SOMA Smart Shades turns the existing shades in your home into smart shades with no screws and no additional wiring. These Bluetooth based controllers are battery operated, can be either USB charged or solar panel charged and provide you with the ability to move your shades up, down, stop or to a specific level. It is compatible with chain based shading solutions and also tilt (rod) based solutions. As such it can be easily retrofit into existing homes at an extremely affordable price.
- Bi-directional control and feedback via local API
- Import of all soma shades (including tilt)
- Up / Down / Stop / Level based commands
- Position feedback
- Battery level feedback
Can you give us some usage examples?
Automate existing shades in the home without additional wiring at an extremely affordable price!
Program shades to open in the morning and close at night
Program shades to close when you arm the home
Program shades to close when you start up your movie
Where can i purchase these devices from?
Soma is available for international purchase from their website
Alternatively if you are in Australia you can purchase it from our friends at OzSmartThings
How long does it take to charge via USB?
The full charge takes up to 10 hours and the battery will last up to 25 days on a single charge, depending on the number of triggers and manipulations with the device.
What about charging via solar panel?
Solar panel is expected to be connected to the device constantly and it does not charge the device fully to 100%.
Plug in the charging cables audio jack, see detailed instructions
The protective film needs to be removed from the solar panel
The panel has to be attached to the window glass facing outdoors
The panel does not work or has limited effectiveness with the following types of windows
Frosted glass windows
Windows with spectrally selective glazing
Windows with tinted, coated or reflective glasses
Triple pane windows
Make sure that the solar panel is fully open to the sunlight and that it is not covered even partly by physical items or that it is not partly covered by shadow (for example shadows might be caused by nearby buildings or trees)
Check the Charging Level. In the Smart Shades app > Device Settings > Troubleshooting > Charging Level. The Charging Level changes according to the light entering the panel. Move the panel to find the best position for it
Make sure that you have the latest firmware installed to see this option in the settings. See .
The panel may have limited effectiveness if attached to the windows facing north
The panel may have limited effectiveness during certain seasons in certain geographical locations
Use USB charger during these periods
How do we know when the battery level is low?
The battery level can be checked via the Soma Smart Shades app. The driver also pulls in the battery level information as a variable. As such you can program against the battery level. We highly recommend you add a push notification to advise the home owner when the battery level is low.
Do you offer any other cool drivers?
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Do you offer showroom discounts?
We offer dealers a free showroom licence for demonstration and educational purposes. See link below for T&C's and signup procedure.
I want to try this driver out before buying it?
All Chowmain drivers for ELAN come with a 90 day trial. Just add the driverCentral licencing driver and this driver and you're good to go. No registration required.
Do you offer other drivers?
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Version 1.0.2 - 27-JUL-2023
- Added support for USB Bridge
Version 1.0.0 - 23-AUG-2021
- Initial Release