Control & Automation

The Most Interesting Use of a ‘Microbot Push’ Automated Button-Presser

App developer Howie Cooperstein uses Microbot Push to press the button on a Philips Hue bridge.

The Most Interesting Use of a ‘Microbot Push’ Automated Button-Presser
Prota's Microsoft Push presses the LINK button on a Philips Hue Bridge for OnSwitch app developer Howie Cooperstein.

Julie Jacobson · January 9, 2017

Howie's own UI on MicroBot Push

Howie Cooperstein has developed an app called OnSwitch that brings advanced functionality to Philips Hue smart-lighting systems. To create and test the software, he must press the link button on the Hue Bridge many times a day.

Not only does this effort tax his wrists and try his patience, it also strains his heart from the multiple journeys to and from the Bridge.

If only an assistant could press the button for him!

Enter the assistant: the Prota MicroBot Push from Naran. This little $42 motorized button-pusher can press, double-press, press-and-hold and perform other magical button-pressing feats through an app that has become Howie’s new bff.

Being the geek that he is, Howie wasn’t content to use MicroBot’s own UI to press the Hue link button. Instead, he created a graphical overlay with an image of the Hue Bridge atop MicroBot’s push hot-spot.

It makes Howie feel like he’s actually pushing the Hue link button.

“It cracks me up every time I use it,” my old University of Michigan pal tells me.

More: Making Dumb Things Smart: 8 Very Interesting Non-Invasive Problem Solvers at CES 2017

VIDEO: MicroBot Push presses link button on Philips Hue Bridge.




  About the Author

Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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