OK, these are now available to pre-order from Amazon with an expected ship date in the next three weeks. And the IFTTT channel is open.
You will need the $99 Prota if you want to do anything other than just control the microbot with your phone. The prota is also required if you want to use the IFTTT channel.
The $49 push is ordered separately. Or you can get a starter kit with the bridge and three microbots and an adhesive for $249.
So if you want just one of these and you want to integrate with anything else, it’s very expensive. If you want several, the cost of the prota gets divided over the number of microbots and it becomes an expensive option but not superexpensive compared to other alternatives for retrofitting button press devices. And it’s easy and looks nice.
Most people won’t want these. But if you have an existing coffee maker or DVD player or even a dishwasher where are all you want is a way to automate a button press, this might be a good choice.
I haven’t actually seen one, so I don’t know what the build quality is or how well the software works. The company has serious engineering credentials, though, and I really like the design options they put into it.
I do want to try one, because I do have some devices that I can’t physically manage and for whatever reason doesn’t work well for my service dog.
But I just recently put in some light switches and my home automation budget is empty until December, so I’m going to wait to order this for now.
If anybody else gets one and tries it, let us know how it works.