Smart Home
With the Slide, home curtains slide into the 21st Century

At this point, many parts of the home can be retrofitted with connected components in order to bring them into the 21st century. The result? Dumb lamps that can be cloud controlled and front doors with the ability to track everyone who comes in and out of the home. Curtains, however, have been a bit of a challenge since they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, forcing apartment dwellers and homeowners to buy brand new units to satisfy their connected needs.

The Slide is one of the few devices designed as a smart retrofit system for curtains and blinds. With it, users can use a companion smartphone app to control single or multiple curtains, adjust how far they should open and even set timers and schedules. IFTTT integration takes the Slide’s functionality up a notch, letting users take advantage of other aspiring smart home mainstays like the Flic and Amazon’s Echo.

With a wide variety of mounting options and a $78 price point, the Slide is a simply designed and presented curtain solution for those that want a bit more connectivity in their homes. The Slide is slated to ship in August 2017 should its Kickstarter campaign raise about $42,000 by January 8th.

Compared to the EZ Wand and Tilt My Blinds, the Slide boasts great presentation and ease of use. The EZ Wand is technically better in that it can work with far more types of curtains but only offers a physical controller instead of Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity. Tilt My Blinds is also interesting in that it offers wireless control and sports a built-in solar panel for even more ease of use — just without the cloud control that the Slide brings to the table.

Nicholas Echevarria currently calls Shanghai home but is a Brooklyn native at heart. He writes about lifestyle, tech, and design and, whenever he gets the chance, indulges his addiction to biking and Hearthstone. Check out some more of his work at https://clippings.me/nicholasechevarria.