Sm art blinds: automated shade for your home
Why you need them and which ones to buy
Smart blinds and shades are app- or device-controlled ‘smart fabrics’ that automate window coverage. There are mains-powered blinds, too, such as the Velux Integra range (velux.co.uk). Do you own blinds with a bead chain pull-system? Smarten them up with a Soma Smart Shades device, compatible with Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit (£99, uk.somasmarthome.com) and controllable via the Soma companion app. You can schedule when they rise and lower, or ask Alexa to handle it for you. The Luxaflex PowerView smart shades system will automate the window coverage of your entire home via a handheld device, enabling you to create the perfect ambiance for every room. Via the PowerView hub you can create Scenes for each room and sync them with your local sunrise and sunset times.