEF
  • Eugene Zhukov JoonJuly.com 
  • Latelier-Marketing.com for the great video 
  • Aleksander Nesterenko and artkb.net team 
  • Ivaylo Kalburdzhiev from dayonefunding.com 
  • Maksim Zubkov
  • Mark from birdi.io
  • Ivan O'Neil @iControl Networks 
  • Mauro and his team @Marinello Tende, Italy
  • Yoann from Mariton AS, France

This is where we need you, the Kickstarter community. Your support and feedback are essential for FlipFlic success!

THANK YOU!

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Risks and challenges

It is very hard to create and bring to the market a consumer electronics product. It took us 2 years, 3 relocations, tons of energy and patience to get where we are now. But since we have a solid team and have solved most of the technical challenges to date, we believe we will be able to solve the ones we haven't yet discovered.
We are also part of Hardware Accelerators and technical communities in Europe, USA and China and are surrounded by friends who have successfully funded and fulfilled Kickstarter campaigns. We seek their advice and pay attention.

As with most new hardware and smart device applications, some bugs and problems may surface; we have experienced it before when we shipped our beta samples and everything bad what could happen happened. Time showed that our team can handle any issues, and we are connected to outside developers that we can call upon to break technical log-jams.

Also, we are responsible for unforeseen circumstances and promise to keep every backer informed if something doesn’t go according to plan.

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