Hunter Douglas has integrated its PowerView® Automation system with a range of smart home systems to enhance home automation and convenience. This integration allows users to control Hunter Douglas window treatments via remote control, the PowerView App on mobile devices, and simple voice commands, ensuring an effortless and customizable home environment. The PowerView Automation system is compatible with popular smart home systems, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, making it convenient for users to adjust their shades according to their daily routines and preferences.
With Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, users can activate their Hunter Douglas window treatments with voice commands. The system enables users to control individual shades, groups of shades, or preset Scenes in the PowerView® App by using phrases like “Hey Google, open Bedroom Left” or “Alexa, close the shades”. This functionality not only offers convenience but also allows for the creation of a personalized smart environment that adjusts to the homeowner’s lifestyle, providing control over privacy, light, and heat.
For Apple HomeKit users, Hunter Douglas offers the ability to control PowerView shades using the Apple Home app and Siri. This integration allows for secure and easy control of shades from various Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and HomePod. Users can join a public beta program for PowerView Gen 3 Automation with Apple HomeKit, although it’s noted that this integration, while operational, has not yet been officially certified by Apple.
Hunter Douglas emphasizes energy efficiency and child safety in its smart blinds and shades. Automated shades can respond to weather conditions, automatically adjusting to block out heat during summer or retain warmth during winter, contributing to lower energy costs. The PowerView system, being cordless, also enhances safety for children and pets. Additionally, the PowerView Hub has evolved to offer a cohesive look with the rest of the system’s components and faster processing speeds for an improved user experience. The PowerView App facilitates the creation of Scenes for automated shade positions, tailored to activities or times of the day, such as “Rise and Shine” or “Movie Night”.
This comprehensive integration of Hunter Douglas blinds with smart home devices offers users a seamless and sophisticated way to enhance the functionality, comfort, and aesthetic appeal of their living spaces.