If you’re looking to bring aspects of your home into the modern age without making the move to smart home, Aqara is for you. The popular smart home company has just released its Aqara Smart Curtain Driver E1, which easily automates your existing curtains.
Starting at just $90, the Curtain Driver E1 quickly mounts to your curtain track or rod and can then open your curtains automatically. Users can set a schedule, use the built-in ambient light sensor to let them open/close on their own every day, use the Aqara app, and even work with Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT, or Apple’s Homekit.
Aqara’s E1 driver is completely wireless thanks to the built-in rechargeable battery, so it can be attached to any curtain in your home in no time at all. It’s worth noting that it will work with your typical $99 curtain rod, or a cheaper track option is perfect for U-track and I-track systems. The E1 can move curtains up to 26 lbs.
Unfortunately, it is based on the Zigbee 3.0 protocol and requires a compatible Aqara hub, which is a small drawback. However, once you have everything set up, it’s easy to open the curtains with your voice, automate the process or use the light sensor.
Better still, you can adjust the speed of the Aqara Curtain Driver’s motor in the app to open for an hour, slowly let in the sunrise, or simulate the sunset.
Because it is an aftermarket product, installation is quick and easy. So if you’re looking to upgrade your home with some smart gadgets, this is one to check out. Aqara says it will be compatible with Matter’s smart home standard whenever it matters.
Aqara Smart Curtain Motor E1, REQUIRES AQARA Zigbee 3.0 HUB, Electric Curtain Driver for Remote Control and Home Automation, HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT Support (Track Version, 1 Pack)
Bring your home into the modern age with this retrofit curtain motor for automatically opening and closing the curtains.
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