bRight Switch is a color, touch-screen wall switch that provides simple touch selections for immediate use of lights, security, intercom, Pandora® and Skype®.
(Skype and Pandora may be replaced with similar applications available in your country)
bRight Switch is the next generation of wall technology for homes around the world.
bRight Switch installs in a standard light switch wall opening, either alone or alongside traditional switches.
Those who pledge will:
Save 30% or more in Lighting Cost with bRIght Switch's built in Occupancy Sensors.
Save 4-9% automatically with bRight Switch's built in Light Dimming features.
Save 20% on Lighting Cost by dimming all types of lights.
- Save 100% by turning off lights not in use through the built in Z-Wave control based timer, time or occupancy features.
No More Boring Faceplates
The translucent touch buttons are an overlay on the background image of your choice. Select one of the included standard wallpapers, or import your own. In this way the colors used in your home can be matched or complimented as you wish, or a switch can be customized with a seasonal or family picture.
bRight Switch can turn on and off lights at predetermined times, or when you go on vacation, but what makes it impressive is that bRight Switch learns from your routine.
bRight Switch stores all the usage data as it learns your habits and your power usage, shutting off lights when you leave and turning them on when you come home.
Control your bRight Switches from anywhere you have Internet, via your account on the bRight Switch web site. Android, iPhone, Windows and Blackberry phones, tablets and PC browsers are supported.
bRight Switch mounted with custom cover alongside a traditional switch
bRight Switch replaces the light switches in your home with smart, wireless-connected switches which can be used to do everything from dim lights to control music playback, and more.
2 DIFFERENT BRIGHT SWITCH MODELS
bRight Switch: The Cadillac of wall technology, an Android wall switch with custom software and hardware at a very reasonable price. (non-Bluetooth)
bRight Switch uses Wi-Fi to reach the Internet and for extended functions, and the Z-wave standard to talk to lights and other wireless products. Z-wave allows bRight Switch to control lights not directly wired to the switch.
Simple touch selections provide immediate use of lights, security, intercom, Pandora® and Skype®.
bRight Switch BLUE: The Bugatti of wall technology. bRight Switch BLUE has all the same features as bRight Switch but includes upgraded electronics for 3-way installations, inclusion of Bluetooth and all 3 rings: Brushed Aluminum, Gold and Plastic.
With Bluetooth, this unit can link to external speakers for full spectrum sound, or can track your phone, providing a custom personalized experience as you move from room to room.
What can we say? The folks at Bellatrix are into tech. We have been designing and manufacturing electronics for, well, let’s just say a long time. We love it!
bRight Switch uses an Android powered, capacitive touch display married to high voltage control electronics and is patent pending in several areas.
Included in the faceplate section are the following hardware functions:
Electrical Switch Features
- Learning mode: Learns from your usage patterns over time and automatically turns on your lights based on your living patterns, saving you time and energy.
- Dimmer: Use the kind of bulb you want. Selectable for incandescent, CFL, LED bulbs.
- Wake up alarm, vacation and on-time timers: No more searching for that vacation timer for the lamp or trying to remember if you turned off the bathroom fan.
- Proximity detection/motion sensing: Can turn off your lights when you leave the room, or when no one is using it—great for safety and saving energy.
- Z-Wave control: On/Off and dimmer functions.
- Temperature: F or C display.
- Nightlight/daylight: Dims/brightens screen automatically
- Other features: Clock/date display, room name/message display.
- Voltage / Frequency: 110-240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 600 watts.
- Arm One or All: Selectable between arming one unit or all units.
- Video: Live or recorded video.
- Video Transmit: From switch to switch. (Wi-Fi Required).
- Proximity/motion Record: Records video of the room when alarm is set.
- Sends Message and Image to Phone: When alarm is triggered.
- Video Block: Camera Cover blocks/un-blocks video and images.
- WiFi Camera: Accepts WiFi camera video for baby’s room, front porch, or?
- Bluetooth Camera: Accepts Bluetooth camera video. Blue Only.
- Zone Arming: Future feature-coming.
- Sends video to phone: Future feature-coming.
- All Call: One unit calls all units, then listens.
- Room Talk (Call): One unit talks to one unit.
- Room Monitor: Great for listening for baby.
- One-Touch Activation.
- Bluetooth headset: Blue only.
- Phone Follow Me: Future feature-coming.
- Follow Me Automatic: Future Feature-Music follows automatically. Blue Only, must carry Bluetooth device.
- One-Touch Activation.
- External Bluetooth Speakers: Blue only.
- Follow Me: Music forwarded unit to unit. Must select at each unit.
- Follow Me Automatic: Music follows automatically. Blue Only, must carry Bluetooth device.
- Runs Standard Android Apps.
- Open API.
Bellatrix will be supplying an open API to encourage developers to create new applications for bRight Switch. Please see the links at the bottom of this page for more information.
Bellatrix Systems is a small Bend Oregon company that has been engineering and manufacturing mechanical and electronic products for many years. We are already established with manufacturing in the United States and Asia. You can trust that we can deliver.
You’re welcome to check out our website at www.bellatrix.com.
But to make a product like bRight Switch we need two things: One, many of you saying you want this amazing new creation, and two, the finances your commitment to join us will bring. A product like this only happens if you want it and are willing to join the effort. Please join us by making a contribution.
Your contributions will be used to evolve the prototypes we have into manufactured products and to deliver those products to you. A rough overview of the steps required are:
Finalize hardware and software designs
Create manufacturing drawings and specifications
Obtain regulatory approvals (FCC, CE, UL, etc.)
Build molds and manufacturing fixtures
Build first run products
Design and create packaging
Design and create user manuals and instructions
It sounds like a lot, we agree. That's a reason a lot of crowd funded products either don’t make it to market or run way over time and budget. But rest assured, we have done this process many times from start to finish. If you will join our team, we will do our part and deliver bRight Switch to your door.
After funding, we expect to start deliveries in July of 2014.
The bRight Switch faceplate is the tablet and the base is the part that attaches to the home wiring. The faceplate simply plugs into the base.
If you can install a light switch, you can install bRight Switch, or please call your friendly electrician. Once the base is installed, plugging in the faceplate is simple and only involves low voltage.
bRight Switch installs in standard light switch wall boxes, either alone or alongside traditional switches using bRight Switch custom face plates.
Always turn off the power at the breaker before installing any electrical product, including bRight Switch, to avoid a hair-raising experience!
Base Installed in Wall With Two Screws (Wires go to screws-not shown for clarity). Base Installed in wall with two screws. A hot and neutral (black and white) wire are required.
Faceplate Plugs into Base (Screen shown active for clarity). We will supply a custom faceplate if you are mounting beside an existing switch. After the campaign we will contact you regarding the type you need.
PLEASE NOTE: EVERY bRIGHT SWITCH COMES WITH A BASE
Product availability, usage & warranty
Q: Will the plastic trim rings be available in colors other than white?
A: Yes, initially we will be offering white and ivory.
Q: Do I need to replace all my switches and outlets to be able to use bRight Switch in my house?
A: No way, you can use as many or as few as you would like.
Q: What stops others from changing my settings or controlling my bRight Switch?
A: All bRight products use link codes and encryption that only authorize the devices you select. Underneath it's complicated, but bRight Switch handles all that for you automatically; and yes, you can reset to factory defaults if you move.
Q: Will bRight Switch work in other countries?
Q: Will I be able to use the outlets in any location?
A: Ultimately, you will be able to use them near wet locations. But this series will be coming out after our initial funding campaign. The first units will not carry the GFCI feature.
Q: Does the system use power when the user is not using it?
A: Bellatrix Systems is an expert in ultra-low power design and have integrated that expertise into bRight Switch, so the components use virtually no power when not being used, unless you ask them to. The radio and power supplies shut off and bRight Switch can be set to go to sleep when not being used.
However, you can ask bRight Switch to stay awake and displaying at all times, or dim whenever you like. In these cases the units are using energy, but even then at levels far, far below that used by even a single light bulb. For example, a a 40 watt light bulb needs more than 40 times as much energy as bRight Switch with its display switched on full time.
Q: What warranty applies to the products?
A: All bRight Switch products will carry a one-year limited warranty.
Pledges & shipping
Q: Do I need to add shipping cost to my order?
A: Not for domestic pre-orders. It’s one of our ways of saying thanks. For international orders outside the United States please add the amount shown on the perk. PLEASE NOTE: IMPORT DUTIES AND FEES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CONTRIBUTOR.
Q: When will I receive my pledge perks?
A: We are anticipating delivery in July of 2014. We want to make sure your bRight Switch meets all of our standards and expectations, and are working great when you receive them. If things are delayed, we will be sure to let you know well ahead of time.
Installation & set-up
Q: Do I need an electrician to install bRight Switch?
A: Probably not. If you can install a light switch you should have no problem installing bRight Switch. Just remember to turn off the power at your circuit box before installing the base to avoid a hair-raising experience. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, any trained electrician can easily install bRight Switch for you.
Q: How hard is it to set up bRight Switch after I wire it in?
A:Not hard at all. If you can program your phone’s alarm clock or use a smart phone, it’ll be a piece of cake.
Q: Do I need to connect my bRight Switch devices to my Wi-Fi network to communicate with each other?
A: Yes for video and intercom functions.
Q: Will bRight Switch work in a 3-way configuration?
A: Yes! bRight Switch Blue will work in a traditional 3-way setup. And all bRight Switches will work with other bRight Switches or Z-Wave switches in a 3-way arrangement.
Q: Can I wire a bRight Switch outlet or switch directly without using the base?
A: No, the system is designed to work with the bRight Switch base. All bRight Switches come with a base.
Q: Will my custom setup be lost if the power goes out?
A: No, our switches and outlet use flash memory, so while you won’t be able to use them when the electricity goes out, they will still maintain all your settings as they were when the electricity does come back.
3rd party development
Q: How can I incorporate a product with the bRight Switch modular technology? Is there an SDK/API?
A: We very much encourage others to incorporate bRight Switch technology into their products. We will publish the open API as soon as it is complete. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details further.
Co-founder and CEO Steve Morris has been part of a lot of successful product launches at Bellatrix over the past 25 years. But until this one is funded, he’s going to be making life absolutely miserable for the rest of us.
Ray Lundy is General Manager/COO at Bellatrix and the real genius behind the bRight Switch. But more than that, he’s our Zen Master and resident expert on Eastern philosophy. So he fully understands the ripple effect his nifty invention could have.
As a kid in West Linn, Oregon, Charlie Vickery,our VP of Manufacturing, enjoyed taking apart electrical things. After 20 years at Bellatrix and as head of manufacturing and logistics for the bRight Switch products, he knows a thing or two about putting them together.
A resident of Bend since he was one year old, and a Bellatrix employee since 1997, Steve McNeil,is not only our Lead Hardware Engineer, but a certified Dance Instructor. When this project gets funded, you can bet he’ll be busting out a few moves.
A native of Red Deer, Alberta, James Hewson, our Software Engineering Manager, is leading our software development team for products and smart phone apps. He hopes to use this project as a springboard to become supreme overlord of a large software team.
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