Tired of having a smart home that requires you to pick your smartphone to do even the most basic things? Well, Turn Touch is a small and natural remote control that reminds us that some things are better left to actual physical buttons.
The idea of having something like a smart lamp controlled via an app seems nice for just a couple of times until you figure out you'd be better off using your wall switches. Maybe you're reading and interesting news article and just don't want to jump to another app; maybe you don't want to go through the hassle of unlocking your smartphone, searching for the right app and then touching some options to do something like playing your favorite song.
With Turn Touch all that and much more is just a button press away. In its essence, Turn Touch is a bluetooth remote control with 4 buttons, but you'll fall in love for it as soon as you pick it up for the first time, as it's made of solid wood. You can use for pretty much anything you can think of, like turning lamps on/off, setting mood scenes, playing music, lock/unlock doors, as well as snap photos from your smartphone, or even use it to scroll your Mac browser pages.
This small remote is a creation of Samuel Clay (founder of Newsblur - the RSS Feed Reader service that "saved" me from the Google Reader shutdown apocalypse) and, just like it, it will also be an open source project. If you hurry, you'll be able to grab a Turn Touch for just $59, and then just have wait till November.