The physical world and ‘Internet of Things‘ movement continues to grow closer and closer together and today that gap got a bit smaller with the new Internet Button from Spark. Known for its ‘Photon‘ stamp-sized WiFi module, Spark is taking it a step further today with a physical button that can trigger a lot of action on the internet. If you are someone that has a frequent repeated task that is compatible with If This Then That (IFTTT), then you won’t want to miss the new Internet Button.
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While the internet is becoming more and more prevalent in our homes, thermostats and even our coffee brewers, there is still a sense of physical disconnect between what we can touch and the interwebs. Spark’s LED-surrounded Internet Button brings these two worlds closer together, working as a physical button to activate a myriad of internet actions. Building off the previously released Photon, which is built-in and adds WiFi, the Button offers a physical trigger for many internet based actions. The lighting system around the switch can provide visual alerts of events such as someone coming home or your dog wandering out of your backyard.
For example, do you often need to alert someone when you are at your desk or leaving? You can trigger that action with the Internet Button. Perhaps you want to trigger your latest WeMo Maker invention before leaving the office? Give it a push on the button. If you are an IFTTT disciple, then this may be the perfect gadget to add to your arsenal.
Ultimately, the Spark Internet Button feels like another step in the weird bridging of the internet and the world around us. But that’s not to say it isn’t capable of some pretty cool things. The Internet Button comes in at $49 and will be available in May.
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