Kickstarter Spotlight: Dot: The Physical Push Notification
Welcome to a new series on Mobile Canuck. Each week (maybe more!) I will spotlight a new and exciting Kickstarter project that is worth having a look at.
First up in the series is "Dot: The Physical Notification".
What is Dot?
The "Dot" is a location based tracking tag of sorts that will perform a specific task based you have assigned to it when you enter the area that the Dot is secured.
For example, when you enter the garage after arriving home from work, the Dot can alert you to start dinner, or to take the trash out.
Think of Dot as a physical "IFTTT" (If This Than That) device.
The Dot connects to your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. As mentioned, when you get within range of your Dot it will understand where you are and remind you of only the notifications relevant to that location.
Dot can also be used to control smart home devices such as light bulbs or thermostats and since it is specific to your device, any family member can set it to adjust those devices to their preference when they enter the space.
You can also use Dot for more simple things such as seeing if your roommate is home and if they are busy or not. A Dot placed on their door can indicate if they are they and based on colour selection, can be used as a visual queue to say "C'mon in!" or "Go away!".
The Dot is controlled via the companies iOS or Android app, as seen below.
The Dot team has opened their API up to developers making the use cases for this device endless.
How much is Dot and when can I get one?
Currently, the Dot has based their Kickstarter goal almost 5 times over with a little under $100,000 pledged buy 1,400 plus backers.
With 7 days remaining, a pledge of $20 will get you one Dot, while $55 will net you three Dots. You can pledge all the way up to $5,000 for 20+ Dots and a "Small Business Tracking Solution"
The Dot team expects delivery of the Dot to backers for March of 2017.
Check the Dot out on KICKSTARTER