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RYSE SmartShade – Smart App-Enabled Automated Window Shades System

When it comes to home improvements, it’s no secret that Smart Home technology can truly make a homeowner’s life much easier. While most Smart Home devices and Smart Speakers from companies like Google and Amazon have become a standard nowadays, as they allow for a full automation of a household, less complex things like your home’s window shades can also be improved. In comparison to manually operated window shades, automated window shades can undoubtedly make your life both easier and safer. Not only are they an easy way to upgrade your home, but they also provide on-demand privacy and easy light control for all rooms within your home. By having automated window shades, you can more easily control the sun’s glare on your TV screen and also protect furnishings from the harsh midday sun, all by simply scheduling them to automatically go down at a certain time of the day, like whenever the sun typically shines through the hardest. So, if you’re looking for a way to automate your current standard window shades, then the RYSE SmartShade is your answer.

The RYSE SmartShade is a smart App-enabled and electric-powered smart-home device that can completely automate any existing standard window shades that you have installed at home, featuring precise and easy-to-use built-in Button Controls, Bluetooth Connectivity, and In-App Controls via the RYSE App.

Cleverly designed to be powered by software that leverages AI, sensors, and weather data, this smart automated window shades system can intelligently control your home’s window shades to optimize your home’s energy-usage and your family’s overall comfort while at home.

In addition, users can also get the optional smart add-on devices for the main unit (meaning the SmartShade), which include the RYSE SmartBridge and the RYSE BatteryPack.

The RYSE SmartBridge lets users connect and control up to 10 SmartShades, as well as create Group Controls and automated routines via the App, or even operate each SmartShade unit via Voice Controls.

Finally, with the RYSE BatteryPack, users are able to achieve a completely wire-free installation of their RYSE SmartShade unit.

Now, let’s have a deeper look into this smart automated window shades system and check out exactly how it is designed to work, and also talk about everything that it has to offer you.

DESIGN & SPECS

Starting with its size, the RYSE SmartShade unit comes at a reasonably compact size, measuring just 1.8 inches long by 1.8 inches wide by 5.1 inches tall, and each unit is also fairly lightweight, weighing just 0.72 lbs. (330 g).

This compact smart automated window shades system also features a modern and minimalist design that gives it a stylish and fairly discrete look when installed close to your windows and window shades.

RYSE SmartShade
RYSE SmartShade – Compact-size // Modern and Minimalist Design

Moreover, the whole unit also features a very durable build, coming equipped with a fairly sturdy outer shell made of high-quality ABS plastic.

Now, in terms of its internal components, it’s worth mentioning that this smart automated window shades system is powered by a high-quality motor, which makes it capable of working with (i.e. capable of lifting) most window shade models, which can measure up to 9 x 9 ft. and/or weight up to 10 lbs.

RYSE SmartShade
Equipped with a high-quality motor

Last but not least, keep in mind that the RYSE SmartShade, which is the basic and primary component from this smart automated window shades system is designed to be electric-powered, with the unit drawing its power via an optional 12V / 2.0A Power Adapter, which can be easily installed anywhere in your home thanks to an included 9 ft. cable.

SET UP / INSTALLATION

When it comes to the system’s installation, know that the RYSE SmartShade features an extremely simple and straightforward DIY installation, which can be done in no more than just 5 minutes.

RYSE SmartShade
Straightforward DIY Installation

As a reminder, the RYSE SmartShade is designed to be capable of lifting most window shade models, which can measure up to 9 x 9 ft. and/or weight up to 10 lbs.

On a side note, it’s worth mentioning that specifically for a window shade’s cord, know that this smart automated window shades system is only compatible with #10 Size Beaded Chains, which can be either plastic- or metal-beaded chains, for as long as the beads in those chains measure between 1.6 to 3.2 mm in diameter.

Embedded below, you can find a link for the company’s official Interactive Installation Guide for the RYSE SmartShade:

https://www.zingtree.com/deploy/tree.php?tree_id=987336475#2

INTERFACE / CONTROL PANEL

Integrated at the very front-side of the unit, we also have a built-in Control Panel that features a simplified and very intuitive interface.

RYSE SmartShadeEssentially, at the front-side of each RYSE SmartShade unit, users have a set of built-in Button Controls, which consist of an Up Button and Down Button that allow homeowners to easily adjust the set height of their window shades with just a simple tap on either of these buttons.

Other than that, at the top-side of the unit, there’s also a Set Button, which allows users to set up a pre-determined Height Setting (for when automating the unit with the use of the RYSE App), as well as a Pair Button, which allows users to pair up the unit with their Smartphone via its Bluetooth Connectivity.

RYSE SmartShadeCONNECTIVITY

For its connectivity, this smart automated window shades system boasts Bluetooth LE Connectivity, operating within a 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency (with +8 dBm Radio Power).

This Bluetooth LE Connectivity is what’s used to establish a wireless connection between the main unit and a user’s Smartphone in order to provide homeowners with convenient and easy-to-use In-App controls whenever they’re not close-by to the main unit itself.

RYSE SmartBridge – Optional Bluetooth Bridging Device

Furthermore, for homeowners looking to get multiple RYSE SmartShade units (for multiple window shades within their household), know that you also have the option to purchase the RYSE SmartBridge (sold separately), which ultimately allows users to connect and control up to 10 SmartShades, as well as create Group Controls and automated routines via the App, or even operate each SmartShade unit via Voice Controls.

RYSE SmartBridge
RYSE SmartBridge

The RYSE SmartBridge is extremely compact, taking just a little more installation space somewhere close-by to the main unit.

RYSE SmartBridge
RYSE SmartBridge

This device works by being connected to any modem or Wifi-Extender via a dedicated Ethernet port (and an Ethernet cable) that ultimately helps to further extend the Bluetooth Connectivity of multiple RYSE SmartShade units (up to 10 units at a time) by connecting them all together as an entirely automated and fully-synchronized smart automated window shades system.

BATTERY & BATTERY LIFE

As said before, while this smart automated window shades system is designed to be electric-powered, users can choose to purchase the RYSE BatteryPack (sold separately) and integrate that together with their RYSE SmartShade unit, which ultimately allows them to achieve a completely wire-free installation of the whole system.

RYSE BatteryPack
RYSE BatteryPack

Essentially, the RYSE SmartShade unit features a dedicated battery-slot that allows the RYSE BatteryPack to be attached to the main unit.

RYSE BatteryPack – Optional Battery-Pack for the RYSE SmartShade

To put it simply, the RYSE BatteryPack comes at a fairly small size, measuring just 1.8 inches long by 1.8 inches wide by 2.4 inches tall, and is also super-lightweight at just 0-13 lbs. (162 g).

Each BatteryPack also comes equipped with a 1850 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery that can provide between 3 to 6 months of battery life, depending on the system’s usage of course.

RYSE BatteryPack
RYSE BatteryPack

In terms of the BatteryPack’s power-capacity, note that a simple 6-hour charge gives the battery-unit up to 6 months of battery life for the system’s main unit, meaning the RYSE SmartShade.

Whenever it’s time to recharge the RYSE BatteryPack, all that users have to do is to connect its included Micro-USB Charging Cable to its dedicated Micro-USB Charging port.

THE SMARTPHONE COMPANION APP – The RYSE App

Instead of using the main unit’s built-in Button Controls, homeowners can also control the functionalities of their RYSE SmartShade unit(s) in a completely remote way via the RYSE App, which is avaialble to download for free for both iOS and Android devices.

RYSE App
RYSE App

Via the RYSE App, users can conveniently keep track of all of their RYSE SmartShade units in one simplified Menu, as well as easily control all their SmartShade units remotely.

RYSE App
RYSE App

Best of all, the RYSE App also allows users to as create Group Controls, as well as set-up and configure automated routines for their RYSE SmartShade units, which ultimately enables all units to work / operate fully-automatically.

RYSE App
RYSE App

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Inside each package, users will find everything that need for an easy DIY installation, including: their RYSE SmartShade unit, along with the unit’s dedicated Power Adapter, a Back Cover that keeps the main unit’s mechanisms covered and protected, as well as an Inside Mounting Bracket and Outside Mounting Bracket Attachment, a couple of Mounting Bracket Attachment Screws, a Cord Sprocket and Cord Guide Rail, a set of Position Marker Tapes, and a few extra Screws and Anchors.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The RYSE SmartShade is a smart App-enabled and electric-powered smart-home device that can completely automate any existing standard window shades that you have installed at home, featuring precise and easy-to-use built-in Button Controls, Bluetooth Connectivity, and In-App Controls via the RYSE App.

RYSE SmartShade
RYSE SmartShade

All in all, the RYSE SmartShade gives homeowners an affordable and easy way to motorize their window shades.

If you’re interested the RYSE SmartShade main kit, know that each set is currently priced at just $169, and each purchase also comes accompanied by a 1-Year Limited Warranty and Free-Delivery. You can order yours online right now, directly from RYSE’s official shopping page.

In addition, users can opt to purchase the RYSE SmartBridge to further extend the system’s connecitivity (up to 10 units at a time) as well as bring the option for Voice-Controlled functionalities, with each RYSE SmartBridge costing you just $69, and each purchase also including a 1-Year Limited Warranty and Free-Delivery. You can order yours online from RYSE’s corresponding shopping page.

Finally, users can also opt to purchase RYSE BatteryPack for a completely wire-free installation of their RYSE SmartShade unit, with each RYSE BatteryPack also costing just $69, and also including a 1-Year Limited Warranty and Free-Delivery. You can order yours online from RYSE’s shopping page.

João Matos
Soon after getting his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, João Matos joined the GadgetGram team on May 2019. Since then, he has been working as the Content Director, with the main goal of publishing thorough reviews on all sorts of newly released tech-products. In addition, João has also been been working as a proficient News Writer and News Editor at Gadget Gram, as well as the Social Media Manager for the company's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

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