CES 2018: Fibaro Adds HomeKit Compatibility to 'The Button'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Fibaro today announced a new version of its popular Z-Wave control device called, "The Button," which will work with Apple's HomeKit products.

    The Button, which is less than two inches in size, is a new battery-powered multi-touch HomeKit device that is designed to allow users to activate a HomeKit scene.


    No bridge, hub, or gateway is required to use The Button, allowing it to integrate with any HomeKit setup. The Button can be programmed with up to three different actions activated with a single click, two clicks, or a long press.

    When pressed, The Button has a buzz feature that provides audible feedback and confirmation of which scene was activated via a single buzz, a double buzz, or a long buzz.

    Available in red, white, and black, The Button will be available for purchase for $59.99 starting during the first quarter of 2018. Additional colors will be introduced later in the year.

    Article Link: CES 2018: Fibaro Adds HomeKit Compatibility to 'The Button'
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2008
    While this article provides nothing in the way of uses for The Button, a look at the product webpage shows all kinds of useful applications. I could certainly see spending the money for such uses.
  3. KazKam macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2011
    Hmmm. At first I wasn't sure about this, but I can see a few interesting uses for it now. Really, it's just a HomeKit connected switch, but might be kind of cool as the one button you hit when you first get home. The big red button you can press to bring your house back to life.
  4. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    Couldn't you do all this with $5 hacked amazon dash button? This seems super cool but for $60 it seems overpriced.
  5. jdusoccer12 macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2008
    I have been looking for something like this for awhile but why so expensive? I want a button I can leave in my car that when I press it, it can shutdown my home by turning off all the lights and locking the doors. But $60 seems crazy.
  6. EatinPonies macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2016
    I'm confused. I already have HomeKit light my house up when I return home. I can shut it all down when I leave. I can tell HomeKit "good night" and it will prepare for bed time.

    ...All *with my voice* on my watch or my phone and not returning to hit a button somewhere. Why do we need this?
  7. wesley96 macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2009
    Wow. And I thought Elgato Eve Button’s $50 price tag was expensive. Sigh.
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    People in the house who don’t have Apple Watch or iPhone on them? There are definitely use cases. It’s just that it gets hard to justify with that kind of price tag. I have three Philips Hue Dimmer Switches around the house set up on HomeKit to do various commands, for a total cost of this one Fibaro switch.
  8. Mtmspa macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2013
    Easier to say Siri I am leaving, arriving, or good night, etc.
  9. jdusoccer12 macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2008
    This all works great for most of HomeKit devices. The issue is that Apple restricts usage of certain devices without the user authenticating themselves with the device. For example locks and garage doors require you to unlock your phone before you can use Siri or the home app shortcut to manipulate those devices. Which I totally understand why, I don't want someone to be able to grab my phone and unlock my whole house. I do wish you could lock or close those devices anytime from your phone though and only require me to unlock my device to unlock the door or open the garage door.

    This is why I would find a device like this helpful as you can make a scene to lock the doors and shut the lights off and then pressing the button would do this. I would never give it the ability to unlock things but locking them would be nice.
  10. parseckadet macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2010
    Denver, CO
    I'm confused, does the HomeKit version use z-wave? How is that possible if the AppleTV doesn't support z-wave and there's no bridge?
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Agreed. And I can't justify the actions this button does either. It just seems rather off putting with three different types of 'buzzing'. Perhaps I would need to see it demoed, but this seems like a hard pass for me.
  12. spooky2k macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2008
    $59.99!?!?! These smartphone accessory manufacturers are keeping people away with prices like that. Or rather, anyone buying a button at that price is a person who is VERY susceptible to marketing.
  13. mabhatter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    Who DOESN’T need a friendly Big Red Button?

    Just waiting for my HomeKit compatible Volcano Island and Sharks with Fricken Lasers.
  14. IGI2 macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2015
    Because it has nothing to do with Z-Wave. The author just used it to mention that Fibaro has had something like this for years in their Z-Wave version and now they made a HomeKit version of this previously Z-Wave product.

    So it's simply and only a HomeKit product.
  15. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    I already have my "Easy" button from staples
  16. JTR555 macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2013
    Would be even easier if there was a HomePod you could say that to in different rooms.
  17. purplehaze0 macrumors regular


    Oct 19, 2011
    Harrogate, England
  18. Pupi macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2015
    If you have Philips Hue, you can use a Hue dimmer switch, which has 4 buttons and supports long press (so that’s 8 actions) with Homekit support for a fraction of the price.

    Seriously that price is insane. They do look cool, though.
  19. Mrjoedot macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    Asean market
  20. wesley96 macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2009
    While the buttons support long press with Hue ecosystem, it’s not recognized under HomeKit at the moment, as far as I checked.
  21. parseckadet macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2010
    Denver, CO
    So lazy reporting, got it.
  22. Hemingray macrumors 68030


    Jan 9, 2002
    Ha ha haaa!
    I could see this being useful in a duress/panic button situation, for example a security system.

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