Sm art blinds: au­to­mated shade for your home

Why you need them and which ones to buy

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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 ( 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,­mas­ 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.

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