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In the smart home of the future, you'll be able to control everything from the lights to the shower temperature with your phone — but what fun is that? Nuimo is a device that connects to your other devices, allowing you to control them with natural gestures and a smoothly spinning dial. It's simply designed — just a circle with a rotating bezel, and an LED grid on top to show an icon for whatever mode the dial is in. You can tap it to select things, wave your hand over it to change apps or tracks, and of course spin the dial to control volume, timers and so on. The video gives a good idea of what will be possible.

There have been other devices with similar universal-remote aspirations, but the Nuimo is set apart by its understated design and high-quality construction. Of course, whether Nuimo works or not is more important, so hopefully lots of apps and devices will support it. If you're willing to make that bet, you can back the project on Kickstarter and pick one up for $120-$150 depending on whether you get there fast enough for the discounted offer.



—Devin Coldewey