Awesome Find of the Week: A Completely New Type of Light Switch

Monday, Nov 3 2014
Posted by:
Nigel F. Maynard

Belgium-based smart home startup Basalte has introduced a new light switch that the company has reinterpreted as a touch-sensitive surface.

“Sentido is the light switch reinvented,” the company says.

The switch features a square design that is divided into four equal surfaces. Every surface controls different functions, but touching more than one surface at the same time turns on and off all the lights in a room using a scene.

As the company explains it, touching more than one surface at the same time turns on and off all the lights in a room using a general scene. Touching multi-touch for a longer period starts the unique scene sequencer function, which allows selecting up to four additional scenes.

An internal temperature sensor discretely reports the room temperature to the home automation system, while the integrated thermostat logic controls the heating and air-conditioning of the room. Additionally, a multicolor LED backlight can be used for status feedback or simply to light up the product in the dark.

Named Best New Product at this year’s Custom Electronic Design & Installation Expo, the switch comes in two- and four-way configurations and in materials such as brushed aluminum, bronze, glass and leather.

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