HomeKit expert Eve and Coulisse collaborate to develop a "mass production" series of smart curtains and blinds-9to5Mac

2021-11-24 02:20:50 By : Ms. Sunny Wei

-February 24, 2021 at 11:21 a.m. Pacific Time

Using HomeKit and Siri to control curtains and blinds can easily become one of the coolest smart home experiences today, but it is also one of the most expensive. Eve is expanding its dedicated HomeKit product line, including a new partnership with Coulisse, which may solve the problem.

Since 1992, Coulisse has been a company dedicated to providing window covers ranging from blinds and sun blinds to curtains. Since Eve left Elgato in 2018, this smart home product manufacturer has focused on creating HomeKit experiences. The two companies are collaborating to develop a reasonably priced smart curtain called MotionBlinds, which aims to become a mass product.

Unlike IKEA's relatively affordable HomeKit curtain solution, MotionBlinds will work via Bluetooth and does not require a separate bridge or gateway to operate. This should eliminate the pairing dance that can make setting the IKEA tone so frustrating. The installer only needs to scan the QR code for pairing, and then manage software updates through the Eve app on the iPhone.

Coulisse and Eve also support the latest smart home protocol Thread through the MotionBlinds product line. This is a good sign for customers who have invested in the entire smart curtain home, because Thread is the latest protocol that has become mainstream and adopted by Apple.

The two companies only announced their partnership today as part of the virtual RT Digital 2021 event that took place this week. Coulisse and Eve promised that the first product in the MotionBlinds series will be roller blinds, which will be available in the second quarter of 2021. As we approach the second quarter, we will continue to track the progress of the latest HomeKit smart curtains hoping to learn more about pricing and availability.

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