Hello everyone! This is my first post in the Community Forums.
I’ve been learning and experimenting with OH2 for some time now and am starting to become comfortable and would like to begin expanding my basic setup beyond lighting and AV control. I’d still consider myself “Beginner/Intermedite” with OH at this time.
As my first project, installing motorized blinds for automation is primarily because of… my dog! I have a Boxer (Taz) that likes to sit at my windows and look outside. To do this, she sticks her head between the slats on blinds i have now and forces them open so she can see outside. By doing this, she is constantly destorying the slats at the bottom of the blinds. I’ve tried to get her to stop doing this, but she is insitant on watching the birds and squirrels outside and only stops for a few days then is back at it again. As a plus, this gives me an excuse to do some HA setup.
My idea is to integrate motorized blinds that can be Rule controlled by a sensor (motion or proximity, ESP8266 based?) that when she is within a certain area the blinds will lift an appropriate amount so she can look outside without having to stick her head into the slats to force them open.
So, I am reaching out to the OH2 community for suggestions on hardware solutions as i would like to control four blinds. Two of them to be dog sensored, and the other two for a complete system in my living room. Looking around, from what i am seeing motorized blinds in Canada can be quite expensive. Normally i would just buy something that after researching, “should” work and play around with it, but with the cost involved any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
The most common products i have found available in Canada so far are Hunter-Douglas, Soomfy and Bali. Hunter-Douglas I can order locally, and are custom made. Soomfy/Dooya have tube motors available and I would have to order online. Bali are also custom made and i haven’t researched yet, so unsure of OH2 compatability. With any suggestions I am fine with buying custom made blinds or doing DIY motor installs, I would just like to be certain it will fit my needs due to the cost involved.
Thanks everyone, looking forward to ideas and suggestions so I can begin this challenge!
BTW, i’m currently running on an RPi3 with a recent nightly Openhabian - Phillips HUE, Logitech Harmony, Yamaha A/V Receiver, and Kodi bindings. I also have a Vera Edge Z-wave controller, but have not done anything OH with it, as was my fist Homeautomation test purchase several years ago and only paired a door sensor and power outlet to it. At that time i was’t sure of the Homeautomation route i wanted to take…