Motorization for window coverings has been around for decades. What's new is that the motors are less expensive, more reliable and easier to install. It's also possible to control the operation of your shades with your other devices and not just the remote. The motors we installed in the 90's were often as big as a water cooler and required a separate closet to house them. With battery options that eliminate the need for hard wiring, more customers are opting for the convenience of motorization. Adding motorization may seem expensive, as it can easily cost $250- $2,000 more per window, but I have never had a client tell me that they regretted investing in the upgrade. That said, it is critical to consider this option in advance because it is much more costly to retrofit and add a motor later.