The Invisible Button
Imagine an invisible button that can detect the presence of people and objects. A Smart Space may consist of one or more invisible buttons, each representing an area of interest. An area may represent a surface as large as an entire room or as precise as a specific location.
An invisible button can be triggered by wireless devices in proximity. These include many of the devices that we carry, wear or interact with, and they number in the billions. Currently supported wireless protocols include:
- Bluetooth Smart (BLE)
- proprietary protocols in the 868, 915 and 2400MHz ISM bands
Any mobile application can act as a trigger. Learn how to Integrate your Mobile App using our open source SDKs.
To a computer, an invisible button press includes three elements:
- the time that the button was pressed (or released)
- the location of the button
- the identifier of the triggering device
Meet the reelceiver
An invisible button is in fact a physical hardware device we call a reelceiver. A reelceiver is a radio device that can transmit and receive messages via a given wireless protocol. Reelceivers are installed at points of interest within a Smart Space.
Did you know? We designed our reelceivers from the ground up based on our practical experiences over the past decade. There's nothing quite like them.
Meet the reel
Reelceivers need power and communications, and they receive these from a reel. A reel is a daisy chain of reelceivers using standard Cat5 network cables. One end of the reel is connected to a hub which acts as both a power source and a communication link to a local or remote server. Multiple reelceivers spaced tens of metres apart can make up a single reel, covering a vast surface area.
Did you know? We developed this novel configuration to support the emerging needs of the Internet of Things and published our work in a scientific article.
Open source software
Our open source software running on the local or remote server processes the information associated with invisible button presses. Our software can easily be adapted to meet the needs of your specific application. And our cloud service enables a seamless experience across all participating Smart Spaces.