Blinds, Home, Light Sensor, Technology, Temperature Sensor, Windows

New ‘Smart Blinds’ respond to light and temperature changes..

If you’re like most of us, you probably keep your blinds open during the day in order to enjoy the warm light of the sun (and save on electricity) and close them at night to keep random strangers from creepily staring in at you without your knowing. Not unreasonable.

The trouble with this? There’s no way of waking up to natural sunlight in the morning. That is, until now.

A new Kickstarter start-up company, known as “FlipFlic“, has recently introduced an automated ‘smart blind’ that responds to light and temperature. Not only that, but it can be controlled right from your smart phone.

Now this isn’t the first smart blind to hit the market. Companies such as Somfy and Lutron  also offer smart blind solutions, but with a heftier price tag. While most smart blinds start at $250 to upwards of $1000, FlipFlic starts at a mere $90, making it a much more affordable option.

What’s the catch you ask? Well, it can’t actually open or close blinds. It only adjusts the angle of the slats to either let in or block sunlight.

Ok, so its not perfect. But neither is spending a grand on motorized blinds…

CNET has the full story.

Auto, Automotive, Business, Electric-Hybrid, Ford, Technology

Ford announces new line of Hybrid-Electric cars..

The Ford Motor Company (F: NYSE) announced today plans to release 13 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020. The lineup includes a hybrid Mustang which offers “V8 power and even more low-end torque” and an F-150 Hybrid that can “operate as a mobile generator.”

The lineup will also feature an all-new fully electric small SUV that delivers an estimated range of at least 300 miles (480 km). Autofocus has the full story.