A smart plug (Fingerbot) lets you control almost any appliance remotely. Even those that are “dumb” appliances by most standards. If your appliance requires a button to be pressed to use it, smart home tech falls a bit short — until now.
The appropriately named Fingerbot is exactly what it sounds like: A small box with a “finger” protruding from it. The device links to your Wi-Fi network and allows you to activate it from your phone, through a smart assistant, or even on a schedule. When the Fingerbot activates, its finger will extend and depress the button on the other side. Remote control of the Fingerbot requires the Adaprox Bridge device.
It has a number of different “fingers” you can attach to it. This including the standard extension arm, the touch screen arm, the toggle control arm, the wall switch arm, and the wall toggle arm. The Fingerbot is reported can be connectedto have a 6-month battery life and is designed to be easily installed. Although specific instructions have not yet been provided, images of the Fingerbot make the installation look like a simple matter of securing the device with an adhesive strip.
The appeal of the item lies in how easily older appliances are important to a larger smart home network. It can connect to wall switches, coffee pots, and microwaves. You can even connect it to your pet’s food dispenser and feed them throughout the day from your phone. The Fingerbot is not yet available for purchase. But interested customers can sign up for launch alerts on the device’s website. The early bird price is $25, but the standard retail price is to be around $50
The Fingerbot connects to Amazon Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT, and even Nest. For such a simple device, it has the potential to be incredibly useful. If pressing buttons is a drag, let this little smart device do it for you.