• Christmas is almost here

    Posted on 20th December 2016 by admin.

    Have you been working your way through an advent calendar in the lead-up to Christmas? Whether opening the windows of your own calendar or helping children with their’s, it’s a long-standing tradition to uncover treats or delightful winter scenes that raises the Christmas spirit and warms the heart.

    Advent is a version of a Latin word meaning ‘coming’, symbolising the expectant waiting for Christmas Day.

    Well, even though there’s yet to be a dusting of 'the white stuff’ outside, which window in your home affords you your favourite view? Do you have a beautiful scene which waits for an enchanting reveal each morning? Is there a view from one of your windows which you long to see at different times of the year?

    Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds can turn that reveal into a true performance and create a spectacle in any room.

    With or without a stunning view, electric blinds add a sophisticated way to control the light, shade, colour and atmosphere of any room and can be fully integrated into leading home automation systems.

    So, why not forego any further waiting and treat yourself and your home to an elegant and practical electric blind solution from Controliss blinds.

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with automated, Christmas

  • Raise a glass to the robot bartender

    Posted on 16th October 2013 by Andy.

    Monsieur Robot Bartender

    So you get home from a hard day at work, flop down into the sofa and push the button to lower your remote control powered blinds. But how do you relax and unwind? Well, could there be a better way than with your very own robot bartender? The Monsieur is an AI robot bartender specialising in cocktails that comes in both business and personal models. The larger model for bars, hotels and ‘Mad Men’ style offices is capable of mixing 300 different cocktails and can dispense up to 150 drinks before needing a top up. Which is certain to bring any house party to life. It can even learn your preferred tipples, make recommendations or surprise you with something new.

    There’s also an app that will monitor your alcohol consumption and warn you when it thinks your blood alcohol level is too high. And when you’re out and about the app will tell you what drinks the nearest Monsieur is serving. It will let you place your order without having to queue. While it’s not the first robot bartender in the world the Monsieur gets the concept right. However, it has still to hit its Kickstarter target before going into full production, which means you can get to the front of the line for one if you’re quick. That’s if the reported price tag of $1,499 doesn’t leave you shaken or stirred. Find out more here:

    This Post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with app, automated, monsieur, robot

  • In The Auto-Garden

    Posted on 23rd May 2011 by Chris.

    This year has brought us the warmest April in the UK since Met Office records began, over a century ago. On those sunny mornings, drawn to the windows by the streaks of sunlight breaking through the gaps in our curtains or window blinds, we looked out and immediately started to make this year's 'To Do' list that will transform the garden we see before us into our own sun-blessed delight. The usual routine of mowing the lawn, weeding the flower beds and then giving the area it's necessary water can be a back-straining or, at least, time consuming process. There are, however, ways to make this easier on the back and your schedule as gardening is yet another act that can now be automated. As mentioned in the previous Controliss blinds blog, 'Robot Chores', there are a range of robot lawn mowers available to buy, such as the MowBot. The MowBot works by sensing the signals sent from a border wire that is laid down to separate the areas that do need mowing from the areas that do not. It can also detect objects such as trees and then work around them. While there is currently no practical technological device capable of removing weeds from your garden effectively, there are many chemical weed killers that are formulated to target specific types of weeds. An impressive gardening development that is becoming more and more common, is the automated micro irrigation system. This consists of a water computer or water timer, a pressure reducing unit, and any watering components that are required for the garden. The system can be set up and programmed to water the garden at a constant rate or at certain times through a series of water outlets including drippers, that will allow an accurate set amount of water to a particular pot or row of plants, and spray nozzles or sprinklers, that will cover the other areas. Automated micro irrigation systems not only make the task easier for you, they are also more efficient because they use the exact amount of water that is required. Just imagine, next time the sun graces your garden with it's radiance, you could get up in morning, open your blinds, and be presented with a glorious garden that is actually maximising its own magnificence while minimising your labor.

    This Post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with automated, blinds, garden, gardening, Home Automation, Smart Home, window

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