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Explaining the E-Wand

The E-Wand release is later this month, and with the mounting excitement, we decided to dedicate an entire blog post to talking about the main benefits of the E-Wand.

  • Customers use their blinds more

  • Automated Sensor Features

  • Variety of Control Options


Increased Use.

We have found through our beta testing that people are surprised at how much more often they use their blinds after installing the E-Wand. One of our beta testers has large, black venetian blinds he never touched. They were heavy and inconvenient to move when they were new, then, after time, the original tilt mechanism broke due to the extreme amount of torque needed to move these heavy slats. After they broke, this beta tester elected not to replace the tilt mechanism, nor the blinds. Instead, he left them closed and forgot about them. When we asked him to beta test the E-Wands, he agreed, but did not expect to be impressed. We replaced his tilt mechanisms with ours, and installed the E-Wands. Now, he is amazed at how much more he enjoys the space, now that he has more control over his blinds.


This case is not unique. The idea of motorizing blinds is not one that occurs to an average homeowner or technology user, but we have found instance after instance of individuals who go from never having considered blind motorization, to full pro-motorization converts.



Automation.

The E-Wand sensor enabled automated features allow for an increase in both privacy and energy efficiency. The two sensors on the E-Wand are controlled by sliding switches on the front of the E-Wand. The top switch controls the light sensor, while the bottom switch controls the temperature sensor. The light sensor detects changes in light, enabling the E-Wand to open the blind slats when the sun rises, and close them when the sun sets. Because the E-Wand closes the slats at night, it reduces the risk of someone being able to see into the space. The temperature sensor helps maintain the home’s efficiency by closing the blinds when the temperature near the window exceeds 82 degrees, and opening the slats when the temperature drops to below 69 degrees. The temperature sensor looks to the light sensor before making a movement, so if the temperature drops below 69 degrees at night, the E-Wand will not open the blinds. If a user moves the E-Wand using the remote, or by manually twisting, a three-hour timer is set that will prevent the E-Wand from making an automated, sensor triggered movement.


Variety of Control Methods.

Because we want our E-Wand users to have full control over their blinds, we offer a variety of control methods, including the remote, automation, and manual movements. The manual movement of the E-Wand is unique because of the lightness of the twisting needed. On a standard twist wand, the wand needs to be rotated 360 degrees, repeatedly. On the E-Wand, the user only twists about 20 degrees in either direction, and holds in place until the slats reach the desired position. The optional remote control has five channels and one all-channel. The remote is fully customizable to the end user’s needs. A user can put one E-Wand on each channel, a wall of E-Wands, or a room. They can put the entire house on a single channel if they so desire. The remote itself gives users single push ability to position the blind slats any way they choose, including having a set “favorite” position that can be different for each E-Wand. As discussed above, the automated movements are dependent on the sensor switches being activated. The three settings for the sensors are fully automatic, semi-automatic, and off. In fully automatic mode, the E-Wand is able to both open and close the blind slats due to a sensor triggering event. In semi-automatic, the E-Wand will only close the blind slats when the sun sets or when the temperature reaches 82 degrees. When the sensor are turned off, the E-Wand will never make an automated movement.



These features make the E-Wand a functional and intuitive device where use can be customized based on the needs of the end user. By offering these features and methods of control, the E-Wand enables users to control their blinds more efficiently, and increases the user’s enjoyment of their space.

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