Bond Home has launched two keypads for home tech professionals: Sidekick for Shades and Sidekick Scene.
Sidekick for Shades ($79 MSRP) is the only (according to the company) universal remote capable of operating window shades and awnings that utilize Rollease, Somfy, Dooya, Nice, and AMP motors. Sidekick’s 5-channel buttons can be programmed for individual or batch control. And no bridge or cabling is required — battery-powered, the keypad mounts flush on the wall or electrical control box. A matching white decora faceplate is included.
If integrated with the Bond Bridge Pro RF-to-WiFi device control hub ($379), the keypad gains increased functionality. This includes expanded range (3500 square feet) plus now the Bond Home App and automation system can depict the shade’s status (i.e., open or closed).
Sidekick Scene Keypad ($79 MSRP) is an eight-button fully programmable keypad. Working in concert with the Bond Bridge Pro and Control4 and ELAN automation systems (soon RTI and URC), the keypad triggers shades, entertainment, HVAC, lighting, and more.
Following the launch of Bond Bridge (2018) and Bond Bridge Pro (2021), the Sidekicks are the latest from Bond Home and further extend the capabilities of the Bond Bridge Pro. Completely wireless, the keypads are powered by a replaceable coin-cell battery. Both keypads are shipping now, but the Scene Keypad is only available bundled with the Bond Bridge Pro device hub Custom button engraving is also available.
For more information, visit www.bondhome.io.