A group of UC Berkeley engineers and entrepreneurs have formed IoTa Labs and launched their physical push notification 'dot' on Kickstarter, and it has already crushed its $20,000 goal. Dot uses precise location tracking to make your smartphone's notifications 'highly contextual'.
Simply stick a dot to somewhere you frequent, for example, in the car, workplace or home, and assign notifications to that dot. Via Bluetooth, the dot will then communicate with the smartphone to inform it of your location, and the relevant notifications will then be sent to the smartphone.
Contextual app launching
Dot enables your smartphone to open up apps you frequently use in specific areas. Imagine getting into your car and instantly being routed home as your favourite Spotify playlist blasts through the speakers. Dot uses context to streamline your life.
Digital post-it notes
Not only does the Dot just work as an App Launcher, but it can also be used to communicate with others who are nearby the Dot also.
Dot can enable your smartphone to send you updates when you walk into a new area. Use this as a personal secretary when you walk into work in the morning or as a chore reminder when you enter your garage.
Dot changes colour when you walk into range, making it the ultimate signal shortcut. Dot can track reminders, weather, stocks, food spoilage, energy conservation, etc.
Smart home control
With precise location tracking you can control all your smart home devices by walking into a room. Lights can turn on or off, the coffee machine can start, and the thermostat can adjust to your preferences. Dot is a flexible, inexpensive alternative to smart home controllers.
The technology behind the Dot
"Context makes our smartphones exponentially smarter."