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Bluetooth-Controlled Button Can Start Appliances

  • The Verge, Thursday, November 5, 2015 11:51 AM

Connecting analog devices to the Internet of Things can be a hassle. If your stereo doesn't have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, then how will you tell it to start automatically playing your sweet jams when you get home after work? The answer might be a robotic finger called the Microbot Push: a low-energy Bluetooth device that can be stuck to any surface and that physically pushes buttons when you wirelessly tell it to. The Push is the creation of Korean startup Naran, which unveiled the device earlier this year and is preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo on November 9th. Each Push connects to an internet-connected hub via low-energy Bluetooth and from there can be accessed online and controlled via app.

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