Chic wooden smart home controller

The Turn Touch comes in mahogany, padauk or rosewood and can match home furniture.

March 02, 2017

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The Turn Touch comes in mahogany, padauk or rosewood and can match home furniture.

Image Source: Samuel Clay, Kickstarter

A new mini smart home remote controller that does not boast many “smart” features but bears an elegant look has gained popularity in Kickstarter and among various tech media sites.

The small square controller, Turn Touch, is carved manually out of mahogany, padauk or rosewood. Each of the three versions have four buttons made of maple, satinwood and sycamore, respectively. At the back is a logo or custom inlay in mother-of-pearl.

With few buttons, the product can still control almost anything inside the home. Users can assign operations on a single or double tap, or long press of one button or all buttons. Lights, music players, outlets, smart locks and temperature controllers are among the home products this mini wooden smart home controller can manage. Turn Touch is also compatible with various home apps.

The product can be appealing for homeowners who do not want complicated controls, and drawing out their phones or gadgets just to make things work, and are tired of being misheard by voice-activated systems. The design allows the controller to blend with a wooden table or furniture where it can be picked up with ease.

Turn Touch is not alone in targeting that buyer segment. Some small smart home buttons have also been launched previously, including Logitech’s Pop switch and Flic’s smart buttons, for instance. Amazon has a programmable Dash button, but this is for developers. A number of simple buttons emerging could indicate that a smart home that is not too tech-heavy is still highly desirable for many consumers amid the rise of voice-controlled and virtual smart homes.



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