The microbot designed to push all your buttons

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The Microbot Push lets ordinary switches be flipped remotely.

The mechanical button or switch is that most simple of user interfaces. So simple that just about every electrical device in the home, from lights to coffee machines, will have one. With the goal of letting these legacy devices join the home automation bandwagon, South Korean startup Naran has come up with Microbot Push a wireless robotic “finger” designed to operate standard buttons and switches.

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Alexa Now Your Smart Home Assistant As Amazon Echo Adds SmartThings Device Support

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Amazon’s been working hard to improve Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that makes its Echo gadget more than just an ordinary Bluetooth speaker. Back in June, Amazon made available its Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it easy for developers to improve Alexa’s skill set. Now Amazon is launching a Lighting API for Alexa with the Samsung-owned SmartThings platform jumping on board.

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Insteon + Harmony Control your Insteon home from your Logitech Harmony remote.

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With Harmony and Insteon Hub, integrating Insteon devices into your home theater experience has never been easier.

Thanks to a Harmony action channel on IFTTT, you can trigger Insteon devices through Harmony IFTTT actions. It’s now possible to turn on the lights and set the whole-house audio to background music – and you can trigger it with any supported trigger on IFTTT like location, SMS or Automatic.

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