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bttn Joins Icontrol Networks New Program Intended to Spur Smart Home Innovation

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September 08, 2014

bttn Joins Icontrol Networks New Program Intended to Spur Smart Home Innovation

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich
TMCnet Contributing Writer

The bttn, which has been dubbed "the simplest Internet user interface in the world" by its creator The Button Corporation, has joined Icontrol Networks new OpenHome Labs program.

OpenHome Labs aims to accelerate smart home innovation by offering developers and makers assistance in turning their ideas into actual products for sale. The program provides hands-on mentoring and resources to guide device startups, direct market exposure to leading connected home service companies, and specialized branding intended to give funders more confidence that the product will be successful.

By becoming a part of OpenHome Labs, bttn will be OpenHome Certified upon its launch and work seamlessly with other certified devices already featured in homes.

The bttn device is an Internet-connected physical push button that when pushed will trigger a pre-defined action or chain of actions. The device will then use both tactile and visual feedback to notify the user whether or not the action or actions were successful.

Examples of what the bttn can be used for include a child pressing the device when they arrive home, which causes their parent to receive a SMS message letting them know. Or another example would  be a warehouse employee pressing the bttn when a pallet is ready to go, which then informs the logistics company to send in a van to pick it up. An action can also be triggered if the device is not pressed within a given time period, which gives way to a multitude of possibilities especially for senior citizens as an "I am OK" bttn can be created and the bttn can even be used as a reminder for taking pills.

The bttn will be able to be used by every family member, no matter how technically skilled.

"Icontrol Networks' vision is to provide a connected home solution for every household, so people worldwide spend less time managing their lives and more time living them," Harri Rautio, CEO and founder of bttn, said in a statement. "This ties perfectly in with our vision of creating a supersimple yet versatile interface that automates common tasks and operates existing ecosystems and devices."

In addition to OpenHome Labs, Icontrol has also announced a new partnership with global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The partnership will give connected devices launched on Indiegogo special access to the OpenHome Labs program and will help ensure long-term success for entrepreneurs.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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