iOn: Like Magic, Capacitive Control for Your Home
iOn: Like Magic, Capacitive Control for Your Home
iOn gives you cool new ways to control your environment, opens exciting design possibilities--and brings a little magic into your life.
iOn gives you cool new ways to control your environment, opens exciting design possibilities--and brings a little magic into your life. Read more
About this project
What does it do? With its advanced technology, iOn lets you control your electrical and electronic devices with a wave of your hand – or with your smart phone.
How does it work? Just like the screen on your smart phone, iOn is controlled by a capacitive proximity switching system. We just made the capacitive field bigger, increased its range and added some clever features to make it more stable.
So, unlike your smart phone, you don't have to touch the surface of iOn to control your lights or other electrical devices.
You can simply wave your hand near an iOn switch and the capacitive field reacts to turn iOn on or off. Hold your hand inside the field to make your lights dimmer or brighter. Or use your smart phone. Imagine controlling all of your iOn switches from your iPhone or Android smart phone or even from your smart watch.
iOn can replace almost any standard switch in your home. You can install iOn flush on a wall – or invisibly inside a wall, under a desk or table, inside a cabinet, or beside your bed. Because iOn creates an invisible switching field, you don't have to see iOn for it to work, and iOn doesn't have to see you.
WATCH OUR VIDEO – SEE iOn IN ACTION
TURN ALMOST ANYTHING INTO A SWITCH – HOW ABOUT A FISHBOWL?
Mount an iOn switch under a desk, cabinet top or table, and you create a switching field immediately above the surface. You can wave your hand through the field to activate the switch. Or extend the switching field using a whole host of household objects. Just put any conductive object in the field and it becomes your switch. A metal sculpture will work. Or a favorite trophy. Or a metal-framed photo. You can even turn a lamp into its own touch switch. Want to turn a fishbowl into a light switch? Watch our video to see how.
Your IOn switches will enable you to control lighting, fans, pool pumps, electric fireplaces -- or virtually any electrical or electronic devices in your home through an app on your iPhone or Android smart phone. This will give you instant home automation capability – without expensive contracts or monthly service fees .
With your smart phone, you'll be able to set mood lighting for a room – or night lighting down the hall – instantly or by choosing a desired time. You will even be able to create random switching patterns to simulate an occupied house whenever you're away from home.
CONTROL YOUR BEDSIDE LAMP FROM YOUR HEADBOARD
Never fumble for a light switch again. With two iOn switches, conductive strips and lamp controllers, our bed kit lets you turn each side of your headboard into a convenient light switch.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR HOME WITH TOUCH-FREE SWITCHPLATES
You can create an unlimited array of futuristic or highly personalized switchplate designs to fit every décor and personality. Each iOn switch ships with a white ceramic tile switchplate that is easy to customize. But you can also invent your own designs – or even use no switchplates at all.
REDUCE GERMS WITH NO-TOUCH SWITCHING
IOn is more hygienic than standard light switches. According to a University of Arizona study, light switches are among the germiest places in your home and one of the most frequently touched. IOn eliminates this problem.
Because you can control IOn without ever touching the switchplate, your switches stay cleaner and help keep your home or workplace healthier. iOn is ideal for children's rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere else germs can spread. You can reduce the spread of germs in your home or workplace quickly and easily by replacing your conventional switches with touch-free iOn switches.
A COOL GIFT FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
IOn makes a great gift. Be the first to introduce your friends and family to the magic of touch-free switching. iOn is also ideal for the elderly or people with arthritis or limited mobility. iOn's no-touch design makes a great replacement for conventional mechanical switches, especially rotary dimmer-switches.
THOUSANDS OF APPLICATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
Designed to work from 100 to 240 volts, iOn can function all around the world. With thousands of potential applications in healthcare, manufacturing, commercial operations and more, we expect iOn to change the way we control our environment in more than just our homes. You can help make that happen.
THE STORY OF ION
The idea first came to light several years ago when Martin, our inventor and chief engineer was leading the development of a talking book for children. He wanted to detect the child’s finger through the pages of the book and then play a relevant sound or phrase. During the feasibility study, he examined capacitive proximity sensing and found it to be a magical technology that is very stable and predictable.
While experimenting with prototypes, he found multiple ways of projecting the field a reasonable distance from the sensing plate and also found that conductive objects placed in the field would allow a person to trigger the field by touching the conductive object. This first came to light when Martin placed a cup of coffee on his workbench near the sensor. When he touched the liquid with a spoon, the field reacted (hence our fishbowl demonstration).
Building multiple light switches around the concept, he tested them for people’s reactions. People loved them, especially when they were completely hidden from view, either inside a wall or under a table.
While researching Kickstarter as a possible launch platform for a new version of a completely different, but successful product currently in use around the world, our team leader decided it was time to finally launch our capacitive switch, while adding the new twist of wireless smart phone control.
We welcome our Kickstarter backers' support in helping to bring this great idea to life.
WHERE WE'RE AT
We have developed and tested the capacitive field switching to completion and are speaking to a number of manufacturers about joining our sensor to existing wireless home automation systems under our patent to minimize development time.
PRODUCTION & FULFILLMENT PLAN
- Select preferred manufacturing and production partner – 4 weeks
- Software and hardware integration of capacitive switching with existing wireless home automation capabilities – 4 weeks
- Tooling – 8 weeks
- Certification – 8 weeks
- Productions & distribution – 8 weeks
Since most steps in this plan will be conducted concurrently, we are confident, based on more that 20 years' experience manufacturing technology products, that we will meet our fulfillment schedule.
Each iOn switch, except for the "Double Bed" kit below, comes ready for wall installation, including a customizable white ceramic tile switchplate. The "Double Bed Kit" includes wiring to control two table lamps, conductive strips for headboard mounting and installation instructions for bedside or under-table mounting.
$1 – Submit your idea for a unique switchplate design. Designs selected may become part of future product offerings.
$5 – Insider email updates
$40 – Early Bird: 400 iOn switches available.
$45 – One iOn switch.
$55 – Gift Pack: One iOn switch plus special gift box and card signed by the iOn team
$80 – Early Bird Double Bed Kit: 400 kits consisting of two iOn switches and accessories that allow you to control table lamps on both sides of your bed.
$100 – Double Bed Kit: Two iOn switches plus accessories and installation instructions for controlling table lamps on both sides of your bed.
$225 – Designer Switchplates Kit: Five iOn switches, each with a different limited edition printed tile designed by an American artist.
$300 – Early Bird Whole House Kit: 200 kits containing ten iOn switches with ten individual limited edition printed tiles by American artists. Each tile is different. This collection of unique switchplate designs will add style and elegance to any décor.
$400 – Whole House Kit: Ten iOn switches with ten individual limited edition printed tiles by American artists. Each tile is different. This collection of unique switchplate designs will add style and elegance to any décor.
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Risks and challenges
We have confidence in our technology and our amazing team, but there are still unforeseeable factors that we cannot control. Lead times for components can vary, and we must pass a number of certifications in order to ship these devices. We have extensively pre-tested our components, but there may be delays in obtaining device certification from the controlling regulatory bodies. We have planned our project to minimize these risks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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