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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
Meet Turn Touch: Beautiful Control for Your Home
Turn Touch is a smart home remote control carved out of beautiful mahogany wood. This is a remote control for Hue lights, Sonos speakers, and all the other connected devices in your home. Turn Touch works on iOS and macOS, giving you control of your music, videos, presentations, and more.
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There's never been a remote quite like this.
Extraordinary design: This isn't yet another plastic remote. Turn Touch is carved from solid wood and worked to a show-stopping, textured finish.
Well connected: Turn Touch connects to most smart devices in your home that speak WiFi. And this is just the first version. Over time, there's no telling what you'll be able to control.
Always ready: Turn Touch is always on, always connected, and always ready to take your breath away. Once you connect your Turn Touch via Bluetooth it stays connected and always available, even without the Turn Touch app actively running. And there's no delay, when you press a button the result is instant.
Built to last: Not only will your Turn Touch stand up to drops and shock — its entire circuit board can be inexpensively replaced with newer, future wireless tech. You won't have to buy a new remote every time Apple comes out with a new phone. And instead of flimsy plastic clasps, a set of 8 strong magnets invisibly hold the remote together.
Turn Touch in the Home
Why not use your phone?
For most of the smart devices in your home, you would normally use your phone to control them. Turn Touch replaces time-consuming phone apps and error-prone voice assistants with simple buttons. And unlike every other remote control in your home, Turn Touch looks as good as the furniture you place it on.
Are four buttons really enough?
Turn Touch has only four buttons because you only need four buttons. You can fully customize them with the Turn Touch iOS and macOS apps. By holding down one of the buttons for a half second, you switch to that button's app, giving you four apps worth of four buttons each. 4 apps ⨯ 4 buttons each = 16 buttons, and with double-taps you can do even more.
Perform multiple actions with a single button.
Turn Touch wouldn't be so useful if it could only do one thing at a time. The iOS and macOS apps allow you to run multiple actions with a single button press. So when you want to go to sleep, you press one button and the lights and music fade out, the smart lock locks, the fan and heater turn off, and your Nest gets set to a sleeping temperature.
Three Unique Models
Which one is yours?
Turn Touch comes in three distinct styles. Pick your favorite, or order all three (see rewards below) and treat your friends with the extras.
Each remote is handmade from solid wood sourced from responsible growers, set with a mother of pearl inlay, and built to fit the contours of your hand. With the help of a few tiny magnets, everything is tightly packaged, no screwdriver required.
Mahogany and Maple
Known for its durability and scratch resistance, mahogany will refract light so vibrantly that it changes shades depending on your viewing angle. Combined with the white of hard North American maple, this remote looks great, feels great, and is a joy to use.
Padauk and Satinwood
Rhymes with "Rad Duke", Padauk has bold crimson hues, laced with veins of rich purple and sombre black. A beautiful, warm red wood that ages gracefully is complemented with the rich golden hues of Brazilian Satinwood.
Rosewood and Sycamore
Dark, coffee-colored rosewood is one of the densest hardwoods known to man. It’s strong and heavy and is commonly carved into chess sets, fountain pens, and musical instruments. Rosewood fits beautifully alongside the wavy grain of North American Sycamore buttons.
Mother of Pearl
Wait, that's not wood! — The backside of every Turn Touch is set with the cool elegance of real mother of pearl. A delicate material, this small detail makes a big difference; giving your remote a distinct, iridescent look.
Sets and Packs
If your home has more than one room, it's only natural that you'd need more than one remote. Order a complete Turn Touch set and get every model of Turn Touch delivered to your door. Or order two mahogany Turn Touch remotes in a two pack for less than the cost of individual remotes.
Kickstarter Exclusive Sets
Special, one-time offers, only available to Kickstarter backers.
The Complete Set with custom inlay for $499
Make it yours — The Complete Set with custom inlay reward allows you to individually customize the mother of pearl inlay on three Turn Touch remotes. Get your favorite animal, initials, astrological sign— whatever! The point is, these remotes are yours. It's up to you to decide what that looks like.
The Get It Now Set for $799
With the Get It Now Set, you jump to the front of the queue. Get a complete three-pack delivered as soon as this Kickstarter ends. Then, once production is up and running, get a second set delivered fresh off the line.
How It Works
With only four buttons, Turn Touch is simple — Connect it to your phone or Mac and begin controlling your environment with a few quick taps.
The setup process
Couldn't be easier — Install the Turn Touch app and pair the remote to your phone, tablet, or Mac. It all happens right in the app.
Ready when you are — Turn Touch is held together with a set of strong, neodymium magnets. No tools are required to separate the wood case. Pull the case apart with your hands to access the standard CR2032 coin cell battery. Contains 365 days of charge. Change the battery once a year, that's it.
Made for developers
Don't you just love it when there's an API? Turn Touch offers a few niceties for developers:
Custom URLs: Hit a URL on a button press (or double tap). The Turn Touch app will also keep count of your taps. This is perfect for using a button to interface with webhooks and smart devices that are on the net.
Bluetooth API: Want to use the remote on your own project without the official app? Turn Touch uses a standard Bluetooth 4.0 GATT profile. Look for upcoming documentation that walks you through the characteristics and services available.
Why not use your phone or voice?
Your phone is powerful. But taking it out to control different apps and devices is time-consuming and frustrating. Unlock the phone, punch in your pin, find your app (please wait—updates are being installed), and only then are you able to do anything.
And sure, voice control is handy. But often you’ll find yourself shouting just to be heard. Or, even worse, repeating yourself three times every time you want to turn on the lights. When voice control misunderstands you, you’re left frustrated and in the dark. We’d like you to stop screaming at light switches.
Turn Touch is lightweight and portable — so it only makes sense that it would work with your mobile devices. Get the Turn Touch iOS app and put it on an iPad that’s sitting around at home. Or add it to your iPhone to use your remote wherever you are.
Do you miss having an Apple Remote that could control your iMac? Pair your Turn Touch with the macOS app to build the ultimate Mac remote. And this remote works with more than just music, video, and presentations. Imagine having a Mac that you used from across the room.
Apps For Turn Touch
Connect to everything around you — Use Turn Touch with any of the following apps and integrations. You can combine multiple apps into a single button for parallel control.
It was a simple idea back then — what if every smart device in the house could be controlled by a single remote? And what if that remote could look and feel as great as the devices it communicated with? You know, not the common black plastic so many remotes are trapped in. Something new.
Three years went into the realization of that idea. Three years creating a manufacturing process, prototyping bluetooth circuits, designing the perfect enclosure contours, and coming up with a specialized vacuum fixture to hold everything in place during machining.
The first Turn Touch took a lot of work, time, and effort to bring to completion. Today, the picture is very different. Using the manufacturing process built during this journey, it’s now possible to produce hundreds of remotes per day. And with working prototypes built, it’s now time to tackle the next challenge: large-scale manufacturing. With a half dozen factories already interested, the future of Turn Touch looks bright.
Meet the Maker
Hey Kickstarter, I’m Samuel Clay and I want you to make things.
If you read through the stretch goals, you’ll notice that my plan is to release 100% of the knowledge, planning, and design behind Turn Touch as an open source project.
Through building Turn Touch, I’ve learned what it takes to create not just one remote, but an entire manufacturing process. This means that no matter where this Kickstarter ends up, because I can build these myself, every backer will receive a remote.
To say that—with complete confidence—about a product that I’ve created entirely on my own… well, it’s a feeling that’s hard to describe. It’s hard to explain the rush of excitement you get when your ideas take shape in front of your eyes.
And it’s something I’d like you to experience for yourself.
I want you to take those ideas in your head and turn them into real, tangible, physical things. Things you can use. Things that help others. Things you’re proud of.
Through open-source hardware like Turn Touch, I’m working to lower the barrier to entry when it comes to creating and manufacturing your own complex hardware devices. Sure, it's not what you might call a “traditional business plan”. But I strongly believe that by helping other people use the same tools I use, our community of makers gets larger and more inventive.
Because at the end of the day, this isn’t a project devoted to turning a profit.
It’s a project devoted to makers, wherever and whoever they are.
Can I count you in?
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Risks and challenges
It’s rare that a plan meets reality without a few wrinkles. With Turn Touch, there are still a few potential risks that may need to be ironed out:
Wood sourcing risk - For many products, sourcing material can be a major roadblock. Fortunately, a single Turn Touch doesn’t take a lot of raw lumber to produce. In fact, over 1,000 remotes can be produced with only 42 board-feet of wood. That’s about as much wood as it takes to cover the floor of a single camper van.
Supply chain risk - Component lead times could cause a potential delay. To minimize this risk, all components used in the circuit board and enclosure are standard, well-stocked parts.
Manufacturing risk - Choosing a manufacturer is not an easy process. Currently, six separate wood factories have provided quotes. The real challenges lies in maintaining high standards and tight tolerances when building tooling with the chosen factory.
Assembly risk - Tight tolerances create a distinctive look. Creating a quality device is the lifeblood of this company, so keeping lines straight, planes level, and clicks crisp will be an ongoing challenge.
Software risk - Integrating with various hardware APIs is tricky. APIs change, aren’t always reliable, and sometimes have external issues that aren’t easy to identify.
These risks have been factored into Turn Touch’s expected timeline. However, despite the challenges, Turn Touch is already being manufactured in small batches and is working smoothly in dozens of homes around the world.