This project is not only for the lazy, but also those who may not be able to manually operate a blinds system. Perhaps the rod to open the slats is behind some furniture? I am aiming to have two separate devices that can work together to control a blind set. One device that can operate the slat opening rod and a separate device for lifting up blinds and showing the window. Everything is connected to the internet these days so why not your blinds? I am also going to add an IR receiver for those in the world without a smartphone/tablet but still have a TV. Allow the ability to teach the device a button on a TV remote that doesn't actually do anything on the TV. There seems to be some of those on a remote.