SwitchBot’s Blind Tilt Device Brings Smart Functions to Your Windows
Wonder Tech Lab, the creators of the Brand SwitchBotwhich focuses on upgrading existing hardware to add smart features, is now launching its latest Kickstarter campaign. The SwitchBot Blind Tilt is a retrofit device that attaches to your blinds to add smart functionality to them with a solar panel providing virtually endless power. Even though this campaign was launched today and you can support the project until November 20, the campaign goal was reached within an hour. Wonder Tech Lab expects this new smart home device to begin shipping to backers by the end of the year with general availability shortly thereafter. Keep reading below the fold to learn more about this home improvement device.
With just three-step installation, the new SwitchBot Blind Tilt will add smart home functionality to your blinds to automatically control your home lighting. The built-in 2000mAh lithium battery is complemented by the included solar panel to bring constant power to your blind unit so you never have to worry about charging. Once you’ve set up the device, you can control it using the SwitchBot app on your phone while you’re at home, and can expand the controls further by picking up the Hub Mini. This will also allow you to have access to smart home assistant integrations ranging from Alexa to Assistant or IFTTT, and much more. You can set up timers or countdowns to help you wake up in the morning while tying them to sunrise and set times.
The built-in light sensor adds the ability to create a constant level of light inside your room by synchronizing the shades with SwitchBot Color bulbs to slowly increase the brightness of the lights in the evening while also closing the shades. This is just one example of how products from the SwitchBot smart home ecosystem can work together, although the hub is required for this. Wonder Tech Lab will even open the API to control blind tilt about a month after the official product launch for those with more custom integrations.
The new SwitchBot Blind Tilt Solar Powered Upgrade Smart Shade Controller will have its Kickstarter campaign open until November 20. After the campaign, Wonder Tech Lab expects the device to begin shipping to backers by December 31, although backers in the United States have the option to pay for express shipping for the device. receive before Christmas. We can expect the official launch to take place at that time or soon after. Thanks to the campaign, you can receive pre-registration prices on various packages with one offering just the unit itself and another with 16 Blind Tilt devices, three remotes, three Hub Minis, a motion sensor, a contact sensor and a color-changing bulb, though this set is limited to only 20 donors, and there are only six left at the time of this writing.
Taken from 9to5Toys
While the SwitchBot brand has a device designed to open curtains, it’s good to see this addition tackle a different type of window covering. I can’t wait to see reviews of this new smart home retrofit device, as I can see that many people are finding great use for the blind tilt.