From our weekly newsletter.
This week we are presenting smart buttons.
We simply love tactile buttons! I cannot stress that enough. Stick it where you need it, then just reach out and press it. No getting your phone out, unlocking, looking for the app, waiting for the app to load etc etc. (did you count how many steps?).
The reason for featuring smart buttons this week is the release of the Logitech POP. It has many benefits, and some flaws as well. We really like the products that integrate with the POP even at such an early stage. The fact that it works with SmartThings means that you can easily create some very useful scenarios. Anything that works with SmartThings can be controlled by a push of this button.
Next smart button is the Flic. A great device, which doesn’t need a hub so it works outside the home as well. We believe they should increase their partnerships with more Smart Home products to really unleash the power of this thing.
Another cool button is the…Bttn! Some special features of this connected button is that it comes in two sizes, it can work on cellular data or Wi-Fi, and the battery is rechargable. Like the flic, they need to add more integrations
Finally, the Amazon Dash Button. For the programmers out there Amazon has a limited release programmable IoT button which you can program to control IoT devices. You can learn more and order it here.
A similar professionally installed product that comes to mind with these wireless buttons is the Lutron Pico wireless remote which works with HomeWorks QS. A programmer can program it to control more than just lights, even though it’s not advertised much. For me this is the “Pro” equivalent of the above buttons, and much more powerful when programmed with the scenarios that work for you. If you have a Lutron HomeWorks QS lighting control system, plus a home automation system such as Crestron, Control4, Savant or other, you can ask your Home Tech Pro to provide and program Pico wireless buttons in your house to do anything that your automation system is capable of. (Note that your system will need QSM wireless interfaces for the Pico to work).
On the same subject we have two new posts in our blog, both by Schmoid:
Read about why we don’t like multiple hubs → Minimize Your Hubs
Read why connected buttons are brilliant for the smart home → There Will Be Buttons
Final word…the more physical buttons you add to your Smart Home, the better experience you will have, period.
That’s all for this week. See you soon!
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