SwitchBot, the Smart home brand, launches the Blind Tilt on Kickstarter. SwitchBot is good with its products that need minimal changes on your existing product, like Smart Door Lock, to convert into a smart home device. The new one on the list, SwitchBot Blind Tilt, can convert your existing Windows Blinds to smart blinds within a few minutes. And this Smart Windows Blind supports Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri Shorcuts, IFTTT, and more.
Pre-orders are now available on Kickstarter for global customers, and backers are expected to receive their products before Christmas at the earliest.
SwitchBot Blind Tilt: Specifications
With Blind Tilt, gone are the days you have to open and close your window’s blinds manually. This is a smart blind that will automatically open and close blinds on schedules or with smart home commands.
The cool thing about Blind Tilt is that it is the easiest smart blind to set up and use; it also runs on solar power. You need a few minutes to complete the entire setup. The good thing about this is no need to dismantle a single part from the existing blind. Let’s look at the specifications of the new all-new Blind Tilt by SwitchBot.
|SwitchBot Blind Tilt
|Android 5.0+, iOS 11.0+,
|14°F to 113°F
|DC 5V/1A Type C,
|Expected Battery Life
|10 Months or Unlimited Battery
via Solar Power
|Smart Home Support
|Alexa, Google Assistant,
Siri Shortcuts, IFTTT,
SmartThings, Line Clova
|Proprietary Power-saving BLE
with mesh support
|Silent and Performance Mode
|Operating Sound Levels
|37dB Silent Mode, 47dB Performance Mode
The Blind Tilt is made up of ABS with UV coating. Available in White, the Blind Tilt works perfectly with horizontal window blinds that have the twisting wand mechanism. For the best performance, your blinds should be less than 3 meters long, and the twisting wand’s diameter should be between 6.3 mm and 12mm, according to SwitchBot.
You do not require any complex or heavy tools to set it up, and it will take you just a few minutes to get it up and to run. Setting it up is easy as 1 2 3.
- Install the provided Adaptor and Coupling for the Blind Tilt.
- Attach the main controller unit.
- Finally, connect the included solar panel to the unit to power the Blind Tilt.
All of this can be done with your existing blinds, provided that they are compatible with Blind Tilt and you do not have to dismantle anything from your blinds.
Blind Tilt- Features
Now that you know how easy it is to set up the Blind Tilt from SwitchBot, it’s time to take a look at its unique features. Once you install it, you can set up and adjust various schedules and timers to let Blind Tilt automatically open or close as per your requirements.
Blind Tilt powers itself via the included solar panels- making it an eco-friendly smart blind that recharges itself using sunlight. In case of no sunlight, you can always charge its battery via Type-C, which will last for months. The Blind Tilt can also push up to 17 pounds (8kgs) of curtains, and the user can choose between Silent and Performance modes.
Blind Tilt: Connectivity and Setup
Blind Tilt can be controlled and set up using the Blind Tilt app, which is available for Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch. The app is compatible with Android devices running Android 5.0 and up. iOS devices need to be running on iOS 11 or newer. As for the Apple Watch, your watch needs to be on watchOS 2.2 and above.
In order to get BlindTilt to work with voice commands and smart assistants, users will have to purchase the SwitchBot Hub. SwitchBot Hub allows you to control your Blind Tilt remotely. Once you’ve got the SmitchBot Hub, Blind Tilt can work easily with Amazon Alexa, Google Assitant, Samsung’s Smart Things, Siri Shortcuts, and even via the IFTTT app.
The Blind Tilt can be controlled by using the SwitchBot NFC Tag. Multiple Blind Tilts can also be controlled by using the SwitchBot Remote. These products are sold separately and can be purchased via the SwitchBot website.
Blint Tilt- Upcoming Features
SwitchBot has also revealed a number of features that will be available when the Blind Tilt reaches the backers of the Kickstarter program and its customers who will be receiving the products in December. Here is the list of upcoming features for the Blind Tilt.
- Amazon Alexa functionality and percentage adjustment will be made available by December.
- Grouping 9 Blint Tilts, Light Sensor feature, and IFTTT functionality will begin in December.
- Open API release for the Home Assistant will be made available by the end of December.
- For general customers, Performance and Silent modes will be available in December. Product backers on Kickstarter will get the feature right away.
Blind Tilt- Pricing and Availability
This easy, eco-friendly, smart blind is available via Kickstarter. The product is available at its discounted pre-sale price of $69. There are also interesting bundles for you to choose from. Customers will be receiving their Blind Tilts starting in December.
Blind Tilts is the perfect choice for those planning on retrofitting their existing window blinds. Since the product uses solar power to charge, It’s eco-friendly, and you don’t have to worry about setting up a separate power source just for Blind Tilt.