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Pella Shows Off Window Blinds Automation System Controlled from a Smartphone

Pella’s high-tech window was part of the launch of a new smart-home system called Nexia Home Intelligence by Schlage, a maker of home security systems.

The Nexia system will allow homeowners to remotely control a range of products, including window blinds, door locks, heating and cooling systems, and security cameras,

via desmoinesregister.com

Pella Corp. presented their smartphone enabled window system at CES, which ended Friday.

Pella will be marketing its SmartSync windows this year at Lowe’s home improvement stores.

This stuff is here now and will be available for sale in 2012.They are going to put us blinds installers out of work. I guess I’ll have to start installing smart windows instead.

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Control Your Blinds, Lights and Thermostats from Your iPhone

Somfy Systems, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of radio-controlled motors for interior and exterior window coverings, today announced that it is launching a suite of mobile apps that will allow users to access and control their TaHomA® systems from a variety of mobile devices. TaHomA® is Somfy’s total home automation system that enables users to control Somfy-powered motorized window coverings along with lights and thermostats. The TaHomA iPad® app is currently available for download from the iTunes App Store for $29.99; an additional demo app for the iPad® as well as an iPhone® and iPod Touch® app will be available early this year.

via hometoys.com

This should work well for increased home security as well as climate control. No more coming home to a dark, cold house. I have had some experience with installing Somfy remote controlled blinds – the radio signal is strong enough to work from another room and you don’t have to mess around with aiming the remote at the sensor as is the case with shades that use IR technology.