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Smart blinds can enhance your apartment or home

Home automation company MySmartBlinds, who released their smartphone-controlled, solar-powered window smart blinds in 2016, are headed for the cloud, according to a release.

The MySmartBlinds hub, which launched on Kickstarter on November 1, will give new and existing MySmartBlinds users access to their window coverings through their Amazon Echo. This means in addition to energy savings, sun-tracking, in-app scheduling, and solar charging, MySmartBlinds users will now be able to enjoy voice control and access their blinds when they are away from home. Pretty smart.

"Bringing Bluetooth control to the cloud will give us access to so many home automation systems in 2018," MySmartBlinds CEO and Founder Emily Brimhall said in the release.

 MySmartBlinds will listen to Alexa after the hub is delivered to Kickstarter backers, and throughout the year, the hub will allow MySmartBlinds to connect with Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, Apple HomeKit, and more.

Why smart blinds are important in a home

Smart blinds take the chore out of opening and closing your blinds or shades by doing it for you.

Motorized, cordless blinds that you control with a remote have been around for some time, and are excellent for convenience and safety. Plus, no dangling cords for kids or pets to get tangled in! But the advent of smart home technology has turned what was a neat feature into a smart home must-have. Smart blinds can now anticipate when your blinds should be open or closed to help enhance security, comfort and save you money on energy bills, according to Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

Some great features of smart blinds include:

  • Being able to raise or lower blinds individually or as a group at set times
  • Raising or lowering the blinds automatically when certain conditions are met, such as sunrise or sunset
  • Incorporating solar/temperature sensing so they lower when the sun gets too hot and raise when the room is cool but it’s warm outside
  • Using a smartphone app to control the blinds from anywhere you have an internet connection
  • Using your voice to open and close your blinds
  • Letting geo-fencing open your blinds when you arrive and close when you leave

Integrating with other smart home devices to do things such as turn all the lights off when the shades rise or open when a smart smoke detector senses fire so emergency responders can see inside

“Our CEO and Founder, Emily Brimhall, came up with the idea behind MySmartBlinds when struggling to install blinds in her home. She believed that homeowners could get light control, privacy, and security, without a toolbox and without hiring help. MySmartBlinds were born on the idea that automated window coverings can be simple and as smart as their users. With MySmartBlinds, homeowners can maintain their home's security, temperature, privacy, and light, all in one convenient place,” according to the release.

About MySmartBlinds

MySmartBlinds were born on the idea that automated window coverings can be simple. We want to make products that are simple to install, simple to use, and simply take care of everyday tasks, so people can focus on the things in their lives that matter most. Learn more at

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