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Originally posted by colinderksen Still don't understand the need for home automation other than another couple apps to keep people dickin around in their phones.
I've never felt the need to control anything in my home from a device. And I have a brand new home with a few bits of automation built in
Ami I totally out to lunch?
I actually don't use the apps/phone/iPad for most things.
I can say Hey Google,:
-"play Spotify playlist "Starred" on Living Room TV"
-"turn on main floor lights"
-"watch a movie" to turn on my home theatre, inputs and lighting.
-"add ketchup to the shopping list" to update a shared Keep list.
-"set a timer for x minutes"
-"what's the weather?"
-"what's 175C in Fahrenheit?"
I can set the lights to turn on/off then it senses my phone arrive/leave the house or at scheduled times of the day.
Things you use the apps for is when they are pushed to you like:
- email/text/push alerts from my door/motion/leak sensors.
- someone Rings your doorbell so you can talk to them.
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I think for "motorized" that is about as cheap as you will get. I haven't tried them out but assume batteries would drain fast because of the additional friction lost to the chain and clutch of the blind.
You can truly retrofit roller blinds but it is going to be more expensive than that. Benefit is no more chain and a cleaner look though.