Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 16, 2011.
About this project
The Tech-Sync Power System controls lighting from iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets by using your home, or office wi-fi.
Using the unique app that will be free to download from the iTunes App Store, and Android Marketplace, you’ll have full control of any lighting plugged into wall outlets by way of a custom built wall outlet that doesn’t use an existing socket, you simply replace the old outlet with the Tech-Sync Power System Wall Outlet. (Available in the US only at this time)
The Tech-Sync Power System Wall Outlet, uses your existing wi-fi to connect to your iOS or Android device. After your connected… Did you forget to turn off the lights in the living room before going to bed? No problem.
Going upstairs to do a little reading before bed, with just a few quick taps, your lights are on on your side of the bed, before you get upstairs. You can dim the lights, or schedule them to dim or increase in brightness by 10% every 30 minutes or every hour to add to your comfort.
The Tech-Sync Power System Wall Outlet. is more than just a little plug in the wall. With it’s ability to connect to your wi-fi, it’ll allow you to control anything plugged into it from your iOS and Android devices via The Tech-Sync Power System App and also from your Mac, Windows, or Linux PC by way of the Tech-Sync Power System Pilot Software.
One of the best features (we think) of the Tech-Sync Power System Wall Outlet, is it’s ability to turn itself off when the outlets aren’t in use. Unlike other outlets in your home, or office, even when you’ve turned your lights, TV’s or computers off, those items have a “vampire” affect to them, still drawing small amounts of current, and driving your power bills up in the process, we’re aiming to help you lower these bills with the Tech-Sync Power System.
With the app on your mobile device or software running on your Mac or PC, you'll be able to monitor in real time, the amount of electricity being used in your home or office. This will allow you to control what's on, and in the end, you'll be able to save money.
If your away from home, using your iOS or Android device, you can turn your lights on, or off while away from home. You can also schedule your lighting to turn on or off at anytime with just a few taps in the app, or a few clicks in the software on your notebook where ever you are that has wi-fi access.
To add to The Tech-Sync Power System's flexibility, we’ve also designed the Tech-Sync Power System Wall Switch. With it, you simply replace your normal wall switches with one of ours, and you’ll have the same control of your lights that are built in. The same app controls it, you have the options of dimmers and timers just like the wall outlet, best of all it’s controlling your existing lighting. All of this working via your home or office wi-fi.
To be clear, with some of the other systems available, you have to install a wireless light switch, and then install a special light outlet that can only be used with that switch. Our system doesn't need that. You once you've installed a Tech-Sync Wall Switch, your up and running, because it uses the wiring and light outlets you already have.
If you look at the cost of installing one of the other home automation systems that are available today, you’ll find that the costs can go up quickly. Usually requiring heavy wiring, and expensive hardware to be installed. With our system, that cost is cut to a small fraction by using your existing wiring, and only needing minimal installation.
Changing to a Tech-Sync Power System Wall Switch, or Tech-Sync Power System Wall Outlet, means you’ll spend minutes, not hours or days installing it. Saving you time, and a good chunk of money. After you’ve installed our hardware, it’s as simple as starting the app on your iOS or Android device, or you desktop or notebook, and the software does the rest. It will automatically detect, identify, and setup each switch or wall outlet in seconds, and then let the fun begin.
What the money is for
All contributions will go toward the costs of finishing the apps for iOS and Android, the PC (Mac, Windows, and Linux) versions has been completed. Also the contributions will go toward manufacturing the Tech-Sync Power System Wall Outlet and Tech-Sync Power System Wall Switch. We have a great team of highly skilled, and motivated engineers from all backgrounds working on this, we also own all of the equipment needed for the manufacturing process. For us the manufacturing process will be fairly easy. We’re using the funding to do a first full run of The Tech-Sync Power System wall outlets and wall switches.
The first production run will be done in 4 colors. (White, Black, Grey, and Sand) We’ve worked really hard to select just the right colors for these units, and we are confident that you’ll love them as much as we do. As time go on, we’re hoping to begin production of these units in more colors, and possibly custom colors.
With the very generous help from the Kickstarter community, we can get these out there, and get them into your homes and offices. We thank you in advance for your support.
The basic idea behind The Tech-Sync Power System
Each wall outlet and wall switch uses the wireless router in your home or office to allow you to control the power. Each unit can work independently from one another, allowing separate control of each unit, making use of the app on your iOS or Android device, or software on your computer, it offers flexibility and control.
The units can be programmed in groups to turn on or off at certain times of day. You’ll even have the ability have one group turn on, or off and stay in that state until you change the programming. Meaning, if you want the lights on 24 hours a day, and someone comes in, flips the switch to turn it off, the lights stay on. It won’t change until that programming is changed in the software.
Each wall switch, and wall outlet, acts as a wireless relay, passing the commands that you send from your wireless device, from switch to switch, or outlet to outlet. We designed it this way for a reason. If your wireless router is on the 3rd floor of your home, and your sending commands from your tablet while your in the basement, because of the distance, you might have a weak signal. The Tech-Sync Power System, bounces those commands from switch to switch and outlet to outlet, quickly to make up for that signal loss. In other words, your never out of range. Neat huh?
Our software can identify usage patterns, and even make suggestions based on those patterns to save you money. At anytime, you can pull up a report from any combination of the outlets and switches and see what your power consumption levels are, and make adjustments yourself, or allow the software to do it for you. For those who can't help but tinker with their electronics, our software is open source, add your own code and have fun with your Tech-Sync Power System.
In just a few words, The Tech-Sync Power System is a fantastic system that we’ve worked on building for the last 2 years. With your help, we can get it out there for everyone to enjoy.
This simple diagram says it best we think.
NOTE ON REWARDS:
The Tech-Sync Power System
We're expecting that by the time we go into production of the first units, our devices will be UL listed.*
If you've chosen a reward that includes a wall outlet, or wall switch. When the funding period closes, you'll be asked to select a color for each unit your getting.
Each unit, will include easy to follow directions for the installation of the wall outlets, and switches.
A DVD with the Mac, Windows, and Linux versions of The Tech-Sync Power System Pilot Software will be included. The open source beta version is also included.
*All wall outlets and wall switches are rated for standard 120V connections. Because of this, The Tech-Sync Power System, is only available in the US at this time.
On expanding the system….. We do plan on expanding the system to include garage doors, appliances, access control, and alarm systems. Those features are currently under development, and we hope to have at least some of them ready by the end of 2011 or early 2012.
On switch and outlet control….In the software or mobile apps, switches can be configured to control one, or multiple outlets. each plug on an outlet can be controlled independently (i.e one always on, and one can be turned off for use of a lamp etc).
On hosting….You don't have to have a computer or other device on to host the controller. In simple terms, each switch or outlet, has a memory, once programmed, your computer, or mobile device can be turned off, or put to sleep.
On security…..Our system uses Wireless G or N, during the setup process, you'll be asked to setup security, either in WEP, WPA, WPA2. In addition to these the switches remember the hardware used to control them. If someone breaks your security, and tries to control the system, you are alerted, and asked to verify the new device attempting control. Also during the setup, our software will walk you through setting up outlets and switches, as the software starts it finds all of our hardware and then sets it up.
On open software…...The software at launch will be sent in two forms, the final closed versions for Mac, Windows, and Linux, and a open source beta version for your programming delight. I'm personally a big fan of open source, and I'm looking forward to seeing what people will do with it.
On wireless range….Our testing has been done in buildings ranging from 1000 sq. to 5500 sq. In our testing we've found that at 5500, the signal loss at that range is plus or minus 8%. We credit this due to our antenna design, which we are proud of.
On router/wifi outage…..In the event of a wifi outage, the outlets, and switches behave like any normal switch or outlet. Once the outlets and switches get signal again, they would resume the programming you gave them.
On photos and videos….. At this time, due to the pending copyright, and patent process, we don't have screen shots of our software, or more photos of our prototypes available yet, also we are working to finish off the UI in our software. Once that has completed, we will be sure to post more photos, videos and screen shots.
Yes. We are working to get our system out to other countries including Japan, U.K, Australia and India. At the moment we are looking at 1 year to get it out to other countries.
No, there is no charge for shipping. We really want to get The Tech-Sync Power System into as many homes and offices as we can. No shipping costs is just one more way of saying thank you.
We are 30 to 60 days away from completing both apps, by the time we start shipping your rewards, the apps will be available for download. We will send an email and post an update to let you know when they are available.
Nope. The only thing you'll need is a screwdriver. (The only other thing you need to know, is how to turn off a breaker in your home)
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