So it’s been brought up a number of times… the idea of a smart button. For those new the idea it would be just a simple push button that resides on the SmartThings network. The user could program this button to do many different things… from as simple as turning on/off a light, to as complex as running a routine. For example, I might put a button by my side door. When I leave the house I push the button and it turns off an lights that are on, then pauses 5 minutes. After that it closes any garage doors that are open, locks any doors that are unlocked, and if no presence FOBs are detected, and the date is between October and March it lowers the thermostat a bit to save on heating costs.
The idea of the smartbutton is much like the SmartAlarm clock I proposed in another thread… it’s an easy, zero learning curve way for anyone to interact with the SmartThings network. I don’t need to pull my smartphone out of my pocket to run a routine. My kids and wife don’t need to do anything fancy to use the advanced features, just push a button.
Well if this has been discussed before (and SmartThings has indicated they are interested in the idea), why bring it up again? Well, last night I had one of those little brainstorms. It struck me that the majority of the cost of a smart button is probably going to be the radio, the circuit board, the battery… the actual button itself is doing to be a relatively small portion of the cost. Furthermore, I can envision having a number of these buttons around my house… in some cases, like my living room or by my door I’d probably end up with 2 or 3 or even 4, all for different tasks. So why not have a double or triple or even quadruple button. One device with multiple buttons. One radio, one circuit board, 4 buttons. That would be a lot cheaper than 4 separate devices.
What do you think?