Bond Bridge & Screen Innovations Bring Unique New Connectivity and Control to Shades, Film Screens and Accessories, Highlighted in the 9/8/23 ‘Future of Shade Control’ Info-Session (1-2:30 PM, Room 710)
This new compatibility brings App-based control and integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomePod and HomeKit to Screen Innovations installations. It also represents Bond’s first integration with wired-controlled shades as well as Zigbee motor control through the Bond Home App.
Denver, CO – September 6, 2023 (CEDIA Expo 2023) – Bond ( booth #1838 ) and Screen Innovations (booth #1832) are pleased to announce that Screen Innovations motorized window shades, film screens and associated accessories are now compatible with the Bond Bridge Pro RF-to-WiFi device hub and Sidekick for Shades Gen2 wireless RF keypad. The result of a collaborative effort, this opens the doors for significant new control and integration capabilities for home technology pros.
The Bond Bridge Pro RF-to-WiFi device hub ($379 MSRP) brings app-based control of fifty appliances in a 3,500 sq. ft. home. For larger jobs multiple Bond Bridge Pros can be used. The Bridge integrates with Crestron, Savant, Control4, Elan, RTI, URC, Apple HomePod and HomeKit, and Homebridge automation, and for voice control Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings Apps and Josh.ai.
Bond parent company Olibra and SI Labs worked together to develop integration between the Bond Bridge Pro and TRO.Y – Screen Innovations’ IP Control and commissioning gateway for unified control of the brand’s 485, Zigbee and RTS shades and screens. Now, by integrating the two on a jobsite, SI’s wired and wireless motorized window shades, film screens and accessories can be controlled through the Bond Home App (iOS and Android phones). The app brings to the SI installations the latest in intuitive and convenient smartphone control, scheduling and programming, and voice control via any of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomePod and HomeKit. Configuring the App is easy – the installer simply selects Screen Innovations during setup and follows the prompts. The app provides direct access to Bond’s 24/7 customer service. This all makes for seamless installation and use experiences.
Bond’s newest universal, wireless (RF), flush-mount keypad, Sidekick for Shades Gen2 ($99 MSRP), is also compatible with the SI products. When mated with the Bond Bridge Pro and an automation system, the keypad’s capabilities increase. This includes extended range plus depiction of the operational status of the shades (opening, closing, etc). The keypad ships with interchangeable 5- and 1-channel button pads; a decora faceplate (attaches to wall or control box), and 10-year replaceable coin cell battery.
Screen Innovations will be demonstrating the Bond Bridge Pro and Sidekick for Shades Gen2 at CEDIA Expo 2023 (booth # 1832). This new joint-integration will also be a hot topic at the Bond booth ( #1838 ) where dealers can discuss all the new capabilities first-hand with Bond CEO Zohar Shinar and team.
“Now every product that SI produces can be controlled in a single Bond Home App,” says SI’s CTO Michael Braithwaite. “This includes draperies, shades, smart plugs and outlets, indoor and outdoor projection screens. Essentially, all motor topologies including Sub GHz, SDN (485), Zigbee, and PoE,” adding, “This is especially useful for the company’s popular Lithium wire free Solo 3 screens.”
“In addition to the many benefits that our new joint-integration brings to SI dealers, it also represents a first for Bond – the ability to now control Zigbee motors from leading companies such as Somfy and Current Luxury with Alexa voice control in the Bond Home App. If you are a dealer that buys from us yet are not currently using SI, you should consider this combined Bond/SI solution based on the motors that you are using (for example, Zigbee),” says Olibra/Bond CEO Zohar Shinar.
September 8, 2023, CEDIA Expo Info-Session: The Future of Shade Control with Bond and SI
The two companies are hosting the info-session Friday, September 8, from 1-2:30 PM in Room 710. The session will focus on raising customer experiences, improving profitability, and simplifying shade design and system deployments. Covered will be the how’s and why’s of controlling projects from the single and powerful Bond Home App, the result of the joint Bond and SI development.
Where to Purchase Bond
Dealers can purchase all Bond solutions directly from www.bondhome.io, and as of timing of this announcement, Screen Innovations dealers can now purchase the Bond Bridge Pro and Sidekick for Shades Gen2 directly from SI.
Bond is from Olibra, a privately-owned NJ tech company established in 2016 with a focus of making motorized window coverings, ceiling fans and gas fireplaces simpler and more delightful to use. The Bond Bridge Pro brings app-based control to these as well as integration with Crestron, Savant, Control4, Elan, RTI, URC, Homebridge automation and Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings Apps and Josh.ai voice activation.
It is compatible with motors by Somfy, Rollease Acmeda, Coulisse / Motion Blinds, Dooya, Gaposa, NICE, Amp Motorization, J-Star, BTX, A-OK, and Bofu. (Complete list of compatible motors here: https://bondhome.io/supported-motorization-brands/) Ceiling fan compatibility includes MinkaAire, Craftmade, Visual Comfort & Co, Quorum, Progress Lighting, Westinghouse, Hampton Bay, Air Cool, Wind River, DEKOR, Star Fans, Hinkley, Star, River of Goods, Litex, Beacon Lighting, ThreeSixty, and more.
The Sidekick for Shades Gen2 wireless (RF), flush-mount, battery-powered keypad works with Somfy/Somfy RTS, Rollease Acmeda, Coulisse/Motion Blinds, MagnaTrack, Dooya bi- and uni-directional, A-OK, Nice (Green), Gaposa, PowerShades, and AMP Motorization hade motors. www.bondhome.io
About Screen Innovations
Innovative shades & projection screens, making life beautiful, convenient & fun. Dedicated to developing the most innovative and design-forward projection screens, window coverings, and outdoor shading and screen solutions for home and corporate environments, Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds every product it sells in its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Always putting the customer first, SI listens, learns, and delivers a wide variety of design-forward products, services, and online tools. Committed to doing its part to limit the company’s impact on the environment, SI follows LEAN manufacturing principles and monitors production processes closely to minimize waste wherever possible. For more information about SI please visit screeninnovations.com and follow the company on social media platforms Facebook @screen innovations, Twitter @SIScreens, Instagram @siscreens, and LinkedIn screen-innovations.