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Monday, 28 November 2011

TouchSquid Announces IR Code Capture Android App for Global Cache



November 28, 2011 TouchSquid is pleased to announce the availability of an IR Code Code App for Android smart devices for use with Global Cache Itach products and TouchSquid Remote Control App.

The TouchSquid IR Code Capture App allows the capture of IR codes that control infrared driven equipment. When used in conjunction with Global Cache Itach Products, the learned code is displayed and converted into TouchSquid file formats. These learned codes can then be used as input into the android device. The stored codes can be used to control and automate any device that accepts infrared control signals, using the TouchSquid Remote Control App.



This IR Code Capture App opens up the possibility of controlling other devices that accept infrared control signals, such as light switches, blinds, lighting, thermostat controls, to name a few. Since the TouchSquid remote app allows creating custom buttons in each activity, there is virtually no limit on the devices which might be controlled. The app will be on the Android Market and other markets beginning December 5.


According to Grahame Shannon, founder of TouchSquid Technology "Our new code capture utility will make it possible for the TouchSquid remote app to control anything with an infrared remote. Our client's asked for it, and we developed it in record time".

Thursday, 24 November 2011

TouchSquid Appoints Distributor in Slovenia




We are pleased to announce that PS Promis in Slovenia has been appointed our distributor for Slovenia.  Igor Sujko and his team is working with us in the Slovenian translation of screen prompts for the TouchSquid TV Remote Control tablet.   PS Promis is in the business of Domotics (home automation) and is also the distributor of the Belgian Teletask System,  instead of walking in the house to click hundreds of buttons and switches and knobs... his clients get a simple and nicely designed TELETASK wall panel where they click only one button.  His vision is that every household should have a basic automation system.

With the addition of TouchSquid remote control tablet in PS.Promis range of product offerings, Slovenians can now also enjoy what TouchSquid has to offer.

To Igor and his team, we say dobrodošli v ekipi.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Early Squid Adopters eagerly await TouchSquid airshipment




Excitement is building as we all await the arrival of the new TouchSquid tablets. We thank you for your trust and support during this market pre-launch. Early Squid adopters come from all around the world, as far as Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, England.... In the USA, we have adopters from Illinois, Texas, Florida, Washington, New York, Minnesota, Colorado... In Canada we have adopters from Alberta, BC... in Kamloops, Port Moody, North Vancouver, Duncan, Langley.... Your support meant a lot for us.

Since the first prototype arrived, we have been working very hard to get the production version built. Today, we received the final prototype version complete with packaging box, and the accompanying accessories.

If you live in Canada and the USA, your Squid tablets will likely arrive before Christmas. For our European early Squid adopters, your Squid tablets will likely arrive before the New Year.

We will keep you posted with more news and app reviews during the next few days as we gear up for the arrival date.  We will soon begin to set up dealers and distributors both locally and internationally.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

TouchSquid explains Can a Squid Change your Life?




Grahame Shannon explains how the TouchSquid remote control tablet concept was conceived. Using touchscreen technology, TouchSquid universal tv remote control tablet has a built-in IR blaster allowing it to control other devices through Wi-Fi. It incorporates less crowded, more dynamic and fluid user interfaces for virtual buttons; and in-remote virtual keyboards for simultaneous text input onto the screen.

The TouchSquid TV remote control tablet supports one-touch activity based control, which allows control of multiple devices at once. For example, a home theater setup might include a TV, a digital set top box and a home theater sound system. Pressing the 'Watch TV' activity button on the remote will turn on the TV, turn on digital set top box, turn on the sound system, switch the input of TV to the digital set top box and switch the input of the sound system to the set top box. In addition, the volume buttons would be mapped to the sound system, the channel buttons would be mapped to the digital set to box, and other controls to the most appropriate system component for the activity.

Above is a video that explains what the TouchSquid univeral tv remote control tablet does in non-technie words.

For those who already own a tablet, A TouchSquid universal tv remote control app is available on Android market access, Amazon android market, and the soc.io android app mall. This app will turn your android phone or other android tablet such as the Amazon Kindle Fire, Motorola Zoom, Samsung Galaxy into a TV remote control tablet. As these tablets do not have an IR blaster, they will need a Global Cache wifi to ir transmitter device.

TouchSquid entered strategic partnership with Global Cache

Nov. 3, 2011 We are proud to announce our strategic partnership agreement with Global Caché, a leading provider of connectivity products.  The agreement provides a platform for co-marketing and product compatibility. An Android tablet can be used as a universal home theater remote control using a combination of TouchSquid’s remote control app and a Global Caché iTach infrared device.

The Global Caché iTach is a family of products designed to connect almost any electrical device to a network in a matter of minutes. Based on open systems and industry standards, the ultra-compact device fits almost anywhere (even the palm of your hand), and includes a choice of wireless (WiFi) or wired (TCP/IP) connectivity to infrared (IR), serial (RS232), and contact closure (relay) equipment.

The Global Cache WIFI to IR transmitter
The new TouchSquid app for generic android tablets shows the company's dedication as solution developer in the home theatre remote control industry. The TouchSquid TV remote control tablet, our flagship product is an all-in-one remote control/tablet computer, but the generic TouchSquid App can turn virtually any Android tablet with an iTach from Global Caché into a fully featured, high end home theater remote control with large, easy to read virtual buttons, intuitive user interface, and customizable screens. The TouchSquid app  includes an extensive library of supported devices (growing all the time), and an internet connected tablet can be used to browse TV listings and reviews.

By having the ability to store multiple profiles, using activity based button layouts with automatic input switching, and providing a quick, easy way to get back on track when devices are out of sync (in the form of the Squid help button), the TouchSquid App eliminates a number of common “remote control headaches” and enhances a viewer’s home theater experience.

Beyond simply adding remote control functionality to Android devices (tablets and full screen smart phones), an iTach from Global Caché can eliminate the need for line of sight visibility of devices being controlled by TouchSquid’s all-in-one device, allowing devices to be hidden in a cabinet or a separate room.


Coupled with an iTach from Global Caché, this App will run on the Amazon Kindle Fire, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and many other generic Android tablets.

About Global Caché Inc.
Global Caché is a leading provider of connectivity products for homes and businesses. The company’s award-winning products include the GC-100 Network Adapters and the new iTach family of products, delivering WiFi and TCP/IP based connectivity to almost any electrical device in seconds. Global Caché products provide connectivity for network-based software to access, control, and deliver services in a networked environment to diverse and previously unconnected devices. Global Caché sells worldwide through distributors, VARs, and OEMs. For more information on Global Caché and our products and services visit them online at www.globalcache.com or call them at 541.899.4800      .