Amazon offer quite a few options to allow for voice control. Many of us already own some form of Amazon Echo. If you have the new Amazon Echo Plus you have most bases covered and can order pretty much any blind. If you have the older Echo or Echo dot you will need a hub to control your blinds.Voice control of Somfy powered blinds
To control blinds and awnings powered by Somfy motors you will need a Somfy TaHoma hub. The TaHoma hub plugs into your existing internet router and allows voicce command given to Alexa to control any Somfy RTS or io powered blind or awning. To close you bedroom blinds for example you simply say, "Alexa, turn on bedtime". The TaHoma hub then runs a routine that youve already set up that will close any blinds, and if also connected to TaHoma it can dim or turn off lights, control thermostats, turn off anything that can plug into a Somfy RTS plug.Voice control of QMotion Zigbee blinds
Amazons Echo Plus has an integrated Zigbee hub. This means that if you have qmotion blinds with a zigbee motors Alexa can talk directly with the blind with no additional hub required. So thats your new qmotion battery powered blinds being controlled by a device that you may already own. So no additional house wiring or electrician required and no additional hub required. Simply have your new qmotion blinds fitted and ask Alexa on your Amazon Echo Plus to close you blinds, could it be more simple?
These days we like to control everything via our mobile devices and blinds are no exception. App control of blinds is possible with most motorised blinds even if you've got the blinds already.Somfy TaHoma
With the new TaHoma® application, Somfy places real, condensed, technological control into your hands. Tahoma® simplifes the control of multiple home devices. It’s so intuitive to use, why wait? Accessible over the internet, via a computer, smartphone or tablet, with the TaHoma® interface, you have touch control of blinds, curtains, lights, electrical equipment, heating, garage doors and gates, etc. In short, your environment moves with you, so regardless of where you are, in the house, on vacation or at work... you are always at home.Somfy Connexoon RTS
With Connexoon you control your sunscreens, garagedoors and gates using a very userfriendly app on your smartphone. With the intuitive "Check Home" function you are able to check and control connected devices whereever you are. The timerfunction allows automatic opening and shutting the rollershutters which is comfortable and also allows presence simulation. Connexoon enhances your home comfort and security.QMotion QSync
Our smartphones and tablets are increasingly important in our daily lives. QMotion shades are as convenient to control as your phones. With the addition of Qsync technology, QMotion shades move up and down easier than sending a text message. Qsync works with the QMotion app available in your app store today. It transforms a smartphone or tablet into the most elegant and functional transmitter for QMotion products.
There are many options available to control your blinds other than the typical handsets available with most motorised blinds. It is now possible to turn just about any smart device into a handset.Mobile Phones
Somfy and QMotion offer apps that can control your blinds from your mobile phone, all you need is an appropriate hub. Somfy offer TaHoma and Connexoon and QMotion have QSync. You can set up timers and scenes so that multiple operations can take place from one command. Somfy and QMotions apps are compatible with Android and iOS devices.Tablets
Apps are available for Android and iOS devices for tablets in the same way as for mobile phones.Smart Speakers
Amazons Echo and Echo plus can be used for voice activation of your blinds via Alexa. Echo plus allows for direct control of QMotions Zigbee blinds. Or with the addition of Somfy TaHoma Alexa can talk to any Somfy powered blind or awning.
Using the online TaHoma web service its also possible to control your Somfy powered blinds.