To make any traditional device that works through physical switches smart, an Australian company has developedFingerbot, a robot finger with which the user can activate any device remotely through voice or mobile.
Fingerbotit’s a small switchWith a modular design that allows you to act as a smart push button for a wide variety of devices without connectivity, such as light switches and appliances.
The robot finger has ahookin the upper part that allows it to grip almost any surface, and several types of extensible mechanisms that act as a finger are added, by pressing traditional switches.
These fingers that are incorporated into Fingerbot can also be used intouchscreensAnd even users can order custom models according to their needs that are printed through 3D printers.
The device is smart, with connectivityBluetooth, and can be controlled through the applicationAdaproxfor mobile phones and is also compatible with Siri smart assistants from Apple, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
In this way, as their creators explain on their ‘crowdfunding‘, Fingerbot can be used to turn a traditional device into smart, without having to acquire an entire ecosystem of devices connected to the internet or Bluetooth.
The Australian company Adaprox, creator of the robotic finger, has presented the project on the micromanagement platformKickstarter, where it has exceeded its objective and has already obtained more than50,000 dollars of financing.
Fingerbot is sold through different kits, from the basic pack for$ 29 with a single deviceup to family kits with several units to control an entire house. Units will begin shipping in May 2020.