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Bond Unveils Gen2 Sidekick for Shades Keypad at International Window Covering Expo 2023

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Muto Communications

IWCE 2023, April 19-21, 2023

Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC

Bond Unveils Gen2 Sidekick for Shades Keypad at International Window Covering Expo 2023

The Gen2 Sidekick for Shades is truly the industry’s only universal remote control for shades, screens, and awnings. It delivers on a multitude of capabilities, and requires no planning or wiring whatsoever, making it a ‘no-brainer’ for installers to use on every past and present job,” says Bond CEO Zohar Shinar.

Charlotte, NC – April 19, 2023 – At the IWCE Expo (booth #316) Bond will unveil its Gen2 SideKick for Shades wireless keypad ($99). Offering greater functionality than its predecessor, Gen2 ships with a pre-installed 5-channel keypad plus an optional 1-channel keypad and works with more shade motors. Gen2 Sidekick for Shades is a completely wireless, battery-powered keypad that mounts flush on the wall or electrical box and provides direct individual and group remote-control of motorized shades, screens, and awnings. The keypad now controls motors by Somfy RTS, Rollease ARC, Coulisse/Motion Blinds, PowerShades, Progressive Screens, Dooya, A-OK, Nice, Gaposa and AMP Motorization.

The Gen2 Sidekick for Shades can also integrate with the Bond Bridge Pro RF-to-WiFi device hub ($379). In this configuration Sidekick’s range expands from 2,000 sq ft. to Bond Bridge Pro’s 3,500 sq. ft., plus now the Bond Home App and home’s automation system can depict the shade’s status (i.e., opening, closing, stopping) – a great fail-safe feature. And because the keypad pairs and communicates directly with the shades via RF, should WiFi in the home get disrupted, the shades can still be operated.

Gen2 Sidekick for Shades is capable of more than shade and screen control. Fully programmable, when integrated with the Bond Bridge Pro and any of a Control4, Elan, RTI or URC automation system, the keypad can trigger events within entertainment, HVAC, lighting systems and more, enabling the user to set scenes in the home based on mood, time of day/night, sunrise or sunset, etc.

Included with Gen2 Sidekick for Shades is a decora wall plate (mounts flush on wall or electrical box) and a replaceable 10-year coin cell battery. Gen2 Sidekick begins shipping soon. Watch the Bond Home website for more details.

Media Inquiries For all Olibra/Bond Bridge media inquiries please contact Muto Communications PR agency: Paul Muto:, 516.662.5374 Richard Frank:, 949.637.0700

About Olibra Launched in 2016, Olibra is a technology company dedicated to making the smart home easier to create, simpler to use and more delightful to live with. The company’s Bond Bridge Platform launched in 2018 as a solution to bridge RF to Wi-Fi control of motorized window shades, ceiling fans and fireplaces via Smartphones and tablets including compatibility with popular Voice Activation apps. The Bond Bridge Pro launched in 2021, with expanded range and capability, ideal for custom integrators. The Bond Sidekick for Shades and Sidekick Scene Control keypads launched to fanfare at 2022 CEDIA Expo. Twitter: @Bond4Home



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