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Qmote is an intuitive, single-button remote control which lets you perform actions on your phone, even when it’s out of reach.
Qmote is an intuitive, single-button remote control which lets you perform actions on your phone, even when it’s out of reach.
Qmote is an intuitive, single-button remote control which lets you perform actions on your phone, even when it’s out of reach.
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Qmote: The Water-Resistant Internet Remote for Smartphones

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Qmote is a multifunctional, single-button remote. Using predefined click patterns to control functions on your smartphone, all kinds of actions are available at the simple click of a button. 

Your smartphone is smart, but have you ever wished you could do even more with it? What if you could control your phone while driving, or while lying comfortably on your bed with your phone out of arm’s reach? This is where Qmote comes in. With your phone acting as a smart hub, Qmote offers you easy and intuitive functionality, all at the click of a button.

Hack Your Life With Qmote

Your #1 Presentation Companion

Simply switch Qmote to “Presenter Mode” and it becomes a light and handy  presentation device. It requires neither awkward dongle nor additional software drivers, automatically linking to your computer through Bluetooth Smart on Windows and Mac. As a presenter, Qmote works like a charm.

Your Smart Home Dreams Come True!

Qmote is fully IFTTT integrated! You can use IFTTT to access a huge array of channels and set up actions in series based purely on your own desires and needs. With Qmote, the only limit is your imagination.

Using Qmote in conjunction with IFTTT, the smart home is no longer science fiction, but a reality to be experienced.

How Qmote is Going To Revolutionize The Smartphone

Uncompromised Fashion and Portability

Qmote is housed in a brushed aluminum case, an aesthetically pleasing combination of delicacy and durability, the union of beauty and practicality. Available in golden amber and gray obsidian, Qmote’s water-resistant design allows you to use it anywhere, anytime.

The Most Intuitive App

The Qmote app is only needed for configuration, so we have made it as easy as possible to use. Simply choose a preferred click combination, assign it to an Action, and there you go!

Endless Possibilities!

Over and above what the demo video shows, Qmote’s nearly-endless applications are there for you to explore. Exciting multifunctional media control, available for the built-in music App, Spotify, and Google Play Music, is just one such example.

Let's See What Makes Qmote Tick

Qmote uses Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 to connect to your phone, paring up easily and securely with your phone via Qmote App. Qmote uses one changeable CR1620 coin cell battery which can be used for up to a year with regular use.

  • Size: 3.9 (L) x 3.3 (W) x 0.5 (H) cm
  • Weight: 6 grams, just about the weight of a quarter
  • Battery: User-replaceable CR1620 coin cell whose life can last approximately 60,000 clicks or 12 months.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Compatibility: iPhone 4s & later, iPad 3 & later, and Android devices on 4.4 and above
  • Water rating: IPX7 - indoor or outdoor use in the presence of rain, snow or brief splashes of water

Firmware Over-The-Air Upgrade

We will be constantly improving the functionaility of Qmote and releasing updated versions of firmware, which can be easily upgraded over the air with just a few touches and clicks.

Being able to upgrade Qmote over the air means you can easily acquire new functions, including connections with future smart appliances. Get ready for the evolution of the Internet of Things!

What's Up Now, And What's In Store

Stretch Goal REACHED - New Color!

The $120K stretch goal has been reached! As we promised, NEW COLOR is now available! Since this new color option is Kickstarter only, you might want to take the opportunity by getting (more) Qmote now on Kickstarter!

***Please understand that different monitors may display colors differently, and we will try our best to match the PANTONE color when producing Qmote.

Qmote For The Makers

We believe it is the people who make the product great. The core philosophy of our company culture is, “Be the Maker.” We have designed Qmote technology to enhance the everyday life of the consumer through better control of their smartphone and smart home. With your imagination, we believe that Qmote possesses nearly endless possibilities. As such, we want to equip you with the capability to explore what you can do with it.

The Qmote Maker’s Module has all the functionality of a standard Qmote device, with the added feature of enhanced control input via UART with AT commands. The Maker's Module works with the same App and is also fully integrated with IFTTT.  With UART, Qmote functions easily in conjunction with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or any other development board. Without any knowledge of Firmware or App programming, you can easily send messages regarding your project to any IFTTT-enabled Internet platform.

To explore some great Qmote Maker’s Projects, please check out our Website at:  http://qblinks.com/devkit/makers

About Us

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, with a distribution center in Santa Ana, California. The Qblinks team is made up of people with a wide variety of skills. All of our design and development is done in-house.

Qblinks is an enthusiastic company providing our customers with straightforward and simple products in the rapidly emerging field of low energy technology and Internet of Things.

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Risks and challenges

We are a team with a variety skills and years of experience in making wireless products. Yet the greatness of this product depends upon more than just our team. We have done our best to secure the right partners, manufacturers, and to establish the supply chain. Also, we completed our first working prototype way before the start of our campaign in order to ensure that we can deliver what we have promised, inside and outside.

Compared with other wireless technologies, Bluetooth Smart technology is relatively new. Even Apple and Google are continually changing their Core Bluetooth Stack. To ensure the long-term compatibility of our product, we have made Qmote Over-the-Air upgradable. As a Qmote backer, we promise that your Qmote device will always offer the latest and newest functionality.

We will be sending frequent updates to all of our backers in order to keep you abreast of developments. Setbacks are almost inevitable, however, we are committed to getting Qmote into your hands. We are so excited for what the future holds in store.

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FAQ

  • Qmote is now a developing channel. You can access it via https://ifttt.com/features/redeem…

    The channel can only work with Qmote, so our RD team is the only active user for now, but it may still offer you a better idea of how Qmote works with IFTTT.

    We have already reached the last stage before publishing Qmote channel on IFTTT. After the launch, you can simply see it on the IFTTT channel list.

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  • IP Rating includes two parameters:
    - The first number (X) stands for protection against ingress of solid objects or dust;
    - The second number (Y) stands for protection against ingress of water.

    Currently Qmote is IPX7 certified because we have only finished the water resistance test so far.

    An IPX7 product should “withstand incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes,” but most suitable scenarios are indoor/outdoor use in the presence of rain, snow or brief splashes of water. Immersion is not quite recommended.

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  • We will send you backer survey through Kickstarter before shipping. In the survey, you can choose Qmote's colors and tell us what you'd like to laser-engrave on each Qmote.

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  • 10! Qmote offers 10 different click patterns, involving short clicks and long presses, for you to correspond to different custom actions.

    However, memorizing all 10 patterns is almost impossible, it will be easier if you use multiple Qmotes for different purposes. Or you can choose some favorite patterns to trigger some most-use actions, probably just 4 or 5 sets.

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  • Besides the 10 click patterns you can choose for personalized actions. There is an exception--the feature "Find Phone."

    "Find Phone" is a pre-set function for every Qmote, so you won't see it on the function list, and its pattern is always the same: you have to click Qmote more than 5 times to make your phone ring.

    Why 5 times? We programmed this way because all the other click patterns consists of less than 4 clicks. Therefore, it won't be confusing either you are trigger your custom action or Find Phone function.

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  • Qmote supports up to 9 different devices, while each device can hold its own custom settings. That is, "one click" on Qmote can mean "two different actions" when it switches between different devices.

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  • Yes and yes! Each Qmote can hold unique function settings while connecting to the same device. Qmote App will help you with the pattern configuration and function management.

    For example, you can set "One short click" to "Turn on flashlight" on Qmote-A and to "Take a photo" on Qmote-B.

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  • Unfortunately no.

    We are still focusing on Android and iOS debugging now. If there are more Windows Phone users' requests, we will see if we're developing a windows app, but the process can take quite some time, to be honest.

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  • We are glad to see some other companies on the same path with us, but we also believe there're some different key points in terms of market positioning:
    1. Different outlooks...obviously. Qmote's unique shape is inspired by guitar pick! 
    2. Qmote is IPX7 water resistance.
    3. Qmote comes with a metal shell, so we can offer custom laser-engraving. 
    4. You may surely stick Qmote anywhere you want, but we emphasize more on Qmote's portability.

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  • Yes and yes! Qmote is equipped with a keychain link! You can check the 3D animation in the video or the gif picture on our story page, and you can see the keychain link on the tip of Qmote. And we do offer key rings, but we haven’t decided which type yet.

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  • Qmote is more like a remote than a tracking device, so unfortunately no.

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  • Of course!

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  • We will send you backer survey through Kickstarter before shipping. If you want extra Qmote, you can order in the survey. We will offer additional payment link by then.

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  • No. To make it easier and faster during shipping, the free one will be random color and we don't provide laser-engraving for that.

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  • We have spent time on a very thorough test on the lock screen problem!

    Qmote CAN WORK normally if you lock your phone with screen saver/ swipe-to-open lock/ slide-to-unlock lock…

    And the below are the functions which CAN WORK as well under PIN code/ TouchID/ Pattern lock: (Hooray!)
    - Music control
    - Find your phone
    - Make a fake call (via IFTTT)
    - Make a call*
    - Send SMS*
    - Send current location*
    - Launch dashboard (selected models)
    - Toggle flashlight/rotation lock/silent mode
    - Set volume Min/Max
    - Snooze an alarm
    - Mute incoming ringtone
    - Home button control (Siri/Google now)
    - Smart home control (via IFTTT)
    (order of the function list on the story page)

    We are positive that these functions above can work on most of the smartphone models in the market, but we all know that Android OS can be tricky on different devices…

    As for some functions that cannot work before you unlock PIN code lock, we have to clarify that it’s NOT the limit of Qmote app, but the OS restrictions to protect your privacy. It is how iOS and Android are designed, to protect your phone on your will, which is…locking it with PIN!

    Qmote as an App provided by us the developers, cannot shun the privacy policy set by iOS/Android, UNLESS you jailbreak/root your smartphones. However, jailbroken/rooted devices are not our target market at this moment.

    REMARK:
    1. By "some functions that cannot work before you unlock PIN code lock...", we actually mean that the function cannot work BEFORE YOU UNLOCK the phone. In other words, you can still click Qmote, and then simply unlock the PIN code/ TouchID/ Pattern lock...and the action will work well. It's not like it cannot work at all.

    2. Make a call/ Send SMS: These two functions can work normally on Android with PIN lock, but on iOS, it will be like what Point 1 describes.

    3. Send current location: You can choose to send via email or SMS. On Android, it can work absolutely normally no matter what. However on iOS, only email can work normally with PIN code, and SMS will be like Point 1 situation.
    Hope this helps! Thank you.

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  • No.
    We add the free one to the package that contains your original reward, which is one Qmote device at least. If you pledge only $1, there won't be a reward or package, so no we don't give free Qmote in such condition.

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    For more detailed information, please contact support@qblinks.com

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