Push notifications get physical

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

We rely on our smartphones to alert us to information day and night. Unfiltered notifications generate a level of chatter and noise, however, that can distract and leave us less productive and feeling overwhelmed. Streamlining the information we receive is ever more important and the Internet of Things is here to help.  We have already seen an intelligent interface which uses AI to learn the recurrent patterns in how users interact with their phones to launch the right app at the right time. We have also covered an LED keyboard which provides users with a visual alert system that helps avoid death-by-notification. Now, a group of five engineers from Berkeley have created Dot, an LED button that uses enhanced location data to make smartphone notifications more intelligent and contextual.

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