I am able to test several HomeKit devices, and my family is used to the new devices coming in and out of the Home app. However, the group of reviewers for Eve Motion Blinds give me insight into the future of the high-end HomeKit with custom integrations.
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For items like the Eve Motion Sensor or the Eve Smart Outlet with Thread, it’s easy to put devices through a full review cycle like opening the case, adding to the HomeKit environment, using other accessories, and testing automation. On the other hand, a product like Eve’s Motion Blinds is clearly a much bigger project. Every window in the home is usually a custom size, and changing blinds is not easy. In fact, if you’re in the United States, your local Lowes or Home Depot offers you a Blind install that’s worth the price if you’re buying an entire home at one time.
The new Eve Motion Blinds are not something you would order from an online retailer with overnight shipping. Instead, it is a larger part of the design process. Just as you rarely order windows or large appliances from the internet, you rarely order blinds without a design process to determine the size of the windows, the type of blinds, etc. We meet with building materials companies to select windows, doors, hinges, etc. When looking at the web portal, there are a myriad of different materials to choose from, so if you’re interested in using all-in-one HomeKit blinds, you’ll have plenty of options.
Eve Motion Blinds Review Kit
For my HomeKit column, I’m not interested in the process of choosing blind fabric or getting something custom installed on a single window. What interests me is how these blinds work with HomeKit. Eve has created a stand-alone review kit for testing purposes that does not require window mounting to see how it works with HomeKit. I made a short video below which should give you an idea of how:
- Responds quickly to Siri requests
- How quiet is the engine
One thing to note – although I did show it was connected, it was running on battery power. I can’t verify this review, but Eve says it will last about a year on a single charge depending on usage. A long USB-C cord is included for unassembled charging.
As you can see in the video above, they work just as you’d expect from a HomeKit job with blinds. The HomeKit code is located on the manual drag chain. Once scanned, it installs on HomeKit like blinds. From there, you’ll be able to automate it to your heart’s desire for that time of day or pair it with other accessories.
After spending the time using the product in various forms (automation, Siri, etc.), I think it would be great to pair it with the Wemo Stage Controller where pressing a single button opens and closes all the blinds again.
If you want to create one of the best and most advanced smart home environments in the world, a home filled with Eve Motion Blinds is the way to do it. Pair it with other products like the HomeKit Motion Sensor or the Scene Remote Controller, and you get a setup previously only possible with the highest-end smart home environments that required a computer programmer to configure.
Thanks to HomeKit, all you need is an iPhone, HomePods, and a few accessories to make the home of the future at your fingertips. When I preach to people the benefits of choosing a smart home platform, this setup is one reason why. Apple, Amazon, or Google don’t make smart home blinds, but someone else does, and the integration leads to some strong possibilities. Learn more about Eve Motion Blinds and begin the process of upgrading your home for the future.
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