SONTE Wants You To Be a Part of the (Wi-Fi) Film Industry
I first became aware of SONTE during a hasty, random walk through the 2013 CES Eureka Park Tech Zone. After the many months since, I still think it was one of the most exciting and promising things I saw at CES. Of course, it wasn’t a finished product then – and still isn’t. There were several improvements I’d like to see (or not to see, as the case may be). First of all, with the film applied to the glass, there is a slight transmission loss in the light passing through. Second, the opaqueness of the film isn’t 100 percent when in its non-transparent state. Finally, at the moment, transparency is either on or off. The level of opacity is not variable. None of those issues, however, would hold me back from using SONTE’s Wi-Fi-enabled film on many of the windows in my home. I can see it being especially useful on my sliding glass patio doors, as well as the windows in my home theater room. (One of the cooler aspects of SONTE’s film is that it can be cut to fit any size or shape and multiple film sections can be electrically linked to operate on larger windows as one large film.)
While exact pricing wasn’t (and still hasn’t) been announced, SONTE’s intention is to create a DIY product, with all that entails, including affordability. On April 18th, SONTE launched a Kickstarter project to fund full-scale production and a market launch. According to SONTE’s Kickstarter page:
Our reason for starting this project is simple: curtains have been around for thousands of years without much improvement. There are some nice ideas like motorized shades or smart glass, however, take up of these products have been very low due to their high cost and complex installation. With SONTE Film, we want to revolutionize the industry of windows and curtains. Our goal is to make an expensive technology affordable for everyone.
Since I don’t have any personal experience with the SONTE crew other than my ten-minute conversation with Bernard Kwan, SONTE’s co-founder, I can’t vouch for and endorse the management/development team. All I can do is say that I hope the project succeeds, because I think it’s a fantastic idea. And, although I didn’t know it before CES, I have a couple of windows that have been crying out for a smart-film window treatment…