Introducing Smart Blinds
Introducing Smart Blinds
Smartphones, smart lights, smart TVs. The list goes on. As technology sprints ahead, an increasing number of things start to become 'smart'. Just how smart are these devices and what can they do for us? Read on to find out more.
What does it mean for a device to be "smart"?
Just like how we say that another person is smart because he or she displays a high level of intelligence, smart devices gain their name by being intelligent. This intelligence can come in different forms. Let's take a light bulb as an example. Up until now, a light bulb does a simple thing - it provides light in the presence of electricity.
With smart bulbs, not only do they provide the basic function of providing light. Smart bulbs can turn themselves off at midnight every day to conserve energy. You can activate it via voice commands or they can automatically turn on if there are people present in the room and turn off when the room is empty. Even better, they can observe and learn the usage patterns and automatically adjust their own behavior accordingly.
You can think of a smart device as a device that knows how to automatically 'do things' for you, with minimal effort required. In the past, communication was not so accessible nor was it as fast as it is today. The smartphone has enabled and empowered communication for us. Likewise, smart devices like smart lights, smart appliances and smart blinds help to improve our lives by easing some effort required from us.
How does it work?
In order for it to become smart, some means of communication with the device must be present. This could come in the form of different signals like WiFi, Radio Frequency (RF), Infra-red (IR), Bluetooth, ZigBee and Z-Wave. Once this communication is established, the device can then 'talk' to other devices. These devices share relevant information with one another so that they can perform their intended functions. The first step to any smart device is to make sure that it can communicate.
What can smart blinds do for me?
At Jackson Global, our blinds can be voice activated via smart speakers like Google Home Mini and Amazon Alexa. Simply tell it a phrase like "Close the living room shades" or "It's too bright" and the blinds will act accordingly.
With an added rain and sun sensor, our blinds can automatically adjust itself depending on the weather – allowing the right amount of light in at all times. We offer you control of your blinds even if you are not home, so that you don't have to worry about returning to a hot and stuffy home if you forget to close the blinds before leaving the house.
The possibilities of what you can do with these smart devices like smart blinds and smart lights are endless. Come down to visit our showroom to see these smart blinds and other devices in action and experience it for yourself!