In another incremental step forward toward a fully connected home, Bulgarian start-up, Jalousier, is looking to automate your window blinds. The thinking behind the product is that current manual and motorized blinds are terribly inefficient and the average household wastes hundreds of kilowatt hours every year on unnecessary heating, cooling, and lighting.
Recently launched on Indiegogo, Jalousier aims to fix that. The unit is a small motorized box that quickly and easily clips onto most existing blinds and automatically adjusts the opening and slat position based on a variety of external factors including time of day, lighting, weather, and room temperature.
The product is being positioned as both a cost saving and time saving measure because, according to the inventors, we waste an average of three days per year adjusting blinds. While the time saving angle may or may not be a strong sell, the minimal installation, ease of use, and potential savings in heating and lighting costs — as much as 18% according to the company — are certainly something worth considering.
Naturally, the unit connects to your WiFi and has an accompanying iOS and Android app that let you control your blinds remotely and will even sync with your phone’s alarm clock to allow to wake up naturally with the sun. It can also integrate into your existing automation system through WiFi or ZigBee and future versions will look into further integration other third party apps and software like WigWag or IFTTT.
Considering recent emphasis from indie developers, large tech companies, and even big-box retailers to smarten-up everything from thermostats, to crockpots, to washing machines, Jalousier seems like a appropriate addition to the mix. And with a little over 20 days left to their campaign, the team still has a ways to go before hitting their $140,000 goal.