Dot : The Physical Push Notification System
Dot is a very interesting take on notifications and smart actions. It is literally a physical notification light, but it can do much more than tell you when there’s a new Facebook comment or Twitter retweet. Its main focus is creating location-aware smart system. The Dot system comes complete with a companion application allowing you to control applications, create digital Post-its and more.
A Dot is essentially a Bluetooth beacon that you stick on any surface. As your smartphone gets closer, it can detect the exact distance based upon signal strength, and send a push notification when you get within a certain distance. What’s cool about Dot is that you can program that notification to contain anything, through an app inspired by popular internet recipe-making platform IFTTT.
The makers have announced that they will add a small button to the Dot if the campaign crosses $50K in backing, when we published this article, it was at $45K, so that too doesn’t seem far away!
Now available for preorder on Kickstarter, an individual Dot is quite reasonably priced at around $20 each, and you get a discount when you order three or more. If push notifications are driving you insane, this seems like a cheap way to give them genuine smarts.