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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 9 2014
Last updated November 9, 2014

Bluetooth Remote Controlled Wall Switch Plate (Canceled)

Revolutionary Motor Actuated Switch Plate allows you to remotely control your existing wall switch from any BLE 4.0 enabled smartphone

Bluetooth Remote Controlled Wall Switch Plate (Canceled)

Revolutionary Motor Actuated Switch Plate allows you to remotely control your existing wall switch from any BLE 4.0 enabled smartphone

$274
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 9 2014
Last updated November 9, 2014

About

A Completely New Type of Switch Plate

Meet ActuSwitch, the first product of its kind.  Competitively priced, easy to install, this innovative design provides the incredible convenience of controlling anything powered from a conventional wall switch directly from your Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled smart phone.  The motorized actuator gently turns the switch on and off, always returning to the center position so the switch can be operated manually.  Works with iPhones 4s and later, iPad (3rd gen & 4th gen), iPad Mini and Android Devices with BLE 4.0.

Simple, Effective, and Affordable

The Hometronx ActuSwitch controls your existing wall switches without the need for expensive and difficult to install home automation hubs or gateways.  Your BLE enabled Smart Phone communicates directly with the ActuSwitch.  And best of all, you can install it yourself.   It installs over your existing Decor style switches and provides immediate remote control capability.  We’ve created a connected device that not only controls things such as your lights and fans, but creates a completely new user experience.

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Easy to Install

Very easy to install – Simply remove your old switch plate cover and install the battery powered ActuSwitch module over any single Decor style switch (No wiring required). Pair with your smartphone and you’re ready to go.  Once installed, your switch will operate manually just like before, but now includes the great new features and benefits of the new remote controlled wall switch.

ActuSwitch Installation
ActuSwitch Installation
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Intuitive App

The ActuSwitch connects directly to your Iphone or Android device with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).  The initial setup of the wall switch is as easy as installing the App and pairing the device with your smartphone and assigning the new ActuSwitch a name.  To control the switch, you simply launch the app which features an intuitive, multi-touch, touch pad interface and tap On or Off to remotely control your devices.

Intuitive App
Intuitive App

Works like a Standard Wall Switch 

After installation, the wall switch will still function manually – exactly as before if desired.

Manual Operation
Manual Operation

Home Security

Never come home to a dark house again. Turn on the lights from your driveway while getting out of your car, or from bed for the kitchen. Worried at night and hearing strange noises? One button will turn on your lights easily and safely. Data shows that the number one deterrent to crime at night is lighting.

Home Security
Home Security

Not Just for Lights

  

This ActuSwitch isn't just for lights. It can control fans, switched outlets, and more.  Anything that is operated by your Decor style wall switch can be controlled with the Hometronx ActuSwitch

Works on any Decor' wall switch
Works on any Decor' wall switch

Scheduling Feature

Allows you to set up a lighting schedule to automatically turn on-off at predetermined times, thereby providing the appearance of someone occupying the premises for additional security.

Scheduling Input Screen
Scheduling Input Screen

Battery Powered 

No wiring required - easy installation.  Battery life expected to be approximately 1 year.

Front and Rear Views
Front and Rear Views

 2-Switch and 3-Switch Versions

Multi-Switch versions are In development.  Your support in this campaign will allow us to develop the multi-switch designs.
2-switch and 3-switch Designs
2-switch and 3-switch Designs

Specifications:

  • Size:  3.1" x 6.0" x 0.72"
  • Battery Life:  Approximately 1 year
  • Range:  Approximately 50 feet (depending upon location)
  • Battery:  3 x AAA (not included)
  • Installation: 2 screws (no wiring required)
  • Patent Pending

Use of Funds

We have finalized the design for the housing, the electronics and the iPhone app and have identified a low-cost manufacturing partner. However, we still need your help to bring it to market.The funds received in this Kickstarter campaign will allow us to finalize the tooling, obtain the appropriate safety certifications and develop our next generation of products, including a 2 switch and 3 switch version.

Timeline

The tooling should be finalized approximately 45 days after the Kickstarter campaign ends. The certifications should be completed approximately 15 to 30 days after that. Production will begin immediately thereafter.  Thus, our initial ActuSwitches are expected to ship in February 2015.

Risks and challenges

Every Kickstarter project has some level of inherent risk. However, we have years of product development and manufacturing experience and have worked hard to try and minimize the risk.

The plastic housing design is complete and has been tested using 3d printed parts and works great. The Bluetooth electronic circuit board design and Apple App are complete as well and were fully demonstrated in the video. An Android app is in the works. Key components such as the gear motor and Bluetooth IC have been sourced and are ready when production begins.

A manufacturer for the plastic parts and tooling has been identified and is ready to open tooling upon successful completion of this Kickstarter campaign. FCC and safety certifications will still need to be initiated upon completion of the campaign and could cause delays in delivery. However, we are using an industry standard Bluetooth IC to make the certification quicker.

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    EVERY BIT HELPS: A big thank you from the HometronX team for your support.

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    SUPER EARLY BACKER: Be the first to get your very own ActuSwitch for $26. That’s $19 off the expected retail price of $45! FREE SHIPPING in the US!

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    EARLY BACKER: Maybe you didn't get in on the $26 deal, no problem! Get your very own ActuSwitch for $32. $13 off the expected retail price of $45! FREE SHIPPING in the US!

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    Thanks for your support. Get your very own ActuSwitch for $37. $8 off the expected retail price of $45! FREE SHIPPING in the US!

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    ActuSwitch 2 pack: Buy two ActuSwitches for just $60. $30 off the expected retail price! FREE SHIPPING in the US!

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