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Now control your lights and fans with a simple TV remote - meet hardware startup GoQick

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If you want to enable home automation but cannot understand or afford it, check GoQick. This Mumbai-based hardware startup wants to popularise it in middle-class India.

‘Your TV remote is your new switchboard,’ screams the GoQick website.

Intrigued? Well, you should be. Because Mumbai-based hardware startup GoQick has developed an uncomplicated product that promises to do just that.

GoQick built a microcontroller-based miniature device that can be installed in ceiling fans, LED bulbs, tube lights and decorative lights so that you can control them with a regular TV remote. Microcontrollers are basically circuits with integrated microprocessors. These are popularly used in automobiles, electrical appliances and computer peripherals.

There are three prototypes of the product, one each for fans, LED bulbs, and switch blocks. GoQick has already acquired two design patents, and one utility patent is awaiting approval.

Kaustubh Tapke, Founder of GoQick, showcasing 'Fantrol'

“For now, we are focusing on fan control. The product Fantrol can retrofit in any brand of ceiling........

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