Touchsquid Universal TV Remote Control - a
- Tina Young
Touchsquid is a new category of home entertainment controller.
It not only controls all your devices but allows you to surf the
net, check your emails, and make video phone calls. The high
resolution 7" easy touch screen makes even small print easy to
Too many remotes and gadgets? The Touchsquid replaces a basket
of remotes and a tablet computer. With both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth,
the squid has connections aplenty.
Inspired by an idea of a
user-friendly universal TV remote control to manage the new
technology devices now available, Canadian immigrant
entrepreneur Grahame Shannon got out of retirement to once again
develop a new product.
Best known for his PC-based hull design software
and marine instrument software
AVIASAIL, Mr. Shannon took on
the challenge to develop the first TV remote control
android tablet. "Colonel Sanders started franchising KFC
at age 65, so I don't see why I should stop inventing new things
when I am barely 60 years."
Most TV remote controls in the market today are hardware based.
The Touchsquid is the first universal TV remote that is both
hardware and software based. Named Touchsquid, this
device allows the user to manipulate the many devices simply
with a touch or a flicker of the thumb.
With a powerful Freescale
processor and high resolution (1024 x 600 pixels) capacitive
touchscreen, the Touchsquid delivers a fast and fun user
experience. A huge database of device codes allows it to control
over 12,000 different home entertainment devices.
Most remotes have dozens of
tiny, hard to read buttons, often unlit. The Touchsquid's huge
7" screen allows big bright buttons that are easy to see and
operate, and can be programmed to only show the buttons needed.
The iconic RED EYE is that one button that will turn the many
devices on and off. Being software based, control buttons
can be resized big or small, making it easily visible in the
dark, particularly useful in home theatre settings.
While most universal remotes
are notoriously difficult to set up with some even requiring an
internet connection, another computer, and downloaded software,
the Touchsquid can be set up in minutes without help. The
Activity based setup means that the user can switch on all his
or her devices with the one RED EYE button. Watch TV, play a Blu-Ray
disc or record favorite shows, or best yet - Pop over to the
browser and check the TV guide, research a movie on IMDB or even
watch YouTube videos right on your Squid.
The Squid can run over 100,000
Android apps, most free, and some of them even useful! When the
TV is off, you can still use it to check email, surf the net, or
make a video call with the built in 1.3 MP camera and
microphone. Play your music collection through the built in
stereo speakers or plug in a pair of headphones. The Touchsquid
has 4 GB of built in storage and an SD card slot allowing you to
add an additional 32 GB (enough for a huge collection of music
The Squid comes with its own
nest, a drop in charging stand it lives in when not in use. Even
in the stand it can serve up the time, weather, remind you of
appointments or showcase your favorite photo slideshows.
The Touchsquid is powered by a long life lithium-ion polymer
battery, which unlike some is easily replaceable. The entire
device with battery is warranted for a full year including parts
Call for Income Tax Clinic Volunteers at the
West Coast Domestic
Every year, the West Coast Domestic Workers Association of
Canada (WCDWA)recruits a number of volunteers to help prepare
income tax returns at their annual income tax clinic. If you are
able to volunteer even just a few hours of your time during
Saturdays and Sundays in March and April 2011, they would be
extremely grateful. All
candidates must have prepared at least one Canadian income
tax return (even their own) before signing up as a volunteer.
Tax clinic volunteers will be provided with a one day training
from a representative of the Canada Revenue Agency, as well as
advice and supervision from one of the volunteer accountants
(that can be you) who will be supervising our 2009 clinic. In
addition, every volunteer will receive a “Certificate of
Acknowledgment” following completion of the income tax clinic.
If you are interested in learning more about Canadian income tax
rules, or if you hope to advance a career in the accounting
field, you will undoubtedly benefit from volunteering with
WCDWA’s income tax clinic. You will also have the opportunity to
give back to the community, helping live-in caregivers to
prepare accurate and timely returns.
To sign up as a volunteer, or for
more information about this volunteer opportunity, please
contact Linh Tsiu, CGA at 604.786-2566 or email her at
The West Coast Domestic Workers' Association (WCDWA) is
20-year-old non-profit association that provides free legal assistance
in the form of advocacy, support and counselling to live-in caregivers
based in British Columbia. Its free legal advice creates greater access
to justice for marginalized workers, while its Public Legal Education
initiatives promote self-advocacy by disseminating information about the
obligations and rights of caregivers in Canada. WCDWA operates a drop-in
clinic six days a week. Its Legal Services Staff provide information and
referral, summary advice and full legal representation to caregivers.
Issues most commonly reported fall under immigration, family and
employment law. WCDWA promotes law reform by advocating for improvements
to provincial and federal legislation and policies, particularly
regarding the Live-In Caregiver Program. Its community building and life
skills training initiatives provide caregivers with vital language,
negotiation and legal skills. WCDWA facilitates a self-help and social
network to help mitigate the isolation suffered by live-in caregivers.
office is located at
302-119 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5
604-669-4482 (within the Lower Mainland)
1-888-669-4482 (outside the Lower Mainland)
The company's tagline -
You only need one
The iconic red eye button
Named lovable Mr. Touchsquid, it
takes 8 tentacles to manipulate the
different devices, but with
Touchsquid doing all the work,
you just need that one RED EYE button.
The music used in this Youtube
video is by
Canadian folk band singer
Nannies Voice is the monthly
newsletter of West Coast Domestic Workers' Association. It is
distributed to members and available in our office. BC
Federation of Labour provides in-kind printing.
To receive your own copy of the Nannies' Voice, you must become
a member of the organization. For details, please visit WCDWA's
click on the link entitled "Becoming a Member". A one-year
subscription to Nannies' Voice costs $25 for caregivers, and $30
for non-caregivers or community groups.