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Bttn – the simplest Internet interface in the world


Man, we love us some of those red buttons. They’re so simple and clean, and yet…so powerful. In the wrong hands the red button can unleash the dogs of war, under virtuous control they can unite civilizations. Such a wonder.

Which is why we’re already in awe of the Bttn, a simple red object which delivers a variety of Internet goodness depending on exactly how you’ve programmed it. The idea is you connect it to your home or office Internet via mobile data or a WiFi connection, and then configure it with your web browser to do various things for you.


The device collaborates with a variety of online services such as Twitter, Facebook and email, but the one we really like is the integration with, which is one of our favorite services. This basically allows you to create a set of recipes to do different things depending on circumstances (e.g. send you an SMS alert if it’s about to rain in your location).


The idea of tying this functionality to a red button is more than delicious, and we can see lots of potential for people pressing the red button to get amazing things done locally or remotely. The bttn is completely wireless and runs for up to 12 months on four AA batteries (or a USB port) with low power alerts at 15% remaining. Absolutely delicious!

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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