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Thanks for the remote! Had little time to experiment with it yet, removing the batery was hard, realy scary to break it.
Going to set up controls for Lifx and play around abit
Oh and congratulations on getting the first batch ready!!
Will keep playing and give you some feedback soon.
Hey Cameron, here's the URL: https://ifttt.com/features/redeem…
It's usually in release messages. I should probably submit the channel to IFTTT to get it public soon as I'm beginning to think about shipping out rewards. The remotes are nearly finished and I'm planning to send out the first batch during the last week of November to ensure that everything is OK.
I have looked for the release notes with the secret IFTTT switch to enable the beta Turn Touch channel.
Where do I need to look for this?
Hey Cameron, LIFX integration right now is limited to IFTTT but eventually I plan to build a native LIFX app so it's instantaneous. The apps aren't finished, they are just at the level that I can ship the hardware and it works for most cases. I plan to add a lot of polish and feature completion to the apps in the next year.
I agree with the comments below. Once I got my battery updated it is fine. Just playing with it now.
In regards to LiFX lights do I have to use an IFTTT integration to make it work?
Thanks for the surprise in the mailbox! As with Mark, the battery was dead. I replaced it with a brand new CR2032 but after a week, the battery dropped now to 39% with very little use. I checked and see that the I was a bit afraid of breaking the remote when replacing the battery as the tabs that hold the battery are quite hard to move, even when applying quite some pressure. The unit you sent was a rev 31.
I love how the use of the magnets and the ingenious design on the inside. It certainly shows the amount of thought put into it. Other than the battery removal issue, the unit is great. I will keep an eye on the battery utilization over the next few days. Cheers!
Hey Mark, a bunch fo the remotes are of an older model that kill the battery after a few days while in the disconnected state. They last a year while connected, but the transit time killed the battery. Try putting in a new CR2032 and see how that works.
Hi, I just got my Turn Touch - it looks great! But I can't pair it with either the iOS or Mac OS app - with bluetooth on both, and the Turn next to them I just get a "Uh Oh... No remotes could be found" result from trying to pair. Can you help?
Thank you so much for a little extra in the mail today.
Hey ptnik, you have some good timing as this week I completed the hand-off and we're now in full on production mode. Take a look at this photo for proof. That's 30 mahogany remotes in a single pass! It takes 1 hour on the pocket side (in the middle) and 2 hours on the contour side (at top). The button fixtures are both at the bottom and are going to be finalized early next week.
Can't wait for the new update on how things are going... :)
Hi Omer, you can change your shipping address when I send out the survey, sometime in November.
How can I change my shipping address?
I did see the last update thanks. Looking forward to seeing the videos. It's one of the best things about KS. Seeing the building process.
Keep up the good work.
Hey Cameron, I just posted an update about the production machines. They are now calibrated and going to start rolling today. I also finished the button fixtures and these buttons are looking awesome. Remotes are turning out perfectly.
The next update will be in about a month when the wood shop finishes up and I move into assembly. I'll be sure to post a couple nicely edited videos: one slow-mo and one time-lapse. Too bad the lighting in the wood shop is so poor. Not sure how to fix that without renting expensive lights but I might just bring in some extra lights of my own.
Any more updates, would love to see a short video of the machine crafting the wood.
Just logged in for the first time in a few weeks, I too have been away a bit. Great updates and nice to hear things are going well.
I can also help with shipping to Germany :)
I will happily pay the postage for a prototype to be sent to the uk. I have filled out a form as you never know how things can change when faced with certain uk setups.
Hey Rick, Cameron, and ptnik, thanks for the nudge. I just got back from a 12 day canyon vacation and am heading into the production factory today. The reason I didn't release an update before my vacation was that we ran into an issue with the production milling machine. It should be resolved today and once I figure out if everything's going to go according to plan, I'll send out an update.
And even if the calibration problems continue (which they shouldn't but you never know) I'll be sending out an update later his week. I expect the update to include both photos of the production factory and production fixtures as well as the survey to send out beta units. I'm looking forward to writing it but I won't be able to until after today's final test.
Hi Samuel, it's been nearly 2 months since the last update. I'm sure everyone would love to know how things are going...
Would love to hear an update too. How is the process going?
Its been a few weeks now, can expect any update soon.
Looking forward to see some pictures of the final product!
Glad to hear the LIFX support is there, albeit not HomeKit which is not your fault. Just bought another 4 version 2 lifx lights and want an easy way to turn them on and off.
Thanks found the link, will play around with the app a little.
Hey Rick, in order to use the IFTTT integration you'll need to visit a secret URL on IFTTT's website to enable the beta Turn Touch channel. That URL is in the release notes for both the Mac and iOS Turn Touch apps.
Probably next week I'll offer 50 prototypes and then you'll be able to use the remote together with IFTTT.
Cool really looking forward to get one of these bad boys!
What trigger u use in IFTTT, u got your own or do u use the Button widget?
Hey Rick, I just had my first day in the wood factory last Wednesday and it went great. We hooked up my prototype fixtures and ran the machine. We were only testing the setup, so we didn't fully mint any new pieces, but it looks like the production process is ready to get started. I am now designing an expanded fixture to machine 30 remotes at a time. This should take a couple weeks and will be the production fixture we use to make all 1,000 remotes.
And I just shipped LIFX support in the form of IFTTT support last week for both Mac and iOS. I have an LIFX bulb in my desk lamp and while IFTTT takes 2-3 seconds to activate, it works great.
Thanks for continually posting and keeping me on my toes. I really appreciate it and look forward to sharing progress and photos in an upcoming update.
How is the progress going? Are you still on schedule?
And Did u have any time to look into Lifx support yet?
Hi ErstO, multiple remote support is built into both iOS and macOS apps. Right now all of the remotes connected to a single device all perform the same actions. That list of actions and modes can be different between different devices. So for instance at home I have a remote connected to my iPad and it's used exclusively for Hue lights (and a bit of wemo batch actions so that when I turn on my lights or change colors, the christmas lights and dumb lamps connected to wemo also turn on and off). I have another remote connected to my Mac and that's used for music, alarm clock, video, and news reading.
For version 2 or 3 of the app, I plan to support multiple remotes with multiple button configurations. It won't take a huge amount of work to support since I built the original version knowing I would expand it one day.
HomeKit is also coming soon. I just finished IFTTT support for the Mac app yesterday and plan to unify IFTTT actions between iOS and macOS later this week. Once that's done, HomeKit will happen shortly afterwards.
To be perfectly frank, it'll happen soon if only because I bought Nanoleaf lights off the Apple Store a few months ago and absolutely love them. They're run on HomeKit and to turn them off I have to manually do so and that just doesn't fly in my apartment.
Calling them woodies reminds me of the Beach Boy's Surfin' Safari:
Early in the morning we'll be startin' out
Some honeys will be coming along
We're loading up our woody
With our boards inside
And headin' out singing our song
Samuel, thanks for the clarification on how multiple remotes need to be connected. I ordered the 3 pack
Is this just a limitation the application you wrote, or a firmware limitation in the Turn Touch?
I can deal with it, I have mutable devices at home, just need to start planing.
Last question, you mentioned you may add “Home Kit” integration in the future, any further thoughts on this? Admittedly, Apples Home Kit is not the best home automation app out there, but in the Apple world it does seem like thats were everyone is going.
Looking forward to the little woodies.
Thanks @Samuel, I have a few connected Macs so it should be fine then.
Great thanks for the links!
Hi Cameron, right now if you have two remotes connected to the same device (phone, ipad, mac) then they will perform the same actions. What I do at home is have two remotes hooked up to different devices.
One of my remotes is my lighting remote, with all four apps being setup for Hue but with different randomness and scene settings.
The other one of my remotes is for music, lighting, wemos, and the Mac itself.
I built the app in such a way as to allow per-remote settings one day, but that will be at least v2 or v3.
Hey Rick, the measurements can be found in the open-source repo. Here are some relevant files:
Case Top model: https://github.com/samuelclay/turntouch-enclosure/blob/master/revisions/Turn%20Touch%20rev%2038/Case%20Top.stl
Case Top drawing: https://github.com/samuelclay/turntouch-enclosure/blob/master/revisions/Turn%20Touch%20rev%2038/Case%20Top.pdf
Case Bottom model: https://github.com/samuelclay/turntouch-enclosure/blob/master/revisions/Turn%20Touch%20rev%2038/Case%20Bottom.stl
Case Bottom drawing: https://github.com/samuelclay/turntouch-enclosure/blob/master/revisions/Turn%20Touch%20rev%2038/Case%20Bottom.pdf
As you can see, the case top is 0.29" and the case bottom is 0.4".
The remote is 52mm x 52mm x 18mm, but how thick are the bottem and top half?
This may have been asked before but if you have two remotes can they do different things? i.e is each remote provided a unique ID or similar?
+1 for updates on all the features you've mentioned! There aren't many wood-based projects on kickstarter that have your level of attention to detail, and it would be great to hear all about your adventures in manufacturing! Can't wait to control my new apartment with these beautiful devices!
Really looking forward to see the latest models!
I love the idea of a Fulfilment beard, I am sure your Mum/Partner/friends can't wait until fulfilment date! I know it would be a motivator for me!!
I am glad I was the first one to ask for an update, I actually enjoyed your updates, one of the reasons I like Kickstarter is learning about the product building process. On other projects, I have learnt about injection moulding and FCC approvals. I would never have learnt these had it not been for Kickstarter.
I would have loved to have heard the stories behind each of those points!! Shame really.
I would like to suggest a better way to distribute the prototypes; start with people that asked for updates!!! ;-) I think that is the best way!!
I am looking forward to using this with my Plex Media Player, I hope I can get it to work, by the looks of things I reckon it will work well and look great in my house at the same time!!
Keep up the good work and I think a mega update is in order including pictures of the beard!!
Oh, and how could I forget. IFTTT support is now in beta. Oh man, every single one of these should have been an update. But if I'm not shipping yet, I don't feel it's appropriate to announce anything. So once I ship, expect these updates as they come.
Hey Cameron, I'm so glad you asked! If it were up to me I'd be posting an update oncee a week or at least every other week. But some of the feedback I've heard is that I may have gone a bit overboard during the campaign. So I decided to dial it back until somebody asked for an update, which took exactly two months!
I'm going to post an update next week with all of this good stuff, each one could easily have been its own weekly or biweekly campaign update:
1) Redesigned models are nearly done. Two months of painstaking work to get them ready for production. I was hoping to finish today but it's going to probably take another day or two in the woodshop, which is scheduled for next week. I've got plenty of great photos to show the differences between the 100 prototypes I built and what the production run will look like. It's going to be an in depth look into how to make better buttons.
2) I just signed a wood CNC factory. This is huge news and took months to put together and find the right fit. More on this later.
3) Turn Touch will be 100% made in America. Also huge news and makes my life easier to boot.
4) While I've [nearly] finished the redesign, I've still got 50 prototype units left. That means 50 lucky backers will get a free remote immediately. Haven't decided how I'm going to choose who, but it will probably be a survey and I'll just sort by # of Hue bulbs in descending order.
5) I've been growing a fulfillment beard (stopped shaving on the last day of the campaign) and I've got quite the look now. I get to shave it when I ship, which I hope is in 2-3 months.
How is this project tracking? Will you meet you timeline?
Please make the survey before shipping also capable to fill in my VAT number. So I don't have to pay taxes
Did u have time to look into Lifx support yet?
An addition that would have been nice to have is an acceleromater, to control action by gesture
Thanks Rick! The apps are works in progress but for the most part they are a full demo of the apps that are currently built. I'm planning to add a bunch more, with IFTTT support and HomeKit support coming up next.
Trying out the app, it looks wonderful very easy set-up yet full options to make it your own way