Qblinks is a tiny cloud collaborated Bluetooth 4.0 device that allows you to remotely get smartphone notifications and control it, too! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 1, 2014.
About this project
Media Coverage of Qblinks
TechCrunch - "...the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers."
Digital Trends - "This smartphone remote control will also show customizable notification alerts."
Fast Company - "A smartphone remote control for nerds, with all the power of IFTTT"
LAPTOP - "You do not need a smart watch to remotely control your smartphone...once Qblinks is available."
Geeky Gadgets - "...more than just a remote control..."
TechableJP - "そして、このほど登場したのはよりマルチな取り付けタイプの小型ガジェット「Qblinks」だ" ("Qblinks" has appeared recently among small gadgets of various mounting types.)
Connected Objects - "Voici venu Qblinks...qui vous permet d’être notifié." (Here comes Qblinks...that allows you to be notified.)
iCulture - "Qblinks zorgen ervoor dat je de iPhone veel minder vaak uit je broekzak hoeft te halen." (Qblinks ensures that you pick iPhone out of your pocket much less often.)
Lyon Capitale - "QBlinks: la télécommande d'Iron Man pour iPhone." (The Iron Man remote control for iPhone.)
PCnews - "одноименный гаджет, представляющий собой некий мультитул..."(The eponymous gadget acts as a multitool...)
Business Next - "Qblinks遠端遙控手機...按個鈕就完成" (Qblinks controls mobile phones remotely...all done by one click.)
playtech.ro - "o telecomandă pentru iPhone cu adevărat utilă" (a really useful remote control for iPhone)
Gooyait - "یک دستگاه جدید است که برای کنترل کردن آیفون شما طراحی شده است که می تواند برخی از توابع گوشی " (a new device designed for your iPhone that can control some phone functions.)
Imagine if you can...
Have you ever wanted to be able to control your phone without having to touch it, or to know when you have new notifications without having to look at the screen?
Qblinks is a multi-function device which uses Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to your phone and to the Qblinks Cloud. Qblinks allows you to choose the wireless functions you would like to have at the touch of a button, and to define which notifications you would like to receive.
Remotely control your phone: You can remotely activate Siri, remotely control your phone camera’s shutter to take photos, remotely search for your phone if misplaced, and remotely start, stop, and switch between songs on your phone with built-in music app, Spotify, or Google Play Music.
Customize your notifications: Qblinks uses a multicolored flashing light mechanism to notify you of incoming calls, messages, emails, and various social media notifications, so that when your phone is in your pocket or purse, you are still able to know precisely what notifications you have received. Through the Qblinks cloud, you can share your Qblinks status with your friends, and allow them to share their status to your Qblinks device as well.
Ambient temperature sensor: Qblinks has a sensor which can detect ambient room temperature. You can use a smartphone app to remotely display the temperature detected by Qblinks on your mobile phone, recording that temperature and sharing it to the Qblinks Map, where it can be shared with the entire world.
With the Qblinks Button, You Can...
A great new way to control your phone.
Press the Qblinks button to prompt your phone to ring even in silent mode.
With the Qblinks LED Notification, You Can...
You can customize the color and flashing pattern of the Qblinks RGB LED light in order to set up different flashing notifications for incoming calls and messages. You can also use the Qblinks Cloud to set up notifications for Facebook, Gmail, and other social network events. Through the flashing light signals, even in a noisy environment or when your phone is elsewhere, the LED can remind you of the start of important events.
With the Qblinks Cloud, You Can...
On the Qblinks Cloud, you can use different “formulae” to tell your Qblinks device how to interact with your cloud services. Each formula is an event-action combination. An event is a condition from a channel which you select. For example, you can set Gmail as a channel, and when Gmail receives an email, this is an event. An action is whatever designated activity you set to happen when the event is triggered. For example, when the email event happens, you can set the flashing blue notification on your Qblinks.
The Qblinks Cloud can allow multiple Qblinks devices to work together. You can even share your Qblinks functions with your family and friends. For instance, set your Qblinks to notify you when your child’s Qblinks connects to your wife’s phone.
Here are some examples of what the Qblinks Cloud enables you to do:
When the Qblinks device detects the temperature, the Qblinks Cloud can record this temperature, location and time onto Google Drive.
When the Qblinks Cloud receives notification that you have a new Facebook message, it can activate your Qblinks flashing notification.
When you leave work and disconnect from the Qblinks device on your desk, the Cloud can send a notification to a family member's Qblinks device in your home, activating the flashing light notification, informing your family members that you are on your way home.
When you press the Qblinks, your friend’s Qblinks device will start to flash, to show that you’re thinking of him or her.
The Cloud can log the location where your Qblinks becomes disconnected from your phone onto Google Drive.
Nearly unlimited interesting combinations are possible, just waiting in the Qblinks Cloud for you to bring them about!
With the Qblinks Temperature Sensor, You Can...
You can use Qblinks to read the ambient temperature. Qblinks can report the temperature to the Qblinks Map every 15 minutes. By accessing the Map, you can see temperature readings being shared from all around the world.
You can request the Qblinks Cloud to "send a tweet when the temperature reaches a specific degree" or "record temperature in Google Spreadsheet every 15 minutes."
A World Wide Crowd Temperature Network
- Diameter: 1.57 inch (40mm)
- Thickness: 0.78 inch (20mm)
- Weight: 7.5 grams (13.5 grams with batteries)
- Operating Ambient Temperature: -4˚F to 149˚F(-20˚C ~ 65˚C)
- Battery: Coin cell battery CR2032 x 2
- Communication: Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0
- Compatibility: iPhone 4s or newer
How does it work and why Bluetooth Low Energy?
Qblinks uses Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 to connect to your phone. Pairing up with your phone through the Qblinks app is secure and easy. Qblinks uses two changeable coin cell lithium batteries as its main power source. We estimate that under regular usage conditions, you won’t have to replace the battery for many months, even up to a year.
Through the Qblinks app, you can easily change the settings on several Qblinks devices and connect to the Qblinks Cloud. It is our hope to have created an intuitive user interface, allowing users to set up their Qblinks device in an easy and relaxed manner.
Firmware Over-The-Air Upgrade
In the future, we will be constantly improving the various functions of the Qblinks Cloud, Qblinks Apps, and Qblinks Firmware. Through the use of FOTA (Firmware Over-the-Air upgrade), Qblinks Firmware can be updated by you with just a few touches and clicks. Check it out in the video below...
Open Specification for Developers
If you are a developer, and want to use your own app or other free apps (we recommend LightBlue) to control your Qblinks. We will release a Developer version of the Firmware, that we will be making public the Qblinks GATT (General ATTribute profile) specs so that you can easily control the RGB light signal, and monitor both the status of the Qblinks button and the value from the temperature sensor.
You can use Over-the-Air Download to write the developer firmware inside your Qblinks or to input the Standard Firmware back into your Qblinks. There are two types of developer firmware:
- Open GATT Firmware: Through open GATT, you can control the LED, and monitor the status of the button and the temperature sensor.
- iBeacon: Turn your Qblinks into an iBeacon device, and use it along with your iBeacon application.
If you are a Cloud developer, you may be interested to know that the Qblinks Cloud interface will be made public. You will be able to join as a member of Qblinks Cloud, and an icon representing the channel belonging to you alone will appear on the Qblinks Cloud channel list.
Current status and Timeline
Over the past year, we have devoted our efforts to the research and development of BLE-related technology, and have become quite knowledgeable about the connection between BLE and smartphone applications. The Qblinks mockup is now complete, as well as the PCB circuit board and the product’s external appearance.
Qblinks is an exciting research and development team undertaking innovative exploration into the world of wearable and smartphone-centric Internet of Things products. Our development team is located in Taiwan, while our distribution center is located in Santa Ana, California.
The Qblinks team has brought together members from many iconic world-famous brands, such as HP, Trend Micro, D-Link, and Foxconn, companies working in the fields of mobile technology, embedded devices, internet security, and home automation.
The Qblinks team is made up of people with a wide variety of skills. All of our design and development is done in-house. Thanks to the fact that our manufacturers are also in Taiwan, our R&D team is able to communicate very efficiently with the factory ,in order to produce Qblinks products which are beyond people’s imagination.
Qblinks is an enthusiastic company providing our customers with clear and simple products in the rapidly emerging field of low energy technology.
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Risks and challenges
===== Supplier =====
We are incorporating many different components into the Qblinks device, and so we must communicate with multiple suppliers and manufacturers. As such, unexpected delays in the process may occur.
===== FCC/IC Certifications =====
Although we are doing our very best and are in collaboration with local test labs, FCC/IC certifications remain a tricky issue.
Qblinks works with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S/5C, and newer, including the soon-to-be-released iOS8 and iPhone 6. We plan to support Android platform in the future.*
*Android 4.4 or higher with Bluetooth Low Energy support is required
Qblinks runs on a pair of CR2032 coin cell batteries. One powers the Bluetooth Low Energy RF, and the other one powers the LED. Theoretically, the battery can last a full year if you have one RF activity per 5 minutes. The more frequent the activity, the shorter the battery life.
- (42 days)