First Thread-enabled HomeKit blinds now available to order ahead of official launch – AppleInsider

First Thread-enabled HomeKit blinds now available to order ahead of official launch – AppleInsider

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The first Thread-enabled and HomeKit-compatible smart blinds β€” a partnership between Eve and Coulisse β€” are now available to customize and order ahead of the promised early-2022 deadline.

HomeKit maker Eve Systems struck a partnership with established blinds manufacturer Coulisse to create the OmniaBlinds, each sticking to its strengths. The blinds are created by Coulisse while the motor is designed by Eve.

Users can measure their windows and then use the online buying guide to select fabric swatches, housing colors, and more as they customize their shades. The blinds are then built to order and will ship worldwide.

The motor is battery powered and recharged via USB-C. Unlike existing smart shades on the market from the likes of Lutron or Hunter Douglas, they don’t require a hub to operate. They connect to Homekit via Thread, or Bluetooth if a Thread border router is unavailable. A HomePod mini or the latest-generation Apple TV 4K can act as Thread border routers in your home.

Originally, Eve had promised that the new Thread-enabled blinds would be available in early 2022, but it seems they’ve been able to shun the now-common supply chain issues plaguing the rest of the tech industry to release them sooner.

If you’d like to order a few sets for your home, you can order them now from the OmniaBlinds website. Pricing starts at $318.

Source: https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/12/23/first-thread-enabled-homekit-blinds-now-available-to-order-ahead-of-official-launch

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