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Meet Microbot Push, a home automation gadget lazy people will love

Published Nov 5th, 2015 4:45PM EST
Internet Of Things Microbot Push

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A South Korean startup called Naran has come up with an incredibly clever way for users to control and automate any type of switch-oriented task you can think of. By attaching low-energy Bluetooth devices called “Microbot Push” (or wireless robotic fingers, to be precise) to manual switches, users can rely on an accompanying smartphone app to more easily accomplish any number of tasks, from starting up a coffee machine in the morning to effortlessly turning light switches on and off.

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But that’s just the beginning of what these Push gadgets can do. Following in the footsteps of services like IFTTT, Naran’s design allows users to create their own automated workflows for household items. For instance, you can program Push to turn on the air conditioner once the temperature in your home rises above a certain threshold. Some other examples Naran highlights include the ability to start an espresso machine via a “time for coffee” message sent in Slack and the ability to have the lights in your living room automatically turn on once you get home.

While some futuristic gadgets feature incredibly intriguing technology, they’re not always all that practical. What Naran seems to have come up, while arguably a bit clunky, actually seems like something worthwhile.

Nonetheless, you might have to wait a while before these gadgets become available. An Indiegogo campaign for the device is slated to launch on November 9.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.