Home automation seems to be the way of the future. iPhone users have had many automated abilities, such as unlocking their cars through apps, to installing home automated kits, to having iPhone controlled door locks. Sonte is the latest addition to the home automation trend. It is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the new product. The company has designed a new film that users apply to windows which can be changed from transparent to opaque, allowing users to control the film just with their iPhone or iPad.
Sonte’s film has been designed to be easily installed by consumers, because it has been designed with one adhesive side which easily sticks to windows. To install, users simply measure their windows and cut the film to the same size as the window, as shown in the tutorial above. However, anyone who has ever done a similar task (for example, cut-to-fit screen protectors) knows that this is most likely much harder than it sounds. To create the opacity that absorbs up to 85% of UV radiation (according to the company), current runs through the film, which then causes the normally clear film to become opaque.
This new film, according to the company, can become opaque enough that it can also be used as a projector screen, which will be handy for people that are looking to create a dark media room. In addition to purchasing the film, which will run around $260 for one square meter, users will also be required to purchase a WiFi transimiter for $300, as that is what allows the accompanying app to control the film. When the film is released later this year, apps will be available for both iOS and Android.
While the idea of having digital shades that I can control with my iPhone seems awesome to me, I’m not sure that I could see myself paying $260 for just one square meter in addition to the $300 transmitter. I love the idea of being able to automate my house, and at some point in the future, I believe that all homes will become automated, but this price seems pretty steep for something to cover my windows.
What do you think about home automation? Are you happy that technology is becoming such a large part of our lives? Do you think the Sonte digital shade film is reasonably priced, or do you think it’s a little too expensive? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think!