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[KICKSTARTER] Sonte: Digital shades controlled with smartphone and DIY!

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Our reason for starting this project is simple - curtains have been around for thousands of years without much improvement. The small advances that have been made, such as motorized shades and smart glass, can be extremely expensive and complex to install. With SONTE Film, we set out to revolutionize the industry of windows and curtains. Our goal is to make our smart film technology affordable and easy to install for all.
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SONTE Film is the first ever Wi-Fi enabled digital shade that instantly switches windows from opaque to clear in less than a second. The film pairs with a free smartphone app that allows users to turn SONTE Film “on” for see-through windows and “off” for opaque windows. Users can also use the app to control a room’s privacy and transparency setting. The customizable digital shade is easy to install and affordable, and doubles as a projection screen.
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TECH SPECS:

Power: 110-220VAC

Current: 0.05 amperes per square meter (10.76 sq ft)

Power: less than 5 watts per square meter (10.76 sq ft)

Switching: less than 1 second

Operation: (on) transparent (off) opaque

Thickness: approximately 0.4mm

Viewing angle: more than 140 degrees

Light transmittance: On (70%) Off (5%)

Haze Coefficient: On (7%) Off (87%)

Operating temperature: -20C (-4F) to 70C (158F)

SOURCE - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/843725167/sonte-iphone-ipad-android-diy-wifi-digital-shades

Can't wait to get some to try it out! I have seen this on tv before and thought it would be much longer before I could try it out.

One thing I really want to try it on it front windshield on my car. It would be perfect to keep out the sun instead of using those reflective mats that you have to put up and take down each time. Would need some redundancy so it doesn't turn off (opaque) while driving though. biggrin.gif

Also would like to see its light transmittance higher or at least an option.
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I've seen LCD-type windows that go from transparent to translucent with a flip of a light switch. I guess if you're into the whole "smart house" thing this is a cool alternative.
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Even if this wasn't "smart" and was a normal on or off switch, which you can get, I would prefer this I think.
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