A Waterproof Remote Control for iPhone and iPad, Seeking Your Funding
Crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo let inventors appeal directly to the public for funds. They’ve made a lot of entrepreneurial dreams come true.
If you’re inspired by the inventor’s pitch video, you send some money. It’s not an investment; you don’t get rich if the invention becomes a hit. But you do get some memento — a T-shirt or a discounted version of the invention once it’s manufactured — and the rosy glow of knowing that you helped bring a cool idea to life.
Until now, there’s been only one problem: You had no way to know if the invention was actually any good. You had to trust the inventor’s video.
That’s the beauty of our Kickstarter reviews. We actually test the prototype, find out how much promise it has and help you decide if the thing is worth funding or buying.
Today’s Invention: Satechi GoRemote Bluetooth Waterproof Remote Control
The Claim: This compact, black, plastic, waterproof square has all the controls you need to operate your iPhone or iPad from up to 33 feet away. Play and stop music or video, skip tracks, press the Home button (or hold it down for Siri), use as a remote control for the phone’s camera.
Goal: Seeking $50,000.
Status: With only one day left in the campaign, the GoRemote has raised just over $10,000.
What I tested: Usually, the Kickstarter prototypes I test are coarse and barely functional. The GoRemote, however, looks and acts like a finished, shipping product. It works flawlessly and quickly.
What I learned: Exactly as advertised, the GoRemote is a remote control for an iPhone or iPad (or iPod Touch). It’s as though you ripped all the buttons off the edge of a phone or tablet—and then carried them away with you across the room or across the yard.
You start out by pairing the GoRemote with your iOS gadget using Bluetooth 4.0 (the kind that doesn’t drain the battery when you’re not using it). The GoRemote has a dedicated pairing button hidden under a panel on one edge, so that’s easy.
And that’s it. All of a sudden, you can press the buttons on the GoRemote to:
* Start and stop music playback
* Skip to the next or previous song
* Start or pause video playback
* Hold down the Home button to talk to Siri
* In Camera mode, press the Volume Up button to snap the shot by remote control. (Great for selfies or keeping the phone very steady in low light—by setting it down somewhere.)