SwitchBot has caught my attention ever since I discovered their button pusher in 2020, which I connected to HomeKit using HOOBS/Homebridge. They offer unique smart home products that I have enjoyed using throughout the years. Today, they have introduced the new SwitchBot Curtain 3 with Matter support. HomeKit Weekly is a series that focuses on smart home accessories, home automation tips and tricks, and everything related to Apple's smart home framework. In 2019, SwitchBot released the original SwitchBot curtain, which simplified the installation of motorized curtains without the need for tools, wiring, or track switching. It allowed users to transform their regular curtains into smart curtains in seconds. Now, with the release of the SwitchBot Curtain 3, significant improvements have been made to both its design and functionality. The new model is stronger and quieter, and its battery has an unlimited lifespan thanks to a new solar panel. What sets the SwitchBot Curtain 3 apart? One of the most noticeable improvements in the latest Curtain 3 is its impressive increase in physical strength. It is also quieter compared to its predecessor. The SwitchBot Curtain 3 comes with a powerful built-in motor and reduction gear set, offering a maximum thrust of up to 36 pounds. This makes it twice as strong as the previous model, the SwitchBot Curtain 2. One of the key features of this release is its Matter support. This is particularly important for Apple users, as it allows easy integration with HomeKit. With the SwitchBot Curtain 3 in HomeKit, users can open and close their curtains using their iPhone, Apple Watch, or HomePod. They can also set up automations to automate the curtain movements at specific times of the day or in conjunction with other smart accessories. Personally, I plan to use it with the curtains in my bedroom and automatically close them every night at sunset, with the intention of opening them around 9am. Despite its weight limit of 36 kilos, it can easily move even the heaviest curtains, thanks to its robust design. It is worth noting that Matter support requires a SwitchBot hub. Outside of Matter support, users can also control the SwitchBot Curtain 3 using the SwitchBot app, as long as they have a SwitchBot hub. The battery life of the curtain lasts about eight months without using the solar panel, and it can be conveniently charged via USB-C. Although I have just received these curtain rods and have yet to use them extensively for a review, I am looking forward to doing so in the coming weeks. I love products that allow me to fully automate tasks I perform daily, such as opening my curtains. The addition of Matter support makes it even better. With its DynamiClamp™ structure, the SwitchBot Curtain 3 is now compatible with 99% of mainstream curtain tracks on the market, including R-type, U-type, I-type, and telescopic rods. For compatibility verification, users can check the official website. The SwitchBot Curtain 3 is available for purchase on Amazon or directly from SwitchBot, with a price tag of less than $100. Additionally, I also plan to regularly use the SwitchBot remote. It is important to remember that Matter support requires a SwitchBot hub. Users can apply the code MQ10CURTAIN3 on Amazon to enjoy a 10% discount on these items until 11/30/2023. Other SwitchBot products that support Matter via the SwitchBot Hub include the door sensor, motion sensor, button pusher, door lock, and blind tilt. Please note that we use monetized auto-affiliate links.
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