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If you've ever dreamed of waking up to warm sunlight streaming in onto your face as your smart blinds open up for you, Somfy might have an answer.
While the hardware for Somfy's motorized blinds is pretty simple, the app enables you to be able to control your blinds throughout the day with remotes, your phone, or scheduled scenes.
The problem is the cost of blinds like this really add up.
One of these blinds, plus the remote will set you back about $350.
You add in the myLink hub that allows you to control them with your phone and set schedules And that's another $200.
If you want any additional remotes that add extra control, like slat-angling control, or if you want a hub that allows the proprietary radio signals to communicate with other Smarthome technology, that'll also set you back another 100 bucks Her device.
Now, one of the cool things about blinds like this is that you can be really hands off with them.
So I could actually schedule these so that they are opening and closing throughout the day based on the angle of the sunlight around the house.
But the problem is That you really require multiple blinds around the house for it to be able to work in concert.
Doing a rough count around the CNET smart home, outfitting just the ground floor with smart blinds like these would cost upwards of $7,000.
So while the hardware is pretty reliable and the app control is actually really intuitive and simple, the smart home integration just isn't at the level that warrants the price.
But if you're wanting to outfit a whole house I would recommend waiting until more competitors enter the market and more competitive prices are available to the consumer.
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