About this project
This Kickstarter project is now completed, a huge THANK YOU to all our backers! For further information on SPIN remote and how to pre-order, please visit www.spinremote.com.
Do you remember when things were simpler? When you could operate a device with just 2 simple dials? One to change volume and one to change channel, no more, no less. We have made it our mission to bring back that simplicity to todays over-complicated applications and we started with the remote control.
"SPIN enables ultimate comfort on your couch" - Newsweek
"SPIN remote is a lean, green, button-fightin' machine. Meet the last remote you'll ever need" - Atmel
"It's a fascinating concept, not least due to how it simplifies the sometimes complex remote control." - Gadget Review
"Simple enough, and sporting a clean design free of all those buttons you never use, this might be a hit for your home." - Daily Crowdfunder
The average household has 3 remote controls laying around in the living room, with about 40 buttons each. Do we really need 120 buttons to choose from when all we want to do is watch TV, play a movie or listen to the radio? The remote control has become too complex, we want to change this.
We strongly believe that technology should make our lives easier, not over-complicate it. With SPIN remote we want to bring back simplicity. We do this by bringing together what you really use and stripping away all that you don’t really need. A simple solution for a complex problem.
SPIN remote is the remote control revolutionized. A remote control shouldn’t have so many buttons, while you only use a handful. In fact, we believe that it shouldn’t have buttons at all. With SPIN remote you can do what comes naturally; turn rotation and touch into action.
SPIN remote connects your existing Infrared equipment to your smart home and it offers a tangible interface to your smart devices. Boundaries start to fade, as you can just as easily control your non-networked TV as you can dim your smart lights.
SPIN remote sends out infrared signals in every direction, so gone are the days when you had to point your remote control towards your equipment. Touching SPIN remote is enough to activate it and let the magic happen.
SPIN remote not only transmits infrared signals, it can receive them as well. This feature is used to learn commands from your existing remote controls. Even though SPIN remote can talk with your smart devices via Bluetooth, it is primarily meant for your non-networked equipment and your not-so-smart HDTV.
SPIN remote is packed with sensors to detect motion, rotation, orientation and touch. These are used to determine the position it’s in and the action that’s performed. That’s how SPIN remote can seamlessly transform your actions into commands your equipment will understand.
And the best thing about all of this innovative technology: You don’t have to worry about it.
Your SPIN remote comes with a free App that will guide you through the setup process in just a few simple steps.
In its most simple form you just select the function you want to add (for example “volume up”), press the button on your old remote and you’re done! You can now use SPIN remote to control your volume, just as we’ve shown in our video (hold it sideways and rotate clockwise).
If you want more, you can always use the App to create your own presets, add new devices, configure the touchpad and combine function with rotation just the way you want.
Our main video showed you the basics, now let's talk about the more advanced features.
No matter how much time you spend on decorating your home, you always end up with those same plastic remotes laying on your coffee table. We want to change this.
We believe that your remote control should be personal, it should fit in with what you already have and be different from the one everybody else has. That’s why we offer 4 different shells to choose from right from the start.
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The more we spoke with friends, family and backers, the more ideas we got on how we could make SPIN remote even better.
Even though most of these ideas are still being looked into, we are excited to share a few of them with you. Depending on your feedback, we might even turn some of them into stretch goals.
Be sure to check back often, because we are planning to announce new ideas every few days.
Did you know that the average TV viewer spends about two weeks looking for lost remotes during their lifetime (article)? If you ask us, looking for a remote control should be a thing of the past.
That’s how the idea was born of having a ‘Find Me’ button in the App. Pressing it will cause SPIN remote to start sounding its buzzer and flashing its LEDs so you will have it back in no-time.
Status: We love this idea so much, that we decided to include this feature in our first release.
As you know by now, we strongly believe that your remote control should be personal. We already offer 4 different type of shells to choose from, but of course those were just the beginning.
That’s how the idea was born of creating colored shells, starting with red, blue, green, orange, black and gold.
Status: We have developed a matt black prototype using a process called anodizing. The idea is technically feasible and depending on what our backers think, it could end up being a stretch goal.
API / SDK
The feedback we got from backers and fellow developers was clear. You want to use SPIN remote exactly as you want it, so we will provide the tools to do so.
That’s how the idea was born of developing an API / SDK that will allow you to control SPIN remote. You will be able to set its properties, send out Infrared commands and receive rotation and touch events.
With the API / SDK you can link SPIN remote to any device you want, turn it into a game controller or use it as an Infrared blaster. Get creative, the possibilities are endless!
Status: We already decided to turn this idea into reality. We did not plan to include the API / SDK in our initial release, but depending on what our backers think it could end up being a stretch goal.
Some of our backers shared that all of their A/V equipment is placed in a closed cabinet and that they have to open the cabinet doors every time they want to use their remotes (since Infrared doesn’t travel through them). While we can’t change the laws of physics, we can come up with a simple solution for them as well.
That’s how the idea was born to link together multiple SPIN remotes (via Bluetooth) and to develop an affordable add-on that will allow Infrared signals to travel past any blockades (cabinet shelves, other equipment). You could place 1 SPIN remote with your equipment and keep the doors closed while you use the other to control your equipment.
Status: We have determined that the idea is technically feasible and we have created a 3D impression of what the add-on could look like (below). Depending on what our backers think, it could end up being a stretch goal.
Our core team consists of 3 highly motivated professionals with the right skills to make SPIN remote a success. We are (from left to right in the video) Ruud de Vaal (inventor and hardware specialist), Arjan van Bremen (product development and marketing) and Mathijs Vaessen (business development and operations). Between the three of us we have over 40 years of experience with prototyping, product development and project management.
“Years ago, when I first had the idea of a remote control without buttons, the technology just wasn’t ready to turn the concept into a commercially viable product. With the recent availability of new hardware and a group of talented people joining forces everything changed. The result is an amazing product that brings back simplicity to the living room.” says Ruud de Vaal, Co-Founder and inventor of SPIN remote.
Note that the speed at which you can switch channels or set the volume will be the same as with your current remote. If you don’t want to surf all channels one by one just use the App to preload SPIN remote with a list of your favorites.
To celebrate the debut of SPIN remote at the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas, we now offer an exclusive edition shell in matt black and matt white. For every €12 you add to your current pledge, you are allowed to choose one extra shell (so add €24 for both black and white). This offer is only available on Kickstarter.
You can increase your pledge by clicking ‘Manage Your Pledge’ right next to the main project image (after you have logged in). After our project is successfully funded, you will receive a survey in which you can fill in which color(s) you want.
If for example you selected the EARLY BIRD reward before (€69) with worldwide shipping (€15) and you want to have an additional matt black shell (€12) your total pledge will be €96. You will now receive both the standard aluminum shell and an additional matt black one.
Family & Friends
Ferdy Pullens (ferdypullens.nl)
Mark Veldhuysen (mcescher.com)
Jurgen van Dijk (vandijk-graveren.nl)
Jos & Koen van der Donk (playforward.nl)
Liselotte Vaessen (beadsofkenya)
Pascal & Gregor Hoelen (hoelmakers.com)
Risks and challenges
SPIN remote is a high tech product that requires innovative hardware and software to work together seamlessly. We have already done a lot of testing with our early prototypes to make sure that SPIN remote meets all of our requirements, but as with every project there may still be some challenges down the road.
As you might have seen in our rewards list we find it very important that we incorporate feedback from you, our backers and end-users, into our final product. This means that the feedback we receive from our Beta testers might result in having to develop new features. Those features would have to be designed either in software or in hardware. To minimize the impact this has on our overall schedule we have already included a number of feedback loops to make sure that we can cover the most important feedback without having any delays.
When developing a product there is always the risk of not receiving the right components on time. Therefore we have chosen backup suppliers for each and every single component . If one would have a problem delivering or meeting our quality standards we can easily switch to another and minimize the overall impact on our schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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