Check out this simple solution for high-tech window shades that will have you asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Window shades are probably one of the simplest items in your home, but just wait until you see what they can do for you when they go high tech. While I've been critical about the "Internet of Things" in the past, I think that new "smart" blinds could add a little more light into anyone's life.
How often do you open and close your blinds? Tilt My Blinds, a Utah startup, thinks that the inconvenience of opening and closing blinds can be fixed with a gadget that everyone owns.
Tilt My Blinds's namesake product is currently running a Kickstarter with a goal of $50,000. If the Kickstarter is successful, you'll be able to connect your blinds with your smartphone and a "smart" switch that opens and shuts blinds at the touch of a button.
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Here's how I could see it working: You'd set a rough schedule based on when you are or aren't home. A downloadable smartphone scheduling app would open the blinds whenever you wake up.
On your way to take your morning show you'd simply have to tap a button and the blinds would close, protecting your privacy, and then another tap would open them again after you finished your shower.
And if you decided to connect more blinds to "smart" switches, you'd totally be able to avoid having to wrestle with the surprising effort it can sometimes take to see the sun.
You can outfit an entire house by backing the Tilt My Blinds's Kickstarter at the $599 level, but I wouldn't ever advise "pre-ordering" a product on Kickstarter. Although someone raised over $50,000 for making a potato salad that he ate himself, so what do I know?
While the technology looks cool and is very much feasible, it's always better to wait until a product has been released and reviewed until you spend your cash.