Fingerbot is the place where IoT meets analog and creates a solution for smart home automation that works with Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and many smart home apps.
Adaprox, a team of engineers, programmers, and designers, designed the finger-sized device that can handle on/off for devices, repetitive motion tasks, toggles or switches.
The little robot can work through voice or app, and can handle all activation and deactivation of traditional appliances, lighting and can even use its soft “finger” on a touchscreen for repetitive tasks in the home, all done mechanically.
Fingerbot is designed to be attached to the device it is controlling with double-sided tape or velcro. This creates a firm grip on the surface so that its finger can control the device properly. The velcro option allows for switching Fingerbot between appliances, and also makes sure there isn’t any loss of grip over time.
The Adaprox Bridge allows for voice control, IoT of all devices and IFTT, which allows Fingerbot the opportunity to control devices based on how devices are interacting rather than just by user control. Routines for control of devices can be set to almost any type of interaction.
The Adaprox Bridge also increases the range of the BT 5.0 allows for more control of more Fingerbot devices. The company states that all Fingerbots can be controlled through the Adaprox Bridge.
The company has also stated that the battery in the Fingerbots only needs to be recharged biannually. There is a Type C USB port on the Fingerbot that allows for a full charge, usually within an hour.
The cost reduction, between a smart device or appliance and a Fingerbot, controlled traditional appliance or device is significant, as reported by the company.
The Fingerbot costs $25.00, for the base robot, with specials and discounts for the early bird backer. Arm Tool Kit is $10.00 and the Adaprox Bridge is approximately $44.00. There are a number of packages available and discounts also seem to be plentiful.
The robot is due for shipping in May 2020 and is well beyond its original funding target on Kickstarter.com.
The Adaprox SDK is found on GitHub once the source material is published for use by anyone. At the announcement of the Kickstarter campaign, the SDK was due soon. An option designed for the makers who are usually looking for inexpensive ways to automate their homes through IoT.
The Kickstarter Campaign has more information. Including timeline and featured listings.
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