HomeKit Coming to Hunter Douglas' New PowerView Motorization System for Window Shades

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Hunter Douglas recently launched its next-generation PowerView Motorization system designed to control Hunter Douglas motorized window shades.

    The new version of the PowerView Motorization supports Amazon and Google services out of the box, but with an update later this year, it will also support Apple's HomeKit.

    The PowerView Motorization Hub lets users control, time, and set their window shades to raise, lower, and tilt on an automatic schedule. With HomeKit support, the PowerView Motion will let window shades and blinds be controlled via Siri voice commands, and shade settings can also be incorporated into HomeKit scenes for full-home automation.

    The PowerView Pebble Controller component of the PowerView Motorization system, which offers a way to manually control the shades sans smartphone, comes in new colors (Ecru, Oyster, and Mist) so now there are a wide range of color options to match any interior.


    The PowerView Hub itself has also been updated with a new design that's similar in appearance to the Pebble Controller, and with the addition of Wi-Fi support, it no longer needs to connect directly to a router. It also offers faster processing speeds for a better end user experience, and the accompanying PowerView Repeater offers strengthened signal ranges for improved home coverage.

    Finally, along with the launch of the new PowerView Motorization system, the PowerView app has been updated with a new user interface that includes a customizable dashboard where users can add favorite scenes and automations.

    Hunter Douglas has not yet provided a specific launch date for when we can expect HomeKit compatibility to be added to the new PowerView Motorization system, but it is expected to be introduced before the end of the year. More info on the updated PowerView line can be found on the Hunter Douglas website.

    Article Link: HomeKit Coming to Hunter Douglas' New PowerView Motorization System for Window Shades
  2. macs4nw macrumors 601


    With all these conveniences and labor-saving gadgets, I'll have to start exercising more :D
  3. StevenPG macrumors member


    Nov 1, 2012
    Sure feels like all HomeKit adoption is always “later this year”.
  4. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
    I can only imagine how much this will cost. :eek: Definitely for most.
  5. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Exactly! I always feel like Fight and Amazon are always ready but Apple sits back to figure out how to monitize and lock one in more.
  6. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Great, I welcome more competition and choices. As far as I am aware, Lutron Serena has been the only HomeKit window shade.
  7. moo083 macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think that's because iOS 11 changed everything when it comes to new HomeKit devices. No hardware required means they can make their devices for a lot less and with less back and forth with Apple. But the process changed, and they couldn't really do much until iOS 11 was out.
  8. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Well, I’d take blind and shade automation over most of the other gadgets.
  9. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    We are slowly moving into home kit. First was an ecobee4 thermostat and then the new Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener.

    BTW, I was what can only be described as giddy when I said "hey Siri, open the garage door." And it opened.

    We will be deciding between blinds and lights next, and this looks really nice.
  10. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
  11. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    Dude, I totally missed my opportunity! I could have named it "Pod Bay Door" instead of "Garage Door" and I would have been able to say "Open the Pod Bay Door."
  12. iansilv macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
  13. canny macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
    Motorized blinds are the one household item that should definitely be powered by solar energy.
  14. pedzsan macrumors member


    May 22, 2016
    Leander, TX
    I was curious so I went to the site. It says it uses batteries. Hmmm...
  15. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    What better way to motivate yourself to start exercising than to get a brand new Apple Watch? :D Perhaps this is all part of Apple's master plan...
  16. Jdg99999999 macrumors newbie


    Jan 12, 2018
  17. socalmark2 macrumors newbie


    Mar 14, 2011
    Still no ETA for Homekit per Hunter Douglas.
  18. cindybindy1984 macrumors newbie


    Jul 5, 2017
    Did you look at the alternatives? SOMA Smart Shades have HomeKit and these have solar panels, although I live somewhere where the sun don't shine they still work well :)

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