Blinds (also called mini-blinds or Venetian blinds) were invented in 1794 & have their name for their ability to exclude light.
Home automation is the residential extension of building automation. It is automation of the home, housework or household activity. Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, security locks of gates and doors and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. Home automation for the elderly and disabled can provide increased quality of life for persons who might otherwise require caregivers or institutional care.
The popularity of home automation has been increasing greatly in recent years due to much higher affordability and simplicity through smartphone and tablet connectivity. The concept of the "Internet of Things" has tied in closely with the popularization of home automation.
A window blind is a type of window covering. There are many different kinds of window blinds, using different systems and materials. A typical window blind is made with slats of fabric, wood, plastic or metal that adjust by rotating from an open position to a closed position by allowing slats to overlap. There are also window blinds that use a single piece of material instead of slats.
A window blind is also known as a window shade.
A mini blind is a type of horizontal window blind made of long, narrow slats held together by string. Its slats are less than half the width of a regular venetian blind, and are usually made of aluminium, measuring 15mm or 25mm. The slats are opened and closed by rotating a rod or by directly pulling a string, and they are raised and lowered by pulling other strings.
In the United Kingdom the term "venetian blind" also covers mini blinds.
Hillarys Blinds is a retailer and manufacturer of made-to-measure blinds, curtains, shutters and awnings. It sells via a network of approximately 850 self employed advisors throughout the UK. The company’s head office is in Nottingham, while manufacturing facilities are located in Nottingham and Washington, Tyne and Wear. Approximately 1000 people are employed by the company in roles including sales and marketing, ICT, customer services, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.