The global Smart Home industry totaled $158 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow to $262.6 billion by 2025. However, RYSE’s segment of the smart home industry is actually still in its infancy. The smart shade market totaled $162 million in 2019 but is projected to grow to nearly Continue Reading

The #1 Reason Smart Shades Are Only In 2% of Homes (…For Now)

Our online equity crowdfunding raise has now been live for over a couple months and we’ve made some great progress thus far. We’re so excited to be building a team of investors and would love for you to join us. Remember – if you invest more than $2,500, you’ll receive Continue Reading

CEO’s Top Reasons To Invest In RYSE

As you’re probably aware, we are currently seeking investors through our online equity crowdfunding campaign. What you probably don’t know is that we already have a pretty substantial team of institutional and angel investors. This team from around the globe has helped our company get to the point it has Continue Reading

Who Are RYSE’s Investors?

So you’ve done some research and decided that you’re ready to invest in putting SmartShade on your window shades. You want the benefits of motorized shades but don’t want to deal with tossing out your perfectly good shades or the traditionally hefty price tag (who wouldn’t!). Of course, the ability Continue Reading

Are Your Windows Ready for SmartShade?

Ultimately, we wanted to make sure our product was easy for everyone to use, which is a key reason why we made the switch from ZigBee to WIFI. This decision has allowed us to create a more user-friendly product that is also easier than ever before to set up.Although ZigBee Continue Reading

Why We Switched From ZigBee To WIFI

What Is A RYSE Pilot Project? Pilot projects are real-world opportunities to experiment with any new idea or approach at a smaller scale to make sure that it is feasible to deploy at a larger scale. For RYSE, pilot projects are currently completely focused on deploying our product in commercial Continue Reading

How (& Why) RYSE Secures Pilot Projects

The team behind RYSE is the same team that brought AXIS Gear to market in 2016. SmartShade is simply the 2nd generation device in our line of smartshades devices, with the first generation version being AXIS Gear. Naturally, it makes sense to wonder how exactly SmartShade sets its self apart Continue Reading

How Is SmartShade Different From AXIS Gear?

Kickstarter is an interesting place. It’s a platform where people from all over the world can come together and decide to fund projects that they think are important or just cool. We chose Kickstarter for our launch because we felt it was the perfect place to raise funds and awareness Continue Reading

Why RYSE Chose To Launch SmartShade on Kickstarter

It’s no secret that there are a few different ways to get motorized blinds or automated shades today. On the one hand, there are the overpriced traditional motorized blinds of the past. On the other is a variety of cheap Chinese knock off retrofit options. With all that choice available Continue Reading

Why Justin M Uses SmartShade After Testing Every Option

Since we launched our equity crowdfunding campaign in March, one of the questions we’ve received a lot is why we aren’t on a platform like WeFunder, StartEngine, or Republic. As you’re probably aware, we’re currently hosting an online raise on our own web domain at When we first looked Continue Reading

Why We’re Hosting Our Raise On Our Own Website

One of the number 1 ways that our customers love to use their automated shades is by using the scheduling feature. Here at RYSE, we are constantly surveying our customers to see what features they like and what features they don’t like. Time and time again, our surveys show us Continue Reading

How Henry B Uses Weekly Schedules to Automate His Shades

When you’re putting together your very own Smart Home, it’s important to have all your devices work together. Communication in the Smart Home space can be a little tricky. There are quite a few different communication protocols without a clear standard (yet). Names like WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee and even Z-Wave, Continue Reading

How Lee R Uses SmartShade and SmartThings to Automate His Home

We’ve received a lot of questions about our equity crowdfunding campaign, which has been live now for a couple months. A lot of these questions have centered around our valuation, so I wanted to put together a blog post where I can take some time to do a deep dive. Continue Reading

Our Valuation & Comparisons in the Smart Home Industry

One of the less talked about benefits of automated shades is how they help you automate and motorize hard to reach window shades. Whether your windows are high up or you have a large couch in the way of your window, automated shades are the perfect way to make sure Continue Reading

How Domonic Uses SmartShade to Automate Hard to Reach Window Shades

One of the main reasons that we chose to launch our product early on Kickstarter was for all the great feedback we knew that we would receive from the passionate community of Kickstarter backers. By engaging with the community, we were able to learn a lot about our customers and Continue Reading

Top 15 Questions About SmartShade

Here at RYSE, we believe that the way we work is just as important as the things we work on. Because the culture at RYSE is everything to us, we made sure to take time to craft the core values that define us. These values not only help guide our Continue Reading

The Core Values That Define RYSE

“I found what appears to be a duplicate or knock-off of your product on, apparently from an offshore seller. How do you plan to protect your company from low-priced knockoffs? What is your competitive advantage?” I get these questions a lot and I absolutely love answering them. First, the Continue Reading

How RYSE Handles Knock-offs & Patents

This is Part 2 of our two part story! A lot of people are asking how we came up with the idea for our company, and what the difference between RYSE and AXIS is. Well, we’re here to share our story of RYSE, how we got started, and what the Continue Reading

Rebrand! From AXIS to RYSE! [Part 2]

Here at RYSE, we think it is important to keep in touch with our customers and know exactly how they are using our products. Quite simply, this allows us to build the best products that we can. One great way we like to keep in touch is by constantly surveying Continue Reading

The #1 Feature RYSE Customers Love: Scheduling

As the world continues to shift towards sustainability and an environmentally-conscious mindset, it’s important that you and your business shifts with it. Not only do you get to experience the endless benefits of making the world a better place, but there is also actually a direct and tangible benefit to Continue Reading

How To Earn LEED Credits with Automated Shades

One thing that is not talked about as often as it should is how a building can actually impact a person’s health and wellbeing. It is for that reason that in 2014, the Well Building Standard was created by the International WELL Building Institute to actually measure that impact. Image: Continue Reading

How Automated Shades Help Meet WELL Standards

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that aims to make sure anyone with disabilities has the same rights and opportunities as those without disabilities by making mandatory requirements for public and private buildings to adhere to. Don’t have time to read the entire ADA document but Continue Reading

How SmartShades Help Buildings Reach ADA Compliance