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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.
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All the details... New antenna, accessory, and some demo videos

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Hi dear backers,

We understand that you've been requesting for details about the new antenna design and how Qmote looks after the mechanical adjustments. The final samples just arrived and here comes this update about: 

  • 1) New antenna design and ESD testing
  • 2) Signal improvement: compare the original antenna with the revised one
  • 3) Introducing the free accessory
  • 4) Demo videos of both the original and revised Qmote
  • 5) Video of a mock IPX7 test
  • 6) Schedule update

New antenna design and ESD testing

The newly added rhombohedron contains Qmote's revised antenna system. Much to everyone's relief, Qmote itself looks basically the same. Instead of making the rhombohedron a fixed structure, we made it more like an accessory, allowing Qmote to "swing" left and right as before. 

With this little rhombohedron, the antenna's signal won't be jammed by the metal cases of Qmote. We also ran an ESD test again to ensure the new design can get FCC/CE certified. (Click to see our previous ESD test if you wonder what it is.)

Signal improvement

Some have asked how "bad" the original design is...Actually, it wasn't "bad." All the use cases shown in Qmote's campaign video is accomplishable for the original design. However, we want to improve the antenna design, so users can enjoy even better experiences with Qmote once receiving it. We decided that the improvement is worth to do, and we are very sorry that this change causes the delay.

We measured the longest distances for Bluetooth connection between phones and Qmotes. And here are the signal test results.

  • Qmote with the original antenna: 25 feet (7.5 meters)
  • Qmote with the new antenna: 50-165 feet (15-50 meters)
    *We use iPhone 5S and 5C for the test, and the results differ. iPhone 5C offers the longest signal distance due to its plastic exterior.

Introducing the free accessory

The keychain shown in the picture above is the free accessory that will come with each Qmote. It's easy to attach or remove, so you may simply use this keychain or replace it with your own accessories.

Demo videos of both the original and revised Qmote

Some has questioned if we do have a working sample of the original design. Therefore, we decided to do demo videos of both the original and the revised Qmote. They function the same when the phone is close to them.

Using the original Qmote to perform "Music Control" (Play/Pause/Next track)

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Using the revised Qmote to perform "Turn on flashlight" and "Make a call"

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As you can see in the videos, both versions of Qmote work absolutely fine! You may also let us know what you want us to demo and we can make a video of it :)

*The app shown in the video is a developing version. The GA version that will go on App Store and Google Play can look different.

Video of a mock IPX7 test

Qmote has been officially certified to be IPX7 water-resistant. (See our report here.) We made this simple video just to show you it's true!

A product rated IPX7 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.

Schedule update

Some are wondering why there are new events coming up in the revised schedule but not in the old one. In fact, these events always exist. They aren't shown in the old schedule because the old one doesn't include this long span.

We are expecting to start shipping in August. Three months later than the estimated shipping time, late May. Early backers' packages that were estimated to be shipped in late April will still be the first batch.

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We know our backers have been waiting for this detailed update, and we are truly sorry it took quite a while for us to get everything back on track again after the design change.

Again, we appreciate your understanding. We will work hard and keep you well updated as promised. More production updates are coming soon.

THANK YOU :)

Qblinks

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    1. Francis Fitzgerald on

      Dont like the new design, I agree with below, the lower distance would have been fine, the look has been ruined with the new attachment

    2. LT on

      The little nipple you added ruins the aesthetic of the original qmote and introduces a new failure point for breaking the device. I think for most people's applications, the 25 ft range would've been sufficient.

    3. Qblinks 3-time creator on

      @George Christian
      Would you kindly let us know how to make a video that covers 150' distance...? With both the phone and Qmote in sight...? We'd love to show you if that's possible!

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      George Christian on

      Please show us a demo of the new Qmote working from 150' away. You ruined the look of the Qmote (in my opinion) to make this change, so please prove that the new antenna actually does work from that distance.

    5. Chris on

      The sleek design that I back has been changed to a point that is something I am not excited about. Agree with the guy below about you guys making a bad decision to change it after the close of the project. I would of never backed this design.

    6. Kenton Bruno on

      New design looks stupid....all I'm going to say

    7. Simon Stenberg on

      The decision to externalize the antenna to a flimsy pivotable piece of cheap plastic, is simply horrible. Instead of having a rugged design, all metal exterior, we now have one of the most critical components exposed to the harsness of everyday life.
      I will be taking the qmote (that's why I backed it), and I work in a factory. The original looked like it could withstand a 10-foot drop without a problem, this new design looks like it won't handle a 1-foot drop.
      I'm not worried though, I can easily make some kind of shell myself that will protect the now quite fragile qmote. It won't be pretty, nor sleek, but at least it will be durable.
      As for the increased range, I couldn't care less. It will be literally INCHES from my phone, I just need a physical button.
      It would be quite interesting to know the range when the antenna have been severed from the qmote, I say when and not if, for obvious reasons.

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      Avinash Vora on

      In full agreement with the other backers on the surprising change to the design. I think it really detracts from the sleek and simple look that I originally backed, and I also definitely agree with the worry about the strength. Throwing in some cheap keyring isn't going to resolve things.

      Really disappointed.

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      Jon Jennings on

      I really appreciate the update, but I'm afraid I agree with what seems to be the majority opinion here.

      I know you want to deliver the best possible product and I know that for some people's use cases that longer range would be useful or even essential. But for me it's a trade-off of extra range vs faster delivery, better appearance and a more robust structure. Range beyond 25' isn't important to me whereas the other three items are.

    10. Kelmerald on

      With this last design "update" you've killed the reason why I've backed your project.
      Thank you.

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      Laura on

      Don't like the new design. Can the 'rhombohedron' be inside the Qmote instead?

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      DG on

      Can there be the option to have the original Qmote with the shorter distance? I am fine with 25 feet. I rather have the original Qmote with the shorter distance than the redesign.

    13. reichi on

      i would not have backed this new one! what was so wrong with the range of the old one! i think everything was fine! but now i regret backing this device!

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      Andrew Cook on

      That just looks bad, and fragile. The previous range was fine. Delaying to implement this was a poor choice.

      I would not have backed if this were the offering.

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      James Roy Peters on

      Yeah, the new antenna worries me. I liked the old look...

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      DG on

      Like many others have said, I don't like the look of the new antenna. It takes away from the overall sleek design of the Qmote. Not to mention it looks like it can snap off easily. I wasn't worried about the structural integrity of the Qmote before, but now I am. This little extended antenna looks like it is going to make what was once a solid, strong object into something I have to worry about when I put in my pocket or bag. Is there nothing else that can be done instead of this little extra piece?

    17. Teun van der Laan on

      Wow, the design was way prettier without the new antenna nipple. Honestly, that's a major change to make after the closing of the kickstarter..

    18. reichi on

      i don't like the new design. it's more bulky that the original one. can the rhombohedron be taken off?

    19. Dennis Muensterer on

      I'm not too fond of the added antenna either, although I can accept it as long as it makes up for the decrease in looks by substantially increasing the signal range.
      Some questions raised in my mind are:

      How will this affect the structural integrity of the Qmote? - You should definitely compare how much pull your two iterations can hold.

      How is the new antenna connected to the Qmote?
      Will the device still function if the antenna breaks off (Obviously with less signal range)?

    20. Diver Dennis on

      I agree Kelly. I would be worried about putting this in my pocket. Is it flexible?

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      Kelly Keeton on

      What's the strength of this new nipple antenna that was added? It looks like it will just snap off since the stress point is now that antenna thing - can you show some durability testing?

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      Chris on

      Looking good, I'm still excited :)

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      Kyle Pschak on

      Honestly I'm a bit disappointed. I think it's lost some of its appeal by adding the 'rhombohedron'. It doesn't look as good as the original. I wish they would've let us know that a new antenna meant straying away from the original design. I don't think the delays and new design were worth it. Bummer.

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      Percussionist on

      Well worth the wait! Thanks for the continued dedication towards delivering the best quality product. :-)

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      Ben Hooper on

      Among other uses I plan on mounting one of mine by the door to quick turn on Nest and lights when leaving the house, is the antenna in the rhododendron or can it be detached to look tidier on the wall?

      Other then this looking good despite the delays.

    26. Jaiyam Sharma on

      Good job, guys. Don't worry about the criticism. Can't wait to receive the new Qmote

    27. Peter Edward on

      I can now see SIX points of contact between the Qmote itself and the key that would be on the keyring at the other end. Whether you choose to replace the free keychain with something else or not, it's still going to be fiddly.
      I understand the complications with the antenna, but this is starting to look like a pretty messy design to me.
      This sort of gadget lives and dies by its elegance of design, and Qmote has lost a lot of its initial elegance in my opinion.

    28. Ben McLean on

      Good work, can't wait