Here's 12 top smart home window solutions, showcasing the surprising ways you can update your home for privacy, security, and efficiency.
Welcome to our gallery focusing on another important facet of modern home design: smart home windows.
Smart home technology serves to make our houses more comfortable, convenient, and safe places to live.
When the technology comes to windows, our visual portals to the world outside, truly innovative things happen.
We love the way that the best and brightest smart home technology has reaped rewards throughout the home, from security to heating, entertainment to irrigation, and everything in between. Windows are no exception.
With this gallery, you’ll be seeing a lot of before-and-after photos that demonstrate the transformative power that smart technology brings to the formerly prosaic home window.
Because windows are meant to be transparent, the benefits of this technology might not be so obvious to grasp. We’ll do our best to describe exactly what sets these products apart and how they’ll improve your home life.
First of all, we have two distinct types of products below. One category comprises window and door sensor devices that monitor the openings in your home for safety, security, and privacy.
The next category comprises smart windows themselves. These devices, whether the entire window or a film applied to existing windows, allow for the dynamic shifting from transparent to opaque in seconds.
Both products offer improved safety and security for your home, connecting an important part of the household to the smart ecosystem via wifi. These allow for unprecedented control and shading options, often from anywhere on earth via smartphone app.
We hope you enjoy the impressive new technology featured below, and feel inspired to update your own home windows.
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1. Pella Insynctive Window and Door Sensor
With this simple and elegant sensor, you’ll know with a single glance at your smartphone whether all of the windows and doors at home are properly closed. The sensor works by syncing with your smart home ecosystem, then broadcasting the information to an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. With a simple, unobtrusive installation, you’ll be able to secure peace of mind anytime you’re away from home.
As part of a comprehensive smart home ecosystem, you’ll be able to monitor the security of your home from virtually anywhere on earth. As long as you’ve got an internet connection and your phone, you’ll know what’s happening at home.
2. RWE SmartHome Door and Window Sensor
Similar to the above product, this device is a slim, sleek, and fully discreet way to monitor your windows and doors at home. After a breezy installation, you’ll be able to check all access points to your house at any time, remotely via smartphone or computer. It communicates with other RWE smart home devices to work in concert, keeping your home safe and efficient: for example, radiators can reduce their output automatically when they sense that the windows are open, cranking back up when the window is closed.
3. Smart Tint
This product is a unique film that can be applied to any new or existing smooth glass surface, allowing you to easily control opacity with the click of a button or a tap on your smartphone. When it’s off, the window will be frosted and opaque. When it’s on, it returns to fully transparent. Here’s a look at a shower door with the Smart Tint turned transparent. Looks like normal class, with full visibility. The film can be purchased in self-adhesive or non-adhesive versions, allowing for your choice of installation.
And now we see how the Smart Tint grants complete privacy to this walk-in shower when turned on to fully opaque mode. The frosted glass you see is the exact same glass!
This versatile technology can be applied to a variety of situations beyond the household. Below we see the glass in use on a private boat, about as far as you could get from home and still require windows.
As we can see on the windshield of this boat, the smart tint can create an entirely closed off space with the touch of a button. The previously clear windshield becomes a closed curtain for when you’re anchored and relaxing.
4. Dynamic Smart Glass
Unlike the products we’ve looked at so far, this is an actual smart window itself. The glass panels change their light control state and appearance in response to stimulus, whether it be voltage, heat, or sunlight. The product offers on-demand variable room darkening, tinting, and light control, or it can be programmed to react to sunlight and heat, adapting to increasing levels of tint.
Also available as a film you can apply to existing windows on your home, it’s an innovative solution to home privacy, heating, and lighting issues. As you can see below, there’s absolutely no visibility into the home when the opaque mode is engaged.
5. Glass Apps Smart Glass
This gorgeous smart glass solution is a laminated glass product consisting of Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal film sandwiched between two layers of glass and 2 conductive interlayers. It allows you to change the total appearance of the glass from clear to opaque on command, with literally any setting in between available. This allows you to control the amount of light, privacy, and heat that you’ve got in a given space.
Here we can see how dramatically this technology can transform the look and feel of a room. The once open bathroom becomes a den of privacy, perfect for nighttime baths or mornings when you’re just not ready to face the world.
6. View Glass
Currently found in workplaces, healthcare, education, hospitality, and government buildings, View Glass is coming soon to residential homes. You won’t need shades or blinds to keep out the glare and heat with this high tech window solution. Controlled by a mobile app on your Apple or Android smartphone, as well as predictive weather feeds and real-time sensors, the windows will become opaque whenever needed. Using an internet connection, the windows are able to pull information that lets them react to the date, time, and weather for fully automated function.
7. Velux Skylights
You’ll be able to control light and air with a single tap on your smartphone, if you’ve installed Velux smart skylights. These skylights are a high tech, environmentally friendly, and money saving addition to any home, powered by a discreet solar panel. A rain sensor automatically closes the skylight at the first sign of inclement weather, and the solar powered blinds can con command.
This product is an innovative smart glass solution that works via electrical pulses, switching from frosted to clear when power is applied. The strong, sleek smart glass is a cost effective alternative to other smart glass products, and most uniquely, doubles as a high definition rear projection screen for display presentations, TV, and video viewing.
Here’s the same room as seen above. With the power applied, the glass turns completely transparent, revealing a conference room. For home or office applications, this instant privacy access is invaluable.
9. Sage Glass
Sage Glass is designed to significantly reduce the energy needed to heat and cool your home or office. This smart glass technology utilizes integrated solar panels for self-contained power, plus a wireless interface for control. You can change the settings with a remote or your smartphone.
Here’s a close look at the glass panels themselves, which look remarkably like any traditional window. The solar cels are hidden away unobtrusively.
With a free companion app for your Apple or Android smartphone, you’ll be able to set the windows to dim even when you’re away from home. Say the day turns hot and sunny and you’re at the office? Make sure the house is shady and cool when you return with a couple taps.
10. Iris Indoor Door and Window Sensor
With this product, we return to the category of smart window and door sensors that we began our list with. These sleek, small, and almost invisible devices will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing with 100% certainty that your home is closed up and locked down while you’re away. Instant intrusion alerts are sent to your smartphone or computer via the compatible Iris Smart Hub. It can even be used on cabinetry or safes, acting as a remote alert to let you know when someone’s trying to get at your valuables.
Verilock sensors, similar to the other window and door sensors on our list, allow you to conveniently and consistently monitor the safety of your home via its many windows and doors. Using a smartphone or tablet, you’ll be able to use the free accompanying app to know if any windows or doors are left open, or open unexpectedly while you’re out. Verilock even monitors whether the door or window is locked, and professional monitoring is also available, akin to a traditional home security solution.
12. Smart Glass International
This innovative, strong, and durable smart glass technology is ideal for use in overhead glazing, kids’ rooms, sun rooms, conservatories, and even sports halls and pool houses. They offer energy savings on your cooling and lighting costs, plus protection from UV rays when needed. The surface of the glass is transformed from clear to opaque by either direct control or by sunlight activation.
Beyond simply offering shading, this durable glass can be purchased in a black-out capable edition, replete with total black-out effect. It’s ideal for medical environments or anywhere else privacy is at a premium.
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