Korean startup Naran is preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a simplistic gadget that lets you push buttons or flip switches remotely via the Internet.
The device is called the Microbot Push. It’s a small mechanical device that, when activated, extends a small arm out that can be used to push a physical button or switch. The Bluetooth-powered button-pusher connects to a hub called Prota and can manually be activated via mobile app or from a computer (there’s also a physical button on top of the gadget that you can push to activate it).
The obvious application is wall switches but as shown in the clip above, its usefulness is only limited by your imagination and creativity. You could, for example, use a Microbot to turn on your computer while away from home for remote desktop use or power on your coffee maker when you wake up.
The Prota hub also allows you to automate Microbots using other sensors and services. For example, you could have your Microbots turn on your home’s lights when the sun goes down or fire up the coffee pot just by typing a phrase on Slack.
There are plenty of home automation solutions already on the market – even ones that allow you to build your own gadgets like littleBits – but few are as basic and practical as Microbot Push. Perhaps the only complaint is that they aren’t all that aesthetically pleasing.
Naran will be launching an Indiegogo campaign to fund Microbot Push starting November 9. The company also plans to show off its nifty gadget at CES early next year ahead of a planned March launch date in North America and Europe.