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TOG: The Ultra-Small Bluetooth and capacitive enabled Button

Remotely control Bluetooth enabled devices such as smart phones, laptops, lights, locks and much more.

TOG: The Ultra-Small Bluetooth and capacitive enabled Button

Remotely control Bluetooth enabled devices such as smart phones, laptops, lights, locks and much more.

$5,406
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
141
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 5 2015 9:42 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated February 5, 2015

About

 Tog can remotely control Bluetooth enabled devices such as smart phones, laptops, lights, locks and much more. When you press Tog it will wake up and communicate with your phone to execute pre-assigned actions. Tog ships with the ability to activate Siri/Google or take a picture on your smart phone with no apps required. Additionally, you may configure it to control or mute your music. The Tog design is open source so it can be modified to do whatever fits you.

*Compatibility: iPhone 4s and newer.  iPad 3rd generation and newer.  Android devices with 4.3 and newer.  Computers with Bluetooth 4.0.
*Compatibility: iPhone 4s and newer. iPad 3rd generation and newer. Android devices with 4.3 and newer. Computers with Bluetooth 4.0.

Tog Base

The Tog base module contains a densely packed PCB assembly, battery, and modular expansion bus in a ultra-small plastic enclosure. The base module can operate standalone with no additional components required. The front of the Tog enclosure is transparent to allow the internal LED to be visible and allow the optical sensor to detect button presses.

TogMod Expansion modules

TogMods are magnetically attached modules that extend the functionality of Tog.  Simply click them together, no screws are necessary. Polarized magnets and alignment features ensure you can only assemble them right way.  All connections are made between the modules with six spring pins to ensure long life and ease of use. 

Frame TogMod 

Simply stick the frame on any surface with the double sided tape and magnetically attach Tog to keep it in easy reach when its needed.

Keyring TogMod 

Use your Tog on the go!  Great for making sure your Tog isn't lost or left behind.

IR TogMod

Do you ever search for the remote to turn off the TV or other device? Tog enables your previously IR deficient iPhone to do just that. Replace those bulky remotes and step into the 21st century.  We will have an example iOS infrared remote app upon shipping. Use the Frame Togmod to attach the Tog and IR TogMod  over your TV's IR port. 

Header TogMod 

Use Tog on your own projects with the Header TogMod.  Just place the included 5-pin header into your breadboard and tinker away.  Connect 1.8V-5V power and you will have a simple bluetooth to serial converter. Select between RX/TX,  I2C SCL/SDA, or SWD/SWCLK using the SEL pin. 

USB TogMod 

Use the USB TogMod to connect Tog to a PC and customize Tog to fit your needs. The USB TogMod can power Tog and provide a means to program Tog without any additional programming devices. 

  • Completely open source hardware and software.*
  • Proximity sensing button. 
  • Bluetooth 4.0 low energy. 
  • RGB led with ambient light brightness control. 
  • Accelerometer for advanced power saving functionality.
  • Serial bootloader - burn new firmware via the serial port pins.
  • Over the air firmware updates. (stretch goal - see below) 
  • User replaceable internal CR1220 battery. 
  • Power Pins: Configurable internal/external power.
  • Output Pins: TTL serial (RX/TX) or I2C (SCL/SDA) or dual GPIO.
  • Modular design - add TogMods to extend functionality.
  • Shipping units will be fully FCC/CE tested.
  • Example iOS app and application code included. 
  • Extremely small size: 0.63" x 0.63" x 0.21"  

* All design files will be released upon shipping. Contact us to get early developer access. 

We have been working on the Tog for over a year and a half. There have been two revisions to the design and we have progressively reduced size & cost while adding as much functionality as possible.  We currently have working prototypes of the V2 Tog base and are in the process of finalizing the the first IR TogMod. 

Progression of PCB design, V3 is the shipping version
Progression of PCB design, V3 is the shipping version
Prototype V1 PCBs, 35mm x 35mm
Prototype V1 PCBs, 35mm x 35mm
Prototype V2 PCB shown with CR2032 battery, 17.5mm x 17.5mm
Prototype V2 PCB shown with CR2032 battery, 17.5mm x 17.5mm
Tog prototype with Keychain TogMod
Tog prototype with Keychain TogMod
Prototype Housing
Prototype Housing
                                    

We have extensive experience in manufacturing small electronic and mechanical devices. In order to hit the price points where we are offering Tog, we need to manufacture on a large scale. Here is our conservative manufacturing schedule.

Tog is being manufactured and will ship from Valencia, California in the USA.  The reward tiers above do not include the cost of shipping, customs fees, duties and/or taxes you may incur when importing products into your state or country. We will not pay these fees for you. All rewards will be shipped via USPS and do not include tracking.

Risks and challenges

There are always challenges in manufacturing and delivering any hardware product. Mass manufacturing isn't the same as prototype development; besides making Tog work, we have to make sure they are reliable, and that they can be manufactured in large volumes.

We have established relationships with manufacturing partners in the US for plastics and diecast molding as well as PCB assembly.

Of course, there are still risks associated with producing Tog. Unexpected changes in component lead times, tooling, and other unexpected costs are examples of factors outside our direct control that could affect our delivery timeline, we are working hard to mitigate those risks and plan to be transparent throughout the delivery process.

The other risk with this involves physical delivery. There are a number of unforeseen circumstances that can cause problems during the actual physical shipping of Tog. We plan to work with proven companies to help ensure that Tog arrives at the delivery destination. Unforeseen circumstances can sometimes impact the shipping world, we will have methods and resources in place to overcome any difficulties.

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