Dangerous Things, a Seattle-based company, will soon bring a tiny circuit with which you can control almost anything in your home. This small Bluetooth switch can fit anywhere and it can interact with microprocessor controls. You can use your smartphone to perform any task on home appliances, thermostats and vehicle keyfobs. The project is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. Dangerous Things has developed many bio-hacking products and in two years, more than 700 percent sales growth has been reported for the company.
How Does Switcheroo Work?
TV remotes, toys, vehicle keyfobs, garage door openers and some home appliances have push buttons which people press to control the devices. Small internal switches are activated with these buttons. As the button is pressed, low voltage DC current is passed to a microprocessor. The Switcheroo can be integrated into the simple switch circuit, either to replace the switch or to act with it, thereby allowing direct smartphone control for these devices. Switcheroo is used to create custom control solutions for locking systems, access, robot and toy control, etc.
It can also be used for other functions like starting your car, turning on the lights of your home, opening/closing your garage doors, unlocking home doors, controlling temperature in your home and much more.
Turn things on and off with your mobile phone: Switcheroo by Dangerous Things http://t.co/KX9hImg1NJ
— Tim Richardson (@Geeky_Tim) May 19, 2015
It has 4 opto-isolated outputs that can change DC voltages from 2 to 24 volts, up to 30mA of current per output. You can connect relays, transistors or solid state switching ICs to Switcheroo for AC voltages or higher current applications.
Amal Graafstra, the CEO of Dangerous Things said, “With the Switcheroo, we are able to open up those capabilities to people who may have been hesitant to have an implant under their skin, but who want the same abilities as the rest of us cyborgs.”
The total funding goal of the campaign was $18,000, which has been raised successful, way more than the margin. At the time of writing, $31,778 has already been raised. The campaign will end on 18th June, 2015. You can pledge your funds for this project and get the Switcheroo before it is retailed. Shipping is expected to start from August 2015.
What about you?
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