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CES 2013 Eureka: ‘Smart Film’ Replaces Curtains, Goes Light to Dark via Wi-Fi

Controlled via Z-Wave or Wi-Fi, Aeon and Sonte "smart film" (developed by Opulis) adheres to windows, allows users to control opaqueness via mobile devices.


Opulis technology powers smart film from Sonte (WiFi) and Aeon Labs (Z-Wave) at CES 2013.

Curtains are so yesterday. Opulis is introducing at CES 2013 an adhesive “smart film” that is affixed to windows, and then lightened or darkened via mobile devices.

The Wi-Fi version from Sonte is on display at Eureka Park, the start-up section of CES at the Venetian. A Z-Wave version from Aeon Labs can be seen in the Z-Wave pavilion in the south hall of the LVCC.

The product is user-friendly. Cut it to size, peel off the adhesive and apply.

The companies aren’t saying what the film will cost, but Winston Cheng says the intention is to make it accessible for the masses.

He says, “We want to change the whole industry when it comes to curtains.”

It’s a tremendous innovation if it can be made affordable – I’ve always wanted that wildly expensive “smart glass” that turns opaque at the press of a button.

The problem with the Opulis film is that it’s not entirely see-through when it’s in the transparent mode. You get a noticeable “7 percent haze,” which affects both the brightness of the space and the view.

Also, unlike that pricey smart glass, this stuff doesn’t go totally opaque. Think of it more as a privacy curtain.

It also is an awesome solution for keeping the hot, bright sun out of your rooms.

Still, if it’s affordable, it makes great sense for plenty of applications, most notably office partitions.

And one more thing: “At your fingertip, your window or glass partition affixed to with our Sonte Film” can be transformed into a rear projection screen for TV, photos or family videos.

Don’t expect great quality on that end. It’s acceptable at best.


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News · Product News · Home Automation and Control · Control Systems · Events · CES · Z-Wave · Ces · Motorized Shade · Aeon · Opulis · Sonte · Eureka · All topics

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Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

4 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by mlafave  on  01/10  at  04:36 PM

Let’s just do away with all those “pricey” products.

Posted by Chris  on  01/11  at  03:22 PM

I’m hoping the demo in the picture is of the film already “energized”.  If not, the haze is more like 70 percent, not 7…

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  01/11  at  05:55 PM

Chris, that’s the raw film with the adhesive on it. I couldn’t get close enough to take a pic of the demo.

Posted by Leo  on  04/01  at  08:48 PM

Hi Chris, when “energized”, it is transparent. That is the time to check the “haze” NOT in opaque.

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