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Qmote is a one-click remote for your smartphone

Qmote is an intuitive, single-button remote control which lets you perform actions on your phone, even when it’s out of reach.

From your television to your fireplace, it seems like just about everything is remote-controlled in today’s constantly-connected world. So why not your smartphone, too? That’s what this guitar pick-like product is aspiring to do. Created by the Qblinks crew, Qmote is a single-button control to help users perform a variety of actions on their mobile device, particularly when it’s out of reach.


Think of when you’re driving and need to start navigation, or when your alarm sounds in the morning and you don’t want to fumble around for your phone to shut it off. Now, Qmote is giving users quick and easy access to the most common functions they perform daily.

“It is estimated that in today’s society, each person pulls their phone out of their pocket at least 150 times per day. We use so many apps and are always digging around for when we need to just do one simple thing like make a phone call,” explained Qblinks Co-Founder Samson Chen. “With Qmote, you can create your own sequence that makes interactions with your smartphone and smart home more convenient, ensuring that you’re easily accessing what matters the most to you.”


The smart remote connects to your mobile device through an app via Bluetooth Smart. You can program Qmote with up to 10 different actions for specific click patterns, something that can come in handy for smart home applications, including Nest, WeMo and Hue. For instance, one click to turn your lights on, or two clicks to play a file from your music library. Needless to say, the multifunctional Qmote will remove the hassle of having to look for a phone and search through a myriad of apps.

Designed with mobility in mind, Qmote can link to keychains to use on-the-go or affix to flat surfaces for more permanent access. With a brushed metal exterior that is water-resistant, the tiny yet sleek device maintains functionality in any environment — whether indoors or out in the rain.


As seen with a number of other smart gadgets, Qmote integrates entirely with IFTTT. What this means is that users can now access an assortment of channels and set up various actions based purely on their own desires and routines. Firmware updates for the all-in-one button will be sent over-the-air to compatible with smartphones including iPhone 4S or later, iPad 3 or later, and Android devices on 4.4 and above.

What’s more, Qblinks designed their gadget with Makers in mind. “As such, we want to equip you with the capability to explore what you can do with it. The Qmote Maker’s Module has all the functionality of a standard Qmote device, with the added feature of enhanced control input via UART with AT commands. The Maker’s Module works with the same app and is also fully integrated with IFTTT,” the company writes. “With UART, Qmote functions easily in conjunction with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or any other development board. Without any knowledge of Firmware or app programming, you can easily send messages regarding your project to any IFTTT-enabled Internet platform.”


Interested in learning more? You can head over to its Kickstarter page, where the team is currently seeking $20,000. looking to raise $20,000 USD for production on Kickstarter. If all goes to plan, shipping is slated for May 2015.

SPIN remote is the simplest remote you will ever need

This smart knob wants to bring simplicity to your device-filled world.

Did you know that the average household has three remote controls lying around the living room, with about 40 buttons on each? That’s 120 buttons in total — quite a bit if you ask us. Well, a Netherlands-based team of Makers has set out to simplify the way in which you interact with the world around you starting with the remote control.


“Over time more and more technology has found its way into the living room. The once simple task of watching TV has become a joint effort of our HD television, our interactive set-top box and our AV receiver. While those devices kept getting smarter, the remote control has stayed the same ever since the introduction of infrared technology in 1980. It never evolved into something more than a plastic box with buttons, we just ended up with more buttons,” the team writes.


From turning on your lights to changing radio stations, SPIN remote is the only device you will ever need in the era of constant connectivity. While it may not eliminate buttons altogether, it does converge the ones that you really use. And, with over 120, that can surely come in handy!

The smart gadget is packed with a number of components including an Atmel | SMART SAM D20, along with a capacitive touchpad, 360° infrared LEDs, a low energy Bluetooth module, color LEDs, motion sensors and a buzzer, all enclosed in a shockproof metal casing. Its embedded series of sensors enable the remote to detect motion, rotation, orientation, touch and even proximity. Imagine how easy it’ll be to change the TV channel by merely turning a dial.


“Your SPIN remote knows how you are holding it (straight, sideways or upside down), how you are rotating it (clockwise or counter clockwise) and how fast you are rotating. All of this information is analyzed by our innovative software in realtime, allowing SPIN remote to seamlessly transform rotation into commands.”

This compact and convenient device can easily be customized using its companion app as well. The app, which is for both iOS and Android, takes a user through the setup process in a matter of a few steps. All a user must do is select the function he or she wants to add, then press the button on their old-school remote control and presto! Those looking for more functionality can use the app to create their own presets, add new devices, customize the touchpad and combine function with rotation to fit their needs and desires.


Not only does it have brains, it’s beautiful as well. Users can choose from a variety of different shells for their personal SPIN remote, including aluminum, brass, and our favorite, the Kickstarter special.

Those wishing to have the simplest remote ever can head over to the project’s official Kickstarter page, where team has already successfully achieved its €100,000 goal. A smart world calls for a smart remote!