FlipFlic: Makes Window Blinds Smart w/ Zigbee and BLE — New Kickstarter Campaign!


FlipFlic™ is the smart blinds controller that automates ordinary window blinds in seconds and with no tools.

It is compact, solar-powered, and easy-to-install. FlipFlic quickly converts any horizontal or vertical blinds into a self-adjusting, light, time, and temperature-responsive smart window.


FlipFlic Comes with Zigbee and BLE built-in and is compatible with many Zigbee Hubs including SmartThings, Wink, Philips Hue and more.  Also Homekit compatible.  Flipflic is a member of iControl Labs so it will be compatible with other Icontrol-supported products (like ADT Pulse, Xfinity Home, PEQ, Piper)

HA World is proud to be representing this awesome product, and wish them all the best of luck on the campaign – They just launched this morning!  If you need an automated, SMART blind controller for you smart home, why not back them on Kickstarter?

FlipFlic Smart Blinds on Kickstarter


Smart Home Weekly: Target’s Project Goldfish, Sonos Layoffs, Battle Of The Doorbells



It’s been a busy few weeks for us here at NextMarket, first with a trip to Chicago for the Housewares show to check out what’s happening in smart kitchen, and this week we flew to Austin to hold our annual smart home event at SXSW.

There was lots of interesting stuff going on in the connected home to catch up on, including the Sonos layoffs and news of a secret project from Target called Project Goldfish.

We also have a deep-dive on the latest developments in the smart kitchen based on our observations from the Housewares show, which you can check out here. You can also hear the recap in podcast form here when Mike Wallace visits the Smart Kitchen Show to talk about cooking guidance systems, smart bar and pancake printers.

Cisco, Bosch, ABB joint venture targets smart home opportunity


Cisco has teamed with Bosch and ABB to form a joint venture to develop and operate what they say is an open software platform targeting smart home devices and applications. The aim of the platform is to facilitate the exchange of data between different manufacturers’ devices.

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4 Reasons Home Automation is Starting to Impact Your Wallet


NEW YORK (MainStreet) — People love technology that makes life more efficient, and their house (no matter its grandiosity) is their castle. No wonder home automation is trending and becoming one of the hottest industries out there. Recently, the most expensive home in U.K.

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