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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

You are currently raising funds on Kickstarter. If Answers users want to help Qblinks, where can they back you and what will they get in return?

Please visit Qblinks' kickstarter page if interested: qblinks.com/kickstarter. And the backer rewards can be from single set to family set depending on how much a backer funds.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

Is Qblinks going to be sold exclusively online, or are you planning on going to physical retail stores?

Qblinks team is still working with distributors about how Qblinks will be sold.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

How does the Qblinks battery work?

Qblinks works on a coin cell battery (CR2032). Thanks to the low energy consumption of BLE, the battery life is expected to be used 6 to 12 months depending on users' behaviors.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

How much will Qblinks cost?

Currently (2014/8) on Kickstarter, it is 35 USD per set, and the MSRP in the future will be 49 USD while the retail price is to be decided.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

When will Qblinks be available in the market?

Considering the timeline of kickstarter campaign, the expected delivery time should be the end of this year (2014).

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

How will users be able to customize their Qblinks?

With the Qblinks app and cloud, users can customize their own notifications and applications. Take Gmail as an example, users can assign the LED lights a specific color and a specific pattern for incoming mail notification.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

Qblinks also has a temperature sensor. Why is this something users will like?

There is no temperature sensor on iPhone, and Google now provides only weather forecast not ambient temperature. Since we are IOT-centric, temperature detection can be a feature nice to have, and the information can enable more applications when connected to the Qblinks Cloud.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

One key differentiator Qblinks has over other smart phone remote devices is its cloud-based platform. Can you elaborate on what that entails?

The Qblinks Cloud is currently involved with some other social platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive and Gmail. In the future, we expect to integrate with IFTTT to make the best use out of it.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

How do you plan on competing with other wearable tech gadgets that have similar features?

People don't usually wear more than one watch or glasses at the same time while Qblinks works best in a "one-to-multiple" model. A single users may have multiple Qblinks, or family members interacting with the Qblinks Cloud. While it can be worn, it can also be placed in convenient locations and does not have to be worn.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

What phones will Qblinks work with?

Qblinks works with iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s and later iPhones, with iOS7 or later versions.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

What are some of the things a customer will be able to do with Qblinks?

When a user gets certain notifications, the LED lights blink in a specific color and pattern that the user assigns with Qblinks app. The only button on Qblinks allows users to activate Siri, use it as the Home button on iPhone, the camera shutter, music player control, or to send signals to the Qblinks Cloud. The Qblinks Cloud provides personalized settings for notification on Qblinks as well as how user wants to process the information, such as store it on Google drive or share with friends. With the Qblinks Cloud, Qblinks connects to other social platforms and expands it even broader.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

TechCrunch called Qblinks the "Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers." Can you tell us why the product is as versatile as a Swiss Army knife?

There are certain key features that differentiate it from others. First, Qblinks Cloud controls how users connect and share. Then, Qblinks can play as both Server and Client at the same time; in other words, it can remotely control iPhone features like Home, Siri or music player and also receive notifications directly from iOS notification center. Therefore, considering its multiple uses, it's fair to call it a Swiss Army knife.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

Where is the Qblinks team located?

Our development team is located in Taipei, Taiwan, while our distribution center is located in Santa Ana, California. Therefore, the warehouse is close to the main market, and the development team is close to the manufacturer for tuning.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

What made you and your team realize Qblinks was something worth building?

Qblinks team started working on BLE in March 2013, and gradually realized that Bluetooth Low Energy will surely play an important role in Internet of Things in the future, so the team decided to cut in with Qblinks.

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Kevin Stringer
09/09/2019

Qblinks is a smart phone remote controller and notification center. When did the Qblinks adventure begin?

The concept of Qblinks started in March 2013, way before iOS 7 was released. By then on the market, there was no such product designed for smartphone remote notifications. And then by the time iOS7 released on September 2013, the concept and Qblinks prototype just worked perfectly with it.