Xiaomi Is Giving Your Curtains a Smart Makeover
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Xiaomi is a past master at making our life much easier: from keeping in touch with people we care about to getting our house chores done. It has also come up with many automatized solutions for our rest and relaxation. The recent addition in this department is a motorized curtain controller Aqara Smart Curtain Controller.
Aqara Smart Curtain Controller allows you to have a full control over how much shade you want to have in your room. It is managed through an app on your smartphone or with a press of a button on a remote control that also comes in the kit. The device is only suitable for vertical blinds, but hopefully, Aqara develops motorized lifts soon as well.
The curtain controller has a powerful but quite motor. When it works it creates almost no noise (30dB) thus it will not distract. If the curtain gets stuck the motor will stop to prevent the damage to curtain fabric. The rollers operate smoothly and at the same speed to provide perfect alignment.
The application the device comes with is very functional. For example, you can schedule your curtains to open and shut at a definite time. That option especially comes in handy if you have plants in your room that need a specific amount of light every day or if you worry that your furniture, which is always exposed to the sun, may fade. The innards of the controller have an overheat protection themselves to ensure stable operation under high temperatures.
Through the app you can also configure the degree to what the curtains automatically open and close and it is absolutely brilliant if no one is at home. For better home security you can simulate your presence in the house by making the blinds open and shut.
Aqara Smart Curtain Controller can also sync with your smart home system using ZigBee protocol. After the synchronization, it will be able to trigger the curtains to open when you approach the window and close when you walk away.