Touch based Switches & Dimmers with connectivity using WiFi /Z-wave /Zigbee. Intelligent, Elegant, Solid state switches Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 14, 2013.
About this project
Update: Backers are free to choose between Wifi or Zigbee or Z-wave based switches and dimmers, depending on their home gateways / router.
Electric Switches have remained the same for more than a century. We have reinvented the electric switch with an Intuitive Interface, Connectivity and Intelligent features. We are pleased to launch the next generation Touch switches and Dimmers with Connectivity here.
All our products have:
- An Elegant Glass Touch Interface
- Wide range of intuitive, back lit icons
- Exquisite Design
- Customizable Colors and Faceplates
- Feature Loaded switches with or without Connectivity
- Wide range of connectivity options
- Control and Monitor from anywhere using a user friendly and free to use smart phone app
- All Switches & Dimmers Work from 100 V to 240 V / 50 or 60 Hertz
We are working on a couple of wireless sensor projects for building automation and were exploring opportunities to incorporate more and more of the wireless radios. Around the same time my 3 year old daughter was just learning to switch on / off the TV, Lights etc and would jump at any opportunity to use the switches. Although out of her reach and done under careful supervision we never felt safe about a child using the conventional switch. When the two problems were merged together we found that there was a great opportunity to develop an Ultra safe Switch, which is also Remotely operable and to top it we decided to incorporate the Best in class User Interface. Thus the Touch based Switch with Connectivity - Adora Touch was born.
Please check out our switches and dimmers below
- Touch to switch On / Off
- Back light indicates the status of the switch
- Can be used to control Bulbs/ Fans and other electrical devices
- Programmable On time
- Automatically switches off after elapsed time
- Audio & visual indication before switching off
- Works like a push button
- On when touched / Off when released
- Ideal for Door Bell
- Icon of a Bell to indicate functionality
Light Sensor Switch:
- Continuously measures ambient light using a built-in light sensor
- Switches On when dark
- Switches off when light comes up
- Unique Algorithm offers accurate performance
- Saves Energy
Motion Sensor Switch:
- PIR based Motion and acoustic sensor
- Detects motion and presence
- Switches on when both Motion & Presence are detected
- Manually bypass detection if required
- Slide your finger across the wheel to adjust dimming level
- Visually indicates the proportionate dimming level
- Can control dimmable bulbs and fans
- Elegant User Interface
- Slide your finger from the bottom to the top to change dimming level
- Visually indicates the proportionate dimming level
- Can control dimmable bulbs and fans
- Elegant User Interface
All our switches
and dimmers are available either with Connectivity or standalone. The connected
switches can be monitored and controlled from anywhere using a smart phone. A
free to use smart phone application will be available for Android, iOS (iPhone)
and Windows based devices.
A variety of connectivity options will be provided so that users can choose the right product which fits into their home network. Switches and dimmers are available with
Smart Phone Application
An intuitive, smart
phone application which provides an easy, secure means for users to monitor and
control all the connected switches and dimmers from anywhere, anytime is available for Android and
will soon be available for iOS (iPhone) and Windows.
- Allows users to add / delete new connected devices
- Add new rooms and areas
- Create different sceneries
- Show the actual room picture as the skin
- Control any switch or dimmer anytime from anywhere
- Get automatic status updates when switches and dimmers are operated
Customize your Switches and Dimmers
Actual Colors may vary from the color on your screen
Our modular enclosure is designed to customize. Users can change the faceplate with ease to suit their wall colors and decor. We are currently producing the Black and the Grey faceplates. We request you to rate the faceplates according to your preference. Please take this quick survey and help us improve the product
Mounting and Dimensions
Our switches and dimmers are designed for worldwide use. We will build and ship switches according to the geographical preference. For convenience we will call it Portrait (US) and landscape (other places). The pictures and description below will throw more light on how this is accomplished.
A slider in Portrait
A Slider in landscape
The enclosure is designed to mount on a single gang box in US and similar boxes in other places. The mounting frame which houses the complete electronics, with the back cover, is mounted on the Single gang box using the mounting holes provided.The face plate snaps on to the mounting frame. The size of the faceplate is the same as the size of the 1 gang Decora wall plate. Below is a picture of Adoratouch faceplate placed on a Decora Wall plate
Our electronics (circuit boards) are designed and cut to form a perfect square (symmetrical). This enables us to mount the same board either in portrait or landscape mode. Below are pictures of how they are mounted in portrait and landscape
Similarly the boards for the touch switch and the wheel are also mountable on the same frame for portrait and landscape orientations
This design concept helps to use the same enclosure, faceplates and boards for both the portrait and landscape orientation.We have different touch plates (glass with icons) for landscape and portrait.
We have verified that the enclosure mounts on a few different makes of gang boxes. We will further do a detailed testing with as many available gang boxes as possible and accommodate any changes required (more mounting holes) or any other changes required to make it universally usable.
We will release the final dimensions after this test and accommodating any changes required.
What we have done so far
To achieve the touch based interface, capacitive touch is the way to go. In a nut shell our keys continuously measure the ambient capacitance and a touch is detected when there is a change in capacitance. With some market research we figured that there is a need for switches which can be used individually or in combination with several switches. We also found that the dimming is also a very desired feature both for lights and fans. All this meant that we needed a micro controller powerful enough to achieve all these features along with being small enough to have a modular design.
Since we needed a powerful controller for the touch and connectivity we stretched a little bit to accommodate a host of power saving features and incorporated the Timer, Light Sensor, Door Bell, Motion sensor along with connectivity using WiFi / Zigbee / Zwave. Connectivity is achieved using an external module along with the main controller. This modular design helps us cook several fantastic variants of the products using a few basic ingredients.
To add the icing on the cake we came up with a customizable modular enclosure where the faceplate can be changed to suit the users wall color and decor.
Below are some early sketches
We have 3 basic hardware platforms, the Switch, Slider and the Wheel (Dimmers). Each of these is a sandwich of 2 boards. We have been through several iterations of the switch and the sliders. The Wheel which was developed after some lessons learnt from the switch and the slider has been through one iteration with satisfactory results. Below are some pictures and video of some of our earlier iterations
We have been through 3 Iterations of the Touch Switch. The first had the basic touch and the latest has the capability to incorporate a Light sensor, Motion sensor etc along with a provision for a back light
Below is a video clip of our first switch. The front panel is a piece of paper with an icon printed on it
Below are the iterations of the slider
Early version of a functional slider
The Wheel which is similar in functionality to the slider was a later addition which incorporated the lessons learnt from the switch and the slider. This first version just works great.
Demonstration of a Wheel
Universal Power Supply
An Universal power supply was developed to power the switches. This works either on 230V AC / 50 Hz or on 110VAC / 60 Hz. This is designed to withstand wide voltage fluctuations, noise & to consume minimum power even under no load conditions.
Firmware development is one of our key strengths. Firmware for all the switches and dimmers are functional, Due to the common hardware a good portion of the software is also reused across variants.
We used an off the shelf switch panel and boxes to assemble the prototypes. The switch / slider / wheel hardware fits on commonly available switch panel. The panel along with the boards is glued to a piece of glass or acrylic panel which has an appropriate icon printed on it. The icon is aligned in line with the LED providing back light on the touch board. When the LED lights up it illuminates the icon giving an elegant appearance
We have designed a modular enclosure which can accommodate multiple combination of switches and dimmers with a customizable faceplate. We got a 3D printed model of the same. Below are some snaphots of the CAD and the 3D prototype
We have developed an intuitive Android app for the connected switches. Monitor and Control anything, anywhere at anytime. Create, save and retrieve different scenarios to suit your mood and comfort.
Below are some screen shots of our Android Application
Right from a concept we have designed, manufactured and tested multiple versions of the switches and variants. A lot of improvements and fine tuning has gone to the latest version. Currently our switch and dimmer is a sandwich of 2 boards plus a power supply. In the next version we plan to develop a 2 board solution including the power supply. This will help us further separate the low voltage touch electronics and the high voltage switching circuitry where all the dimming and power control is done.
We plan to use these next version of boards for a wide variety of testing and validation
We currently have a fully functional software for the different variants of the switches. In the next version we will incorporate several features to further reduce power consumption, several diagnostic functions, incorporate feedback from user and field testing, facility to do factory testing and calibration etc. These changes will be incorporated before shipping the rewards.
Samrt Phone App
We have an Alpha version of the Android app. We are adding a whole lot of features and customization options to the smart phone app.
Work is in progress for developing an app for iOS and windows. We plan to release the first version of the iOS and the windows equivalent of the Android app before shipping the connected switches and dimmers.
We are passionate about developing a superior product, continuously measure and improve consumer satisfaction. To achieve this we will leave no stone un-turned during testing. We plan to produce a good number (a few hundreds) of these switches and subject them to a wide variety of testing. Below is a small list of the testing planned
- ·Complete Feature testing - Hardware, Firmware, Smart Phone Apps
- ·Field testing
- ·Over volatge, under voltage, Spikes & Surges, Electric noise etc
- ·RFI - Radio frequency Interference
- ·ESD - Electro static discharge
- ·Life Test
- ·Reliability tests
- ·Effects of aging and corrective measures
- ·Effects of Spill / Moisture / Dust
- ·Power consumption
- ·Protection against over load
- -Compatibility with various gateways
The main goal of the testing is to push the product to the edge, check its breaking point and fix / improvise until all known issues are resolved. We have scheduled 14 weeks for testing the switches before mass production.
All the products will be certified by UL, FCC before delivery. In the next phase we will get it tested to comply with CE and other international standards
Although we have many variants of switches we have designed them to reuse the same core components. In most cases just the PCB and the software are different. This helps us with managing the logistics and procure components at an increased quantity translating to a better price
Hardware: We have finalized our suppliers for all the critical components. This vendor has a global presence and can help us with supply and support of the parts just in time .
PCB: We have been working with a PCB supplier for a while, for all our prototypes and other projects. They have worked with us through the development cycle and we plan to continue with them for production. Located about 30 miles from Bangalore, India, they are fully equipped to produce good quality PCBs and have a long track record of supplying PCBs globally.
Plastics: We are working with a plastic parts manufacturing unit based out of Bangalore, India. They are a major supplier for a wide range of Automobile OEMs and other electronic goods. Their knowledge, experience and inputs have helped us design the 3D model. We plan to get the tools developed by this vendor and also source the production parts from them.
EMS: We are currently using an EMS service in Bangalore, which supports low volume builds. They can support up to a few thousand switches every month. We will continue with them for the initial production. They offer a complete one stop shop form procurement, assembly to packaging under one roof.
We have identified another EMS provider in Taiwan for greater volumes and better pricing. The plan is to switch over to the Taiwanese EMS as soon as the volume ramps up or for high volume switches.
Tools: Our plastic vendor is a reputed toolmaker with a number of successful products. We have the pricing and other commercial information to proceed further. Proceeds from Kickstarter will help us kick start this activity to a great extent
Test Equipment: We have planned for an End of Line Tester which does a complete functional testing of the mass produced products before it is shipped out. Kickstarter will give us a big boost to speed up the process of completing this test equipment.
Quality: We are planning on hiring a Senior Quality Engineer who can help us develop and implement a thorough quality control process, at every stage of manufacturing. Every part, assembly and the final product will have to pass through several check points before it is shipped to the customer.
Summary of Current Status:
Funds Raised will be used partly to wrap up development, TESTING TESTING & TESTING, Approvals, Tools, Fixtures and Jigs for Manufacturing and Rewards
Aris Infosoft was founded with a vision of creating products which deliver immense value to customers. Our strength and focus is on products based on connectivity. We are developing products and platforms which will form the building blocks of the "Internet of Things". We are based out of San Diego, CA with a development center in Bangalore, India.
Nataraj (Raj) Bangalore - I have always been a tinkerer, love hardware development and have developed and managed software projects for the most part of the last 15 years. I am a jack of all trades and can jump from designing an analog circuit to porting a multitasking OS with the same ease. I have been lucky enough to work with some of the best companies and colleagues across the globe. I bring all my experience, knowledge and passion to develop products hoping to make a positive impact.
Guru Rudreshappa - Guru is a techie to the core and the "go to guy" for everything related to software development, across domains. He is a perfectionist with a foresight and knowledge to see beyond the obvious requirements. We share the same vision and passion in bringing products and technology into people lives to make a positive impact. He has wealth of experience in bringing products from a concept to industrialization. He knows how to build world class products and has a proven track record working for some of the best hi-techs in the world. He has brought all his industry experience in developing this technology and incorporating it into our products.
Products under Development
A successful campaign will give us a big boost to speed up some of our other products in the pipeline
- A Customizable Panel of Switches and Dimmers
- Touch based UI for various appliance controls, We are talking to a few OEMs for developing customized Touch Based User Interface.
- Many more fabulous things on the "Internet of Things" Network
Risks and challenges
Electrical Switches are subject to adverse electrical conditions caused by a wide variety of equipment in the real world. The Touch switch is a very sensitive touch sensor, yet has to resilient to all the electric noise. Our initial tests show that they are very stable when deployed in the field. However we have to field test a reasonable sample in a wide range of test locations and applications. Challenge is to thoroughly test the switches for all kinds of environments and resolve any possible malfunction. Our test plan is very intense and we will leave no stone un-turned to produce a world class product.
Building a product from concept to mass production is a huge challenge.
We have a wide range of products and building small quantities of several will be a difficult job logistically. To mitigate this risk we have designed modular boards which will be repeatedly used in different combinations to produce the different variants.
With more than 30 years of combined experience in electronic product development, for a wide range of applications from automotive to Industrial automation and with the support of our OEMs and semiconductor vendors we confident of resolving any potential roadblock and deliver a world class product. Advice and support from former colleagues, mentors & backers also helps us stay on the right pathLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, Adoratouch is designed to work from less than 100 Volts AC to more than 280 Volts AC or anything in between, 47 or 60 Hertz. It is designed to work anywhere in the world.
Our enclosure, electronics, faceplate, touch icon are designed in such a way that they can be built in a Landscape (shorter edge vertical) or portrait (longer edge vertical) mode. We have multiple mounting holes, paired such that the switch can be mounted on all types of gang boxes anywhere in the world.
We will verify the mounting with available types of gang boxes (also called switch boxes in some places), make any necessary changes in the design and release the dimensions.
Yes, Dimmers can drive either a fan or dim a bulb.
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