In 2017, the first curtain motor compatible with the Xiaomi ecosystem, the Mi Home application, went on sale. After two years, the product was given a new generation. The new version this time is wireless and has a built-in battery that will last for 6 months.
The second generation of intelligent curtain motor from Aqar
The new version is much better in assembly, from now you do not need to have wires / sockets near the curtains. All thanks to the built-in battery that will last for 6 months. This result is possible when the engine will operate 4 times a day, with a screen length of 4 meters at an ambient temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. If you already have a prepared electrical installation, you can power the 230V traditionally and not use the built-in battery.
Aqara's new curtain motor is sure to connect with the Mi Home application. Thanks to that you can create scenes with other Xiaomi devices. If you have an intelligent door handle you can create a scene that the motor will automatically open the curtains as soon as you enter the house. You can also set the curtains to open automatically every day at 8 in the morning, the option is really a lot. It all depends on how many devices we already have and what we need.
In the product description I have not found any information on the integration with HomeKit from Apple. Most likely, owners of home automation in the Dom on iPhone application still need to buy the first generation of the curtain engine which only has a wired version (230V power supply), which is a big minus in my opinion.
A new generation of Aargar curtain engine has been priced at 599 yuan, $ 88. Shipment to first customers will begin on March 15 2019.