Smart Film, as we saw it, was a curtain that didn’t just hang in front of your window. Instead it applied directly to glass, allowing the glass to be transparent or opaque at the push of a button. It guaranteed privacy and did not block light. We thought it to be the perfect solution for large surfaced windows in your home, meeting rooms, and gyms — Smart Film came with lots of potential and privacy.
That’s why we got to work right away.
We created beta version after beta version and constantly refined it. We had professional window manufacturers test it, and they loved it. But no matter how much we refined Smart Film, no matter how much better each edition looked and performed than the last, there was one thing that we couldn’t refine: how to make it easy to install.
Aeotec products need to be simple to install and use. This is the underlying concept of all of our smart home creations: from lighting to sensors and controls. Smart Film wasn’t. It was too easy to make a mistake when installing it, too easy to get a bubble underneath the film and waste $300 of your money. A product that is hard to install and expensive to buy isn’t something we could consciously release, so we won’t.
Smart Film worked in practice, works in our board room where it looks super cool, but can’t work in the real world where installing screen protectors on your phone is hard enough and installing film on a large window is near to impossible.
Thanks for your interest in the product all the same. We have a lot of other big ideas, but we’re going to be starting with “easy to install” every time from here on out.
Smart Film, as we wanted it.
Smart Film is a window cover technology. It’s like a curtain, but it doesn’t hang in front of your window. Instead it applies directly to glass. It allows glass to be transparent. It allows glass to be opaque. It lets light through. Smart Film is the modern curtain. One focussed on privacy. One focussed on saving energy. One available at the push of a button.
Curtains provide privacy but block light. Smart Film provides privacy when you want and need it, without darkening the room that you’re in.
Reduce your heating and cooling bills by perfectly controlling the ambient light that enters every room.
Smart Film is as easy to apply as any other laminate: simply cut it to your window’s size before applying it.
Each section of Smart Film can be powered by the same technology and intelligence that binds all of Aeotec’s home automation products: Z-Wave.
Each section of Smart Film can also be powered by WiFi, making it access from your computer network or smart phone.
Current: 0.1 amperes per m2
Power: 7 watts per m2
Switching: > 1 second
Operation: (on) transparent (off) opaque
Light transmittance: On (75%) Off (67%)
Haze Coefficient: On (7%) Off (87%)