Microbot Push lets you control buttons in your home remotely using a smartphone or computer.
The hottest topic in tech right now is undoubtedly the Internet of Things, a broad term that refers to devices and consumer products connected to the Internet and outfitted with expanded digital features — emphasis on connected. So what about our gizmos and gadgets that aren’t web-enabled? In an effort towards a more inclusive IoT, one South Korean startup has developed a product capable of making ordinary things smart.
Meet Microbot Push, a wireless robotic finger that can literally push analog buttons, just like a human finger does. It’s the latest suite of devices by Naran, a company that aims to “break barriers by technology innovations.” You’re probably wondering, if it performs such a simple task, what makes this button-pushing unit so innovative?
The novelty behind Microbot Push is its technology — Prota, which is Naran’s hardware and software ecosystem that brings users’ home to life. With Prota, Microbot Push works similar to IFTTT, where you can apply a set of instructions on the mobile app, and Microbot will automate buttons and switches whenever it fulfills your set of conditions.
For instance, you want coffee to be made as soon as you wake up. You can set a time for the Microbot to turn your coffee maker on. Now you can connect your ordinary appliances to the Internet, and it doesn’t require much brain power to set up. You simply adhere and adjust the Microbot to where you need a button or switch pushed, and then you can control it from your smartphone or computer. These robotic fingers can be activated from its accompanying app, or automated from the Prota system platform. It also allows for manual activation through Microbot’s capacitive touch button, so you can always push it yourself whenever it’s within reach.
Microbot Push measures at 2.46″ x 1.06″ x 1.25″, a compact size that can fit on pretty much any appliance. Aside from that, it boasts Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, a max torque of 1.6kgf, and a battery that can last for about six months until it has to be recharged via microUSB.
Are you looking for a simple way to make ‘dumb’ things smart? Microbot Push may be the solution. Naran is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo, with delivery slated for April 2016.