This Single Button Is Designed To Bring Your IoT-Enabled Home To Life
The Logitech Pop offers a more connected and intuitive way to interact with your gadgets
Smart home interfaces like Alexa are great because they’re screenless and operate via voice commands, which makes them rather intuitive for most homeowners. But if you have a thick accent, or happen to lack the experience, tech-savvy and understanding necessary to operate them, things can get rough. For that reason, Logitech has designed a new screen-free controller to ‘dumb down’ the smart home.
Unlike pre-existing buttons such as the Philips Hue Tap, the Logitech Pop can regulate a multitude of isolated commands even if the products its hooked up too aren’t part of a matching set. From speakers and smart lights, to smart blinds and smart locks, Logitech seamlessly creates an ecosystem of its own. You can even string numerous actions to perform in a single step – such as turning on your TV and triggering Netflix simultaneously – by opting to purchase a pairing Logitech Harmony remote.
Programmed through a supplementary app on your smartphone, the smart home controller features three different input methods: a single press, double press and long press. The basic kit (lacking the Logitech Harmony remote) bundles with a base station that plugs into your router—putting the ‘internet’ in the Internet of Things. Available for pre-order today, two Pop home switches will run you $99 USD, with subsequent single switches to be priced at $39 a piece. According to the company, the buttons will ship out in a couple of weeks, and will also be available for purchase in Best Buy or on Amazon upon release.