Now, people can use smart devices to “get armed” the entire house, but that would be a lot of money, according tomedia New Atlas. It may make it easier and cheaper to retrofit existing “dumb” devices simply through remote capabilities. Fingerbot is designed for this purpose and, as the name suggests, is actually a remote-controlled “finger” that can press buttons and flip switches as needed.
Developed by Adaprox, Fingerbot is a small box with pointed heads that can scale as needed. The idea is simple: place the Fingerbot next to a button on the light switch or device, and then remotely control it via the Adaprox app on iOS and Android to flick the button or flip the switch remotely.
With the app, users can activate Fingerbot directly by pressing a button or telling Siri, which is convenient for users to no longer have to worry about leaving the sofa to turn off the lights. Alternatively, you can set it to activate at a specific time so that the machine can be turned on before you get up.
The off-the-shelf Fingerbot can be connected via Bluetooth within a range of about 50 meters. If you want to extend it, Adaprox Bridge connects it to the Internet, which brings many additional features. This allows the user to control The Fingerbot (and the agent’s smart device) from anywhere, for example, by turning on the heater or air conditioner before they go home.
Bridge also extended voice control to Google and Alexa, and allowed users to connect Fingerbot to Google Home and IFTTT. Using the latter, you can start building more complex smart home systems, for example, by allowing users to program Fingerbot so that the heater turns on whenever the temperature (read by another application or sensor) drops to a point.
Fingerbot also has an plug-in arm to activate different objects. In addition to the basic model, there is an arm with a round soft end (which can be used to poke the touch screen), a suction cup that can push and pull the switch, and an arm with a ring (on top of the lever lever). The company says the small robot itself consumes very little power and the battery lasts up to six months between each charge.
Adaprox is currently launching a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter, 25 days before the campaign ends, and has raised three times as much as its $20,000 target. The robot starts at $29, while the extra Arm Tools Kit starts at $10 and the Adaprox Bridge starts at $40, which can control multiple Fingerbots at a time. If all goes according to plan, Fingerbot will ship by May 2020.