Of any modern smart home accessory, blinds are the least accessible and often some of the most complicated to install. In an effort to change that, Eve Systems has joined with window covering specialist Coulisse to announce MotionBlinds motors, a new type of smart blind motor that combines Eve MotionBlinds and Apple HomeKit.

The new smart blind motors will support Thread, the new smart home connectivity standard, to simplify installations and control of motorized blinds. The motors will become available in early 2022 through authorized Coulisse retailers and are currently available for preorder in select countries, including the United States.

Eve Systems promises the installation is easier than ever. All users have to do is scan the HomeKit setup code with their iOS device. You don’t need a bridge to set up this device, and the new Eve MotionBlinds motors support both Bluetooth and Thread. If you have a border router, such as a HomePod Mini or the new Apple TV 4K, the Eve MotionBlinds will automatically join the Thread network.

thread director, smart blinds, eve, coulisse, apple homekit

The blinds can be scheduled to open and close at specific times, but can also be set to run on autopilot through the Eve app. You can set up HomeKit Scenes and Rules and connect the blinds to other HomeKit-compatible devices like light bulbs, thermostats, motion detectors, and more. All of the Eve MotionBlinds data and intelligence are stored locally on-device, rather than through the cloud, for increased user privacy. Even if a device is outside the range of a border router, it can still be reached through a relay.

One of the benefits of using Thread is that it not only simplifies installation, but it helps future-proof devices in preparation for Matter, the new smart home protocol in development between Amazon, Apple, Google, and other manufacturers. It provides longer battery life on average, faster response times, and much more. Ultimately, it solves many of the problems within the modern smart home.

Smart blinds help reduce energy costs, preserve privacy, and even add home security benefits. They’re also one of the most tangible examples of smart technology available today. If you’re interested, you can sign up to receive an email the moment MotionBlinds become available for purchase. At the moment, pricing has yet to be disclosed, but don’t be surprised if it’ll end up being a serious investment.

Internet Explorer Channel Network



The best motorized smart blinds for 2021

Smart blinds may not be the first smart product we think of when envisioning automation for the home, but they’re one of the most innovative. Having motorized shades that raise and lower with voice commands or on a set schedule is one of the best ways to create the illusion…

Read more: The best motorized smart blinds for 2021

What is Google Home?

Google Home is the core of Google’s smart home ecosystem. The Google Home system started as a simple wireless speaker that could take voice commands but has grown into a powerful system for automating your entire home. Controlled by the Google Home app, it allows you to ask questions, launch…

Read more: What is Google Home?

Alexa Guard vs. Nest Aware

While purchasing stand-alone smart devices like thermostats and video doorbells is one way to add on-the-go controls to your mobile devices, integrating a reliable voice assistant makes using this equipment so much more engaging. Alexa and Google Assistant, Amazon and Google’s respective assistants, are two highly intelligent learning tools that…

Read more: Alexa Guard vs. Nest Aware

The best smart light switches for 2021

Smart lighting is one of the major reasons for initially launching a smart home ecosystem. Controllable with top voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit, smart lights can be powered on/off remotely, automated, and more, all with simple voice commands and companion app controls. If you’ve been wanting to…

Read more: The best smart light switches for 2021

The best smart home devices for 2021

Starting your own smart home is no longer a luxury investment that requires professional consulting and white-glove assembly. In fact, let’s say you wanted to completely outfit an entire house with the latest and greatest gadgets. We’re talking a smart speaker that you can talk to, a smart thermostat for…

Read more: The best smart home devices for 2021

The best outdoor security cameras for 2021

Don’t give a stranger any reason to snoop around your home. Crimes such as burglary can easily be deterred by ensuring that you have all parts of your home monitored by a reliable outdoor security camera that captures events when you’re there or not. When it comes to protecting your…

Read more: The best outdoor security cameras for 2021

Best Black Friday Philips Hue Deals 2021: What to Expect

During the year it’s usually very difficult to find Philips Hue lights on sale, so take advantage of Black Friday Philips Hue deals coming soon. Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart will certainly have deals on most Philips Hue models, such as the Philips Hue White and Color LED…

Read more: Best Black Friday Philips Hue Deals 2021: What to Expect