01
Jul
SONTE

Are you ready to go shopping for new window blinds? I know, I know, that isn't generally the most exciting thing in the world. It typically ranks somewhere between picking up new doilies and trying out a new floor mat to keep beside the bathtub. But here's the deal. SONTE has pitched an innovative approach to keeping the sun out that has raised enough eyebrows to reach its funding goal of $200,000 on Kickstarter. Even better - these adhesive shades can be controlled via our smartphones. So I ask again: Are you ready to go blinds shopping?

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SONTE's shades adhere to windows, much like smartphone screen protectors. They are designed to go from transparent to solid when an electrical current passes through them. This current can be controlled by either Android or iOS devices, and the shades can transition entirely in under a second. Multiple shades can be daisy-chained together and powered from a single outlet.

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We've been trying to manage how much sunlight enters our homes for thousands of years now, and many solutions have popped up ranging from simple (curtains) to the complex (motorized shades). Options are typically inconvenient or costly to install. SONTE hopes to bring an automated solution that is completely affordable.

Tired of getting up to close the curtains? Hate having to move during an engaging movie because the midday sun is now washing out the colors? SONTE plans to distribute their digital shades this fall. There are still under two days remaining for anyone who still wants to jump in. It costs just $65 to give one of these a try, and the first round will ship in both red and black.

SONTE: iPhone/iPad Android DIY WiFi Digital Shades - Kickstarter

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Martijn van Eijndhoven

    If you read the fine print on the kickstarter page you wil learn that this thing only lets through 70% of the light when turned "on" (eg transparent), and consumes 5 watts / m^2. If you apply this in your living room you are going to lose a lot of light and waste hundreds of euros on electricity per year.

    • Matthew Fry

      I need to be the voice of reason here:

      If you are buying these, you are buying them because you want light filtering/UV filtering so it is likely you either already have a light filtering shade or you want one. Therefore, it is either neutral or beneficial to you to apply the film with regards to the light filtering aspect.

      Now assuming you used all meter squared of the material and kept them on all the time, that would be 5W * 24h = 120Wh/day and 43200Wh/year or 43.2kWh/year. Power costs an average of ~.1408 euro/kWh. So that would be 6.08 euros / year if you never turned them off.

      • Royal2000H

        You're talking about 6.08 euros / m^2 ... that adds up

        • Asphyx

          Considering people spend $70 (US) a month for data plans on their phone to do nothing more than update their damn Facebook page it really isn't what you call OUTRAGEOUS usage of Electricity!

          Really all they need to do is find a way to only use electricity to make the switch with no power consumption once in one state or the other. And that isn't too hard for them to do.

          • Royal2000H

            The fundamental concept of this film is that while current runs through it, it is transparent. They can't fix it to only take up power when switching states, they'll need to scrap this one and come up with a new technology altogether. And it's more likely someone not invested in this one (not them) would come up with that first.

  • Anon

    Also this technology is old as hell. People use this for bathrooms and closets. Turn to any of the 1 million design shows and tv and you'll someone installing this. I have something similar on my skylights because they're too high to reach daily. I can also control it from my phone.

  • abavetta

    When the ectricity goes off the lights go out and the windows change state shutting out any external light thus maximizing the ensuing darkness.

    • Matthew Fry

      LOL. Didn't think of that. That could be really frightening!