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Bttn: One button to rule them all

Bttn: One button to rule them ...
Bttn is a big red button which can be programmed to perform a multitude of tasks
Bttn is a big red button which can be programmed to perform a multitude of tasks
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Bttn is a big red button which can be programmed to perform a multitude of tasks
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Bttn is a big red button which can be programmed to perform a multitude of tasks
Bttn glows red when there is an error completing an IFTTT Recipe
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Bttn glows red when there is an error completing an IFTTT Recipe
Bttn comes in a range of different colors, but red has to be the logical choice
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Bttn comes in a range of different colors, but red has to be the logical choice
Bttn glows green when there is an IFTTT Recipe has been completed
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Bttn glows green when there is an IFTTT Recipe has been completed
Bttn glows yellow when an IFTTT Recipe is being processed
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Bttn glows yellow when an IFTTT Recipe is being processed

With the world seemingly transferring everything online to apps and cloud services, we're losing touch with how our actions trigger reactions. Bttn, a physical button that can be used in any way its owner sees fit, is an attempt to bring back a tactile element to the way we connect with everyone and everything around us.

To understand Bttn you first need to understand IFTTT (If This Then That). IFTTT is a service which enables users to connect various Web applications. Using its Recipes function, you can set one application to act in a certain way when another condition is met. The "This" is a trigger such as "When I am tagged in a photo on Facebook," while the "That" is an action such as "Send me an SMS text message."

IFTTT is a powerful tool to have in your arsenal, and Bttn brings IFTTT offline and into the real world. Bttn is, on the face of it, just a simple red button figuratively begging to be pressed. What happens when it's pressed depends entirely on what action Bttn has been programmed to trigger.

Bttn glows red when there is an error completing an IFTTT Recipe
Bttn glows red when there is an error completing an IFTTT Recipe

Individuals could use Bttn to let their child send a text message to their parents when they get home from school, or enable them to order a pizza from the local restaurant when they're too tired to make dinner. Businesses could use Bttn to notify the boss when someone arrives for work, or to allow customers to register their satisfaction with the service on their way out of the door.

Whatever IFTTT Recipe is programmed into Bttn, the device will connect to The Button Corporation servers and turn the trigger into an action. LED lights on Bttn will glow yellow when the request is being processed, green when it's completed, and red if there is an error. Bttn achieves all of this via Wi-Fi, SMS, or data connection. A pair of AA batteries are all that's needed to power Bttn for a whole year.

Bttn is available to pre-order for €69 (US$94) with deliveries expected to begin in October ... giving interested parties plenty of time to test out IFTTT in preparation.

Source: BT.TN

3 comments
wle
worlds silliest $100 thing wle
Roma Khudoleyev
Waiting for the $5 chinese knockoffs../$94 is ridiculous
Tuppe
Ridiculous price, even if it had bluetooth/Wlan/IR/GSM support. I'd maybe use one like this for TV mute button, but I rather build it myself.