Despite only being launched three weeks ago, the wand is already beginning
to get noticed on the conference circuit. The Kymera Wand has been selected
by PopTech, (the world’s premier innovation and new thinking event) to be
one of the handful of technologies that gets present to delegates as
products that will make a difference in the world next year. PopTech 2009:
America Reimagined runs from October 21 – 24 in Camden, Maine, USA.
Wandmaker Chris Barnardo is currently on his way to Camden where the Wand is being showcased.
The wand was shown and got great attention,
So many people came up to me and after about two minutes chatting suddenly said… “Ahh you’re
the Wand Guy!” I must have had that aha moment about 30 times and always
followed by a warm hearty handshake.
here are some tweets:
The_WandCompany: What a great few days; PopTech 2009 is over now, but the wand has made a load of new friends and in lots of ways I’ll be sad to leave
CostaVidaFred: @The_WandCompany I want a wand #PopTech
The_WandCompany: The wand presented to PopTech, lots of support, outside gorgeous late afternoon New England sunlight is filtered through maple leaves
bastholm: Read more about the mad wizard universal remote control on www.wand-control.com #poptech
kevinrussell: @valeskaUX re: chimera wand http://bit.ly/QDp8z (expand) ( @PopTech live on www.livestream.com/poptech ) http://ff.im/anGOJ
poptech: RT @dickrowan: “Magic” wand for controlling radio frequency devices like your TV remote. Seen at #poptech. http://bit.ly/2FO08h (expand)
dickrowan: “Magic” wand for controlling radio frequency devices like your TV remote. Seen at #poptech. http://bit.ly/2FO08h (expand) . Got to get one of these.
valeskaUX: @poptech where do I get one of those awesome magic wand?
innoceansedge: who Doesn’t want one?? RT @barkwheats: @poptech what was the name of that wand you’re giving away?
bastholm: Someone actually developed a wand that you can teach to control your home electronics Harry Potter style. So, so awesome #poptech
RafeFurst: @poptech where do we get one of those magic wand home remote controllers?
barkwheats: @poptech what was the name of that wand you’re giving away?
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Joe has been using the wand for some days and now gave his feedback in this forum thread.
I’m now actively using it to control (part of) our home theatre system. It certainly does work, even the twirling gesture that was tricky to pick up. Some comments:
this really is very cool, I’m not getting tired of it.
you want to think about your neutral hand position when you pick it up because some gestures don’t work well from some positions
the stabbing gesture is harder, not that it’s hard to do but that it’s hard to cleanly do it from some hand positions (and it’s easy to accidentally do the withdrawal gesture from it)
double-taps can be hard to execute quickly (I’ve got the Mute command on one and the phone rang…)
the IR emitter seems to have a pretty tight cone of effect compared to other programmable remotes; for some commands to some devices I have to point it right at the device
using it reinforces my desire to have an “activation/deactivation” command, i.e. a safety, in the next revision
yes, you can get a pair of commands in, but it takes repeated tries
I would like to be able to do longer code sequences, but you knew that
it’s actually quite convenient as an additional remote for me because unlike the bigger universal it doesn’t have to sit on a charger, please don’t change this (though I do wonder how quickly I’m going to kill the batteries)
thanks again for making this, it’s really a class act in so many ways!
Thanks for all the feedback and keep enjoying the Kymera Wand.
Once in a great while – like Susan Boyle – someone with great genius steps
up to the plate and delights a world.
I absolutely LOVED your website, unusual product, and appreciate the
creative genius that tied it all together. It’s so smart – so delightful -
so dynamic that I’m going to side step my intended topic for my “hub” (a
blog for writers/authors/etc.) and use your product and website as an
example. If you want the URL for “my brag” just let me know.
The only thing I couldn’t figure out was how to get back to “home.”
Thanks for all my fun today just clicking through your site, Lynn
Most people, when getting the wand into their hands start to wave it quite eagery like you would use a sword or club. But a wand is different. It needs careful, precise and minimal movements.
A realy wizard would never move its wand, he or she only does minimal gestures to perform magic just barely enough to support the spells. Otherwise any adversary would recognize spells in advance and could prepare counter spells rendering the wizard powerless.
So keep in mind, move your wand not like a stick you want to hit someone with but gently and precicely.
The Kymera Wand is a
that recognizes up to 13
gestures and sends the
according infrared signals.
It can learn infrared codes
from any remote control
(also Mac Apple Remote).
Gesture recognition is
achieved through an
built in accelerometer.
Ihr Kymera Zauberstab
ist ein wahrliches Meisterstück
der jede Ihrer Bewegungen
spürt und durch Strahlen
unsichtbaren Lichts die
meisten Geräte Ihrer
Umgebung aus der Ferne
Dieser Zauberstab ist
kein Spielzeug sondern
ein sorgsam kalibriertes