Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:55

Bluetooth device for contextual push notifications

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A team of five engineers from Berkeley, California, has founded a start-up called Iota Labs to manufacture a device called Dot that will use location tracking to make notifications from a smartphone contextual.

The company has launched a Kickstarter project to raise money for the manufacture of the device and have crossed their goal of US$20,000 nearly four times over with 14 days still left.

Dot is a small beacon-like device which can be fixed to any surface and is detected by a smartphone when the user gets within a specified distance. A push notification is then triggered, depending on context.

It uses Bluetooth 4 for detection and saves the user having to constantly attend to notifications that pop up randomly.

The notification can be set through an app that is based on the IFTTT (If this, then that) principle.

More than one person can use a single Dot which has an embedded LED that provides information through a change of colour.

There are apps for both iOS and Android to use with Dot which is expected to be available by March 2017.

Each device costs US$20 and the creators say they will ship it to any location.


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