According to a sociological study, the majority of US residents, when purchasing a new device, think first of all about comfort. In the second place, according to experts, is security, automation, and remote access close to the list of priorities. In this regard, there is a large selection of various devices on the market that help to meet a particular need. However, few people have managed to create a universal product that would allow all three desires of the modern consumer to be realized simultaneously.
The trend for the use of “smart” gadgets for home and office is growing, now these devices are used not only in expensive homes, but in the apartments of people who want to lead a more reasonable and sustainable lifestyle. The smart home technology industry is expected to grow to US $ 174 billion by 2025.
The young company Mechantica contributes to the development of the trend and has developed a universal device at an affordable price – “smart curtains”. The main idea of the “smart” device is home automation: simplification of routine actions that we do at home every day. If you think about it, today the origins of such automation can be called vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, electric kettles, irons, slow cookers, and microwaves, which simplify everyday life. However, technology has moved far ahead over the next 5-7 years and now “smart” devices, including the aforementioned curtains, are a set of gadgets that automate certain actions in the house. So, “smart curtains” allow you to adjust the lighting of the space with natural light sources (the sun, lanterns on the street), this allows you to save electricity, not turn on the light once again, and also allows you to make fewer gestures when opening or closing conventional curtains. The latter fact just arouses the interest of many residents of megacities in purchasing such devices, since many of us get tired at work, in the gym, and sometimes just too lazy to get up and close the window to go to bed. In addition, “smart curtains” from Mechantica monitor the safety of the house, reacting to noise, gas, temperature changes in the room and notifying the user by phone about the deviation of these indicators from the norm.
Denis Kononchuk, the founder of Mechantica, told us about what inspired the team to create the smart curtains device: “It all started with a simple observation that if we have two windows, then on average we spend about a minute opening and closing curtains every day. The average life expectancy in the US is 77 years, so even if we remove the initial years of our life, we will still do it for the remaining 59 years. Accordingly, when we multiply 1 minute by 365 days and 59 years, we get 359 hours of human life. So, in fact, this is not a non-existent problem and can greatly benefit people with other abilities“.
So, we found out that the device and the system of the “smart” home as a whole allow us to solve the issue of the needs of the modern consumer in comfort, security, and automation. But do not exclude the popular trend for environmental friendliness of the product. Experts believe that today the majority of users from Europe and the USA pay special attention to the planet-friendly theme. According to research, the environmental friendliness of a smart home is on the 2nd-3rd place of the priorities of buyers of intelligent systems. After all, understanding that you are “planet friendly” is often more important than real savings. So, the device “smart curtains” allows you to automatically open and close curtains and, thus, helps to reduce the need for air conditioners or heating appliances. Scientists have found that closed curtains can reduce room heating by up to 33% in summer and can regulate heat loss by up to 25% in winter. This can prove to be a powerful energy-saving mechanism if it is adapted on a large scale in homes, hotels and industries. Thus, saving electricity will reduce the negative impact on the state of the planet by reducing the consumption of natural resources. Among other benefits, smart curtains also minimize potential damage to home interiors sensitive to extreme temperatures. This means that you will change household items less often, and therefore adhere to the concept of responsible consumption.
For those who still appreciate the product’s manufacturability more, it is worth noting that most modern products on the market have automated systems for opening and closing curtains, but they are not able to adapt and learn in the way that Mechantica’s “smart curtains” do. In addition, this intelligent device is equipped with hardware and software with full-time self-learning, capable of solving complex tasks such as analyzing gas levels, temperature, humidity, and even vibration, and all this in real time for further notification of the user in case of anomalies.
How does it work?
If we talk about what this device consists of, the “smart curtains” system is built on the “edge computing” paradigm and is a microcomputer complete with sensors and control relays. All calculations, decision-making, processing and storage of information takes place on this microcomputer-server. And already processed information can be sent to other devices, for example, to a central server, cloud storage, or to the user’s phone, thus forming a whole network of smart peripheral computing devices working autonomously.
The “smart curtain” system monitors events in the home, sends alerts to the user, launches pre-designed smart scenarios, or can learn by itself. Triggers for system sensors can be motion, smoke, temperature and humidity, gas leakage, water leakage, the sound of broken glass, opening of doors and windows.
Modern applications for managing intelligent systems allow you to program individual scenarios adapted to the needs and habits of the owner. A person can use the phone to set the necessary settings for the house, which the device will remember and perform without the user’s participation.