Kinestral: just the right amount of light with Halio smart-tinting glass

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Kinestral presents Halio – which not only allows users to adjust the exact amount of light that comes through windows, but can connect to digital assistants like Alexa.

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Halio allows users to adjust the exact amount of light that comes through the glass
Smart homes are quickly becoming the new normal, as ever more ‘smart’ appliances hit the market. With the growing popularity of digital assistants such as Alexa (a 2017 study by the Consumer Technology Association predicted that 44% of adults in the United States plan to buy a smart speaker in 2018) consumers automate many of the daily tasks of home life, from big things like keeping your home secure to less pressing details, like combining the weather report with breakfast. Kinestral, maker of the Halio smart-tinting window, wants to eliminate pesky blinds, offering a window that can darken to dim incoming sunlight.
The Halio “came out of the need to solve one of the oldest problems in buildings,” vice president of marketing Craig Henricksen told Digital Trends, “which is as soon as you put glass or a window in, suddenly there’s all this light coming in, which we love, we love the views, until that point where it’s too much; too much glare, you can’t do your work.”
Like the thermostat wars, the battle over whether to leave the shades open or closed can be a contentious topic in offices. Some people want to let the sunshine in, others hate the overbearing glare of the sun on their computer screen. Unfortunately, blinds and shutters are generally a binary solution. Halio offers a more nuanced approach, allowing users to adjust the exact amount of light that comes through the glass.
How does it work? Henricksen described the process. “There are two special chemic...
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