If you’re willing to get in on the ground floor of a crowdfunding campaign as an “early bird,” you can now score Thread-enabled smart mini blinds that work with HomeKit for $100 off the retail price.
SmartWings Nano Smart Blinds have surpassed their funding goal on Indiegogo, so they should ship to buyers in January, the company said.
SmartWings Nano Thread-enabled Smart Blinds
SmartWings’ Indiegogo fundraising campaign for the made-to-order, customizable blinds currently stands at $81,189, far above its initial goal, so the expectation is that, given the successful campaign, they will ship.
The blinds rely on Bluetooth and Thread networking connectivity — no bridge required — and work with smart-home systems, including HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings.
SmartWings said the blinds also support the recently released Matter smart home-networking standard that helps products made my different companies work together.
You can use the blinds’ settings with a remote control, an iOS app or voice control to automate when they open and close. You can also set how far they open and link up to 30 sets of blinds that share settings, the company said.
SmartWings said you can recharge the blinds in six hours via a wall outlet or solar panels. Each full charges gives the blinds six months of life. The battery level shows up in the app.
The blinds, which come in a choice of 25 colors, are made to measure from four fabrics (sheer, sunscreen, light filtering or blackout). The early bird price is $299 and the expected retail price is $399, the company said. Shipping should take place in January.
Where to pledge: Indiegogo