MicroBot Push

The wireless robotic finger that makes dumb products smart

'MicroBot Push' is a wireless robotic finger that'll take care of little tasks like controlling the lights or setting your coffee maker. Stick it on any device, and using an app, you can control the functions remotely using your smartphone or computer.

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I would rename it. My brain read "Microbot" as "Microsoft" the first 10 times I skimmed the word. Anyone else? Very cool idea though.
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@atomkirk You're the 10th person telling me that, I think... Maybe I should come up with a new name. Thanks for the feedback!
@atomkirk Literally thought to myself "Hmm.... didn't expect Microsoft to make something like this..."
@atomkirk Yeah same. I think it's because you're eyes see Micro and the the sh at the end of push. Paired together makes pretty much makes Microsoft!
@thtpark @atomkirk I did exactly the same thing!
Yup! Same here. If it weren't for this comment I'd probably still think it was a Microsoft thing.
I'd like to introduce my project, Microbot Push, a wireless robotic finger that makes "dumb" devices smart. It's basically a button pusher, but it could be quite useful for many things. With Microbot Push, I wanted to create a universal building block that could smarten up dumb appliances without throwing them away. Devices are getting smarter with Internet connectivity, but they often cost a lot more and require you to put extra efforts to install, configure and use. Attaching a Microbot on a button enables you to push it from anywhere, anytime with your smartphone. You can even automate it with platforms like IFTTT. It's simple and straightforward. I'm very surprised and excited to find out that people have very unique needs and use cases with Microbots across different cultures and industries. For example, our Japanese supporters will use Microbot Push to heat up their bathtubs before they wake up, whereas our Swedish supporters want to use Microbots to remotely turn on their outdoor car heaters (apparently that’s what they do on cold winter mornings). People here are smart and creative, so I'm looking forward to hearing more ideas and potential use cases. To give a little heads up, I will build more types of Microbots, and all of them are going to share the same philosophy. One that I'm also building right now is for turning knobs (named it Microbot Twist😀). Being able to turn knobs remotely could be very useful, especially when you want to lock/unlock doors automatically. One unit would cost around $50, so it will be a good alternative to smart locks in the market. Let me know if you have some other crazy Microbot ideas!​
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This is awesome. I've been looking for ways to make my dumb apartment smarter. Who needs a Nest or Philips Hue when I can just have this push the buttons for me?
Hi @thtpark, this is a very cool product. A few questions: (1) There seems to be a lot of moving parts in Microbot Push. What materials have you used for the mechanical part? (2) I assume all of these tiny parts will be made by injection molding, am I right? (3) What technologies have you used for prototyping? I am assuming 3D printing (SLS?), but did you get enough precision?
Hi @srlle, thanks for your interest! 1. We use ABS for the housing, and the gears are in POM. 2. Yes, you're right. Our manufacturing partner is very experienced with it (perhaps, they make smartphones for one of the biggest electronics company). 3. We didn't have much luck with 3D printing because of the gears. Most of our prototypes are produced by CNC milling.
Like it and lots of potential. I have two real user cases in my home but problem is that it needs 4 or 5 switches to handle those two devices. Will follow it closely and hope it goes well! Two questions: a) How big is the actual hit area of the button? I.e how small of a button can it hit? b) Is it possible to program it for a sequence such as pressing switch A two times followed by B one time?
@jacoblo Glad you like it! a) It comes with an additional tip (https://goo.gl/p8ZGLS). The actual rubber tip is a bit narrower than the one in the image, so it should be able to hit quite small buttons as well. b) Yes, you can program it but not directly on the device. We'll be releasing the API. You can also make use of the automation feature in Prota Box (you can specify sequences, delays, intervals, etc.).
@thtpark Thanks! Even as small as this one (http://jmp.sh/odTLeGG)? Looking forward to this and hope it turns out as well as it looks :-)
@jacoblo The buttons look big to me 😀 I'll make it happen and deliver high-quality​ products. Thanks a lot!