Customized smart home automation at a fraction of the cost

December 18, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Customized smart home automation at a fraction of the cost
Smart home specialist Adaprox (Sydney, Australia) has announced the launch of what it says is the world's smallest remote control robot actuator that makes all traditional devices remote controlled in a quick, simple and affordable way.

Launched on Kickstarter, Fingerbot, says the company, is the world’s smallest robot that can remotely and mechanically control all the buttons, switches, and toggles anywhere in a home through voice and app. It is offered as providing a quick, simple, and affordable way to retrofit existing devices into IoT devices.

"Fingerbot was created out of a desire to help people add the convenience and control of smart home automation to the devices and appliances they already have," says said James Yao, CEO, Adaprox. "We realized that most tasks just require a simple switch control and if we could develop digital integration and the ability to fully customize its programming, it could be applied to virtually any task. Fingerbot is an inexpensive and sustainable way towards home automation and robotic task control using simple app and voice commands."

The tiny lightweight remote-actuated robot attaches to different devices using 3M tape for remote, mechanical control. Instead of replacing devices around the home for automation, says the company, Fingerbot takes a new adaptive approach that makes any device smarter - anything from turning on lights to making coffee or controlling heating and cooling.

It installs in seconds, works over low-power Bluetooth, and has an internal rechargeable battery that lasts up to six months. For maximum adaptability, the device's robot arm can be replaced with specialized control arms that allow it to perform virtually any switching task.

Fingerbot works with the free Adaprox App, which is designed to make setting up command and control simple for a single Fingerbot or an army of them situated around a home or office. Each Fingerbot is labeled and set to perform a task by timer or scheduler. Adaprox App can also integrate with the user's smartphone voice assistants, such as Siri and Google Assistant, for voice control.

Fingerbot, says the company, can be even more useful when used with the optional Adaprox Bridge Gateway, which brings

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