As smart home devices proliferate like rabbits, all interested brands are carefully scanning every object in the average house and holding design meetings to see if they can slap a sensor on it and link it to an app (probably).
The FlipFlic is an indie project that picked a part of the home you probably wouldn’t have guessed – your window blinds. Sure, there are fancy electronic blinds that you can install and hook up to buttons and probably even apps, but replacing all the blinds in your house is incredibly expensive. FlipFlic isn’t interested in doing that.
Instead, this little device is designed to attach to your current blinds and their small string-punk motor setup that has you pulling, twisting, and angling the cords. What it does when attached is actually pretty cool: The device can sense both temperature and lighting, and close or open your blinds itself to provide light and shade. This, in theory, should help when it comes to keeping your home warm and save on energy.
The smart blind box also comes with app controls, the ability to set various scenes, and compatibility with Bluetooth and ZigBee. The product is also designed with options for gesture controls, energy saving reports, and more.
So far, FlipFlic is a completed design, but one without dedicated manufacturers signed up, so there’s no word on release dates or price yet (and the patent is still pending). For now, there are still a few questions that pop up when examining the project.
First, the device seems to flick open and close the blind slats themselves. What happens when you want to pull the blinds all the way up or down instead? There doesn’t appear to be an option for this, but it’s a preferred method for many homeowners. Second, there’s no sign that the device works with anything by a very particular type of window blind product. What if you have different curtains or blinds made from different materials? Will it work then?
We guess we’ll have to wait for patent approval to see what the final device looks like, but there are some cool ideas at work here.
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