Do you have a south-facing window and want to save money on cooling?
Do you know someone who is disabled and has difficulty moving around?
Do you ever want instant privacy in your home?
Do you hate when people look into your home at night?
Do you wish people couldn't tell when you were on vacation?
The MorningRod will help with all of that. It is a smart curtain rod that automatically opens and closes your curtains for you.
The design is very modern, attractive, looks great in any home and uses off-the-shelf curtains with grommets that can be purchased for $18 on Amazon.
It will open all your home curtains every morning, letting light into your home and waking you up.
Use Alexa, and it will close your curtains in 5 seconds whenever you need instant privacy.
It figures out the exact sunrise and sunset time of each day and keeps your curtains closed when it gets dark, no matter what time it is.
It will change your life.
How It Works
Watch this video to see it best
The right side of the MorningRod contains the NEMA 17 motor and electronics (ESP32 with Trinamic TMC5130 motor driver)
Power from the motor is transferred via a belt to the centerpiece. This causes the right gear to turn the left gear. The left gear then turns the left belt.
Both belts are connected to a carriage which moves your curtains back and forth
The left side uses an idler pulley and is very simple.
What curtains does it require?
You need to use curtains with grommets.
The maximum window opening is 70" and the stack on both sides is 9" when the curtains are opened. That is why at least 10" of space on each side of your window is required.
To determine the width of curtains required, you can use this calculator in the middle of our kit page.
Then head over to Wayfair and find the curtains AT LEAST as wide as the ones required by using this link. Just select the "width" option like in the image below.
How to build it
In order to build this, you need to purchase additional hardware. It will cost a significant amount of money to individually source each screw, belt, and piece.
That is why I've created a kit that includes everything you need to build this.
This kit isn't some toy, it uses very advances motors, drivers, and hardware. It also looks very modern and sleek and only takes 1 hour to assemble.
The MorningRod uses the same motor and electronics that extremely advanced robotics do. By assembling your own, you will learn more about motion control devices. I am also putting together a motion control course so you can build more things based on the MorningRod design.
In addition, the firmware is completely open sourced and will allow you to modify it and even switch to different platforms like ESPHome or OpenHab if you don't like the custom app we've built for this.
This kit is priced as low as possible to make it as affordable as possible. If you look at the IndieGoGo "Slide" (a similar smart curtain device), it costs $259 for 1 motor. You need to purchase 2 of them plus a curtain rod for around $40. That's $558 just for 1 window!
The MorningRod is much much more affordable than that.
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