SOMA Connect - HomeKit, Google Home, Alexa Shades and Blinds

SOMA Connect


What is SOMA Connect?

SOMA Connect can be used to control the SOMA Smart Shades and the SOMA Tilt devices through your favourite voice assistant or home automation platform.

Raspberry Pi software

The SOMA Connect Raspberry Pi software is available free of charge, download and installation guide can be found here. The software can be run on / is compatible with the following Raspberry Pi hardware:

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W
  • Raspberry Pi Zero WH
  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B V1.2
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 1 GB RAM
  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 2 GB RAM
  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 4 GB RAM
  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 8 GB RAM
  • Raspberry Pi 400 Desktop

In addition to the DIY option of setting up the software with your existing Pi/buying it from your local electronics store, a pre-assembled SOMA Connect software + hardware bundles are available for your convenience:

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W in original white/red plastic case case. Supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi only
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B in a white plastic case. Has a build in ethernet port for wired network connection and supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ in a white plastic case. Has a build in ethernet port for wired network connection and supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi

All the Raspberry Pi bundles also include:

  • Micro-SD card pre-imaged with the latest SOMA Connect software
  • Micro-USB charging cable and a US USB charger with custom heads for UK, EU, and Australia
  • The bundle is provided with the lowest price possible, which covers only the materials and assembly cost

SOMA Connect U1

We are in the process of finalising a new SOMA Connect hub product which has totally custom (non-Raspberry Pi) hardware made completely by SOMA which will have the same functionality as the current Raspberry Pi based model (integrations with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, SmartThings, IFTTT, etc). The SOMA Connect U1 is a USB stick which supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi.

    SOMA Connect features

    • Easy setup through the Smart Shades app
    • Apple Siri integration (uncertified)
      • Use voice commands
        • “Hey Siri, set my blinds to 50%”
        • Hey Siri, open bedroom blinds”
        • Hey Siri, it's time to sleep”
      • Create Automations
        • To open the blinds at sunrise
        • To close the blinds when you leave your home
    • Google Home / Google Assistant integration
      • Use voice commands
        • “Hey Google, set my blinds to 50%”
        • “Hey Google, close bedroom blinds”
      • Create routines
        • To close the shades when you say “Hey Google, it's time to sleep”
        • To open the shades automatically in the morning at 7am
    • Amazon Alexa integration
      • Use voice commands
        • “Alexa, open Bedroom”
        • “Alexa, close Bedroom”
        • “Alexa, set Bedroom to 50”
      • Create routines
        • To open the blinds at sunrise
        • To close the shades when you say “Alexa, movie time!”
    • Samsung SmartThings integration
    • IFTTT integration
    • Home Assistant integration
    • Local HTTP API for DIY integrations

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 153 reviews
    A little to big

    Great product, works just as it should dry easy to set up,
    but it’s just too big

    Ryan Johnson

    SOMA Connect software + hardware bundle

    Jose de Jesus Ramirez Garza
    Manual option to open and close

    The product is great, solar panel option is appreciate, the noise of the motor is aceptable, Good quality of the materials of the product, easy connectivity with Apple homekit, however something that could be nice to have is an option to open and close manually.

    Gregg Hayes
    Very good, but needs official homekit

    This is a very good bundle, and the software works well. It was easy to configure for the most part. It needs a little bit of help with voiceover accessibility for blind folks like me. It also would be excellent (rather than good) if it was officially HomeKit compatible.

    Vladimir CZ

    Little bit noisy.
    Very simple instalation.

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