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Buttons and Actuators

Many years ago, we were thinking about simple ways of making dumb devices smarter. It was this line of thinking that eventually led to the creation of the Ubi.

One of the ideas was the last millimetre problem — how to push buttons on devices that weren’t Internet connected and get feedback. A name we floated around was WiFinger (maybe a bit too literal). The concept was a device that could be stuck to light switches, on oven control panels, or literally any device that had an on/off switch or button to make it Internet-enabled.

The beauty of the concept was that it didn’t require any installation of new plugs or electronics and repurposed old devices. Given that five years later, this concept is still not in the market, perhaps it’s a sign that either the idea is too early or there’s not a market.

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