Spark IO Offers a Button for Internet of Things
The Spark Internet Button enables users to interact with the IoT by creating triggers and responses in connected devices.Spark IO is giving people a way to more easily tap into the burgeoning Internet of things and make it work they way they want. The startup, one of several companies whose aim is to enable people to more easily connect appliances and systems to the Internet of things (IoT) via WiFi, is offering a tiny physical device that people can use to create their own interactions with the Internet. The company calls the $49 device the Spark Internet Button, and it's hooked into the IFTTT service to more easily enable the interactions with a broad array of connected things. The company also has created its own channel on IFTTT, where users can create "recipes" to lead to actions between channels. There are about 160 channels on IFTTT from such established companies as ESPN, Facebook, Box, eBay, LinkedIn, Twitter, Sports Illustrated and Google's Nest connected device unit. IFTTT, a separate company from Spark, stands for "if this, then that," and the recipes on the IFTTT Website enable people to create actions that can trigger a response. Through the Spark Internet Button—which can be preordered now and will be available in March—users can leverage the IFTTT site to establish responses to triggers.
In announcing the Spark Internet Button, company officials listed some examples of how the device, hooked into the IFTTT service, could work. Users could set up the button so that when they get home, they click a button and lights and devices inside the home turn on. The trigger could come from Google Calendar ("if this"), with the response ("then that") coming from the lights and other devices connected with Spark.