The Brunt Blind Engine can turn most types of window coverings into something that responds to your voice

If you've ever wrangled with those confusing, poorly designed string pulleys that control most traditional window blinds and ended up making a huge mess, rest assured, you're definitely not alone. Hoping to solve this all-too-common problem is Brunt, a South Korean startup that has created a device to turn regular blinds into automated smart blinds that can be controlled without a remote.

The Brunt Blind Engine is an automated device that attaches to the wall and works by simply looping your curtain pulley through a notched, torque-controlled gear. The gear comes in two different sizes and supports both string cords and ball-chains. By using your existing blinds, the company claims the Blind Engine is 70 percent more cost effective than other automated blind systems on the market which need to be installed from scratch.

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Once installed, there are a whole host of smart features that can be utilized, including voice control through devices like Amazon's Alexa. Instead of remote, the device links to your phone, meaning you can control blinds from anywhere you are, even outside the home, as well as multiple sets of blinds at the same time. Via an app, you can set time schedules that raise and lower the blinds at certain times, or use your GPS location to do the same when leaving or entering the home. The Blind Engine works with most common types of blinds, the notable exception being Roman style blinds.

While Brunt is far from the first company to come up with an idea for motorized blinds, the device is notable for its ease of installation and price, allowing more people to enjoy the luxury of automatic blinds without paying a fortune. The Brunt Blind Engine is currently up for order on Kickstarter for $99, and will retail for $150 when it launches in November.

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If you've ever wrangled with those confusing, poorly designed string pulleys that control most traditional window blinds and ended up making a huge mess, rest assured, you're definitely not alone. Hoping to solve this all-too-common problem is Brunt, a South Korean startup that has created a device to turn regular blinds into automated smart blinds that can be controlled without a remote.

The Brunt Blind Engine is an automated device that attaches to the wall and works by simply looping your curtain pulley through a notched, torque-controlled gear. The gear comes in two different sizes and supports both string cords and ball-chains. By using your existing blinds, the company claims the Blind Engine is 70 percent more cost effective than other automated blind systems on the market which need to be installed from scratch.