How to automate pushing the Glowforge button


#1

Bob from ILTMS has automated pushing the button on the Glowforge:


Alexa-controlled "finger" to start Glowforge prints!
#2

LOL! I’d link that to AHK so that when the app says to go push the button, it triggers the Alexa routine.


#3

Once again a fun project from Bob.


#4

Bob the builder is my new idol.


#5

Oh that is so funny!! I ordered two of those boards a couple of days ago, they’re out for delivery! I’m designing some unusual automation “things”, one of them might have to be re-purposed immediately!


#6

Ha! Just delivered…


#7

Alert…Alert…“Rabbit Hole”…" Rabbit Hole "

:upside_down_face:


#8

Story of my life… not kidding… I have dozens of half-finished projects of all kinds, from fuel pump in my truck to pre-fab shed in yard to an half-written IOS app to multiple designed and partly built electronic devices.


#9

You can imagine then what I face currently, in packing up a huge number plastic drawer sets from a workshop, in which I have collected 50 years worth of odds and sods of projects/inventions/house maintenance/musical instrument playing robots(shelved) etc, in order to bring myself and what I am, over to Mississippi in a few months time - all being well.

It’s a challenge, but life is fun, if you don’t let the bu##ers get you down.
:upside_down_face:


#10

Cool stuff but I still like the concept of ‘Eyes On’ before the burning stuff starts, even though it is a 30 to 40 foot walk. Just the old safety officer habits twitching I suppose.

I have only had two or three instances of immediately lifting the lid because of an oopsie while standing there, so the odds ARE in your favor with a remote button pusher (until they aren’t).


#11

Ha. I had been working on doing this using Arduino, a couple of NRF24L01T wireless boards, and and a big red button. However, integrating into Alexa is way cooler. Love the video.


#12

Saw that video last night and tweeted to him that I feel so behind the times, pushing my Glowforge button all manually and all. ha


#13

He does say it’s probably not the best idea…

Mine is around the corner, and for anything I know might flare up, I typically facetime myself and keep an eye on it remotely.


#14

I used to run a security camera aimed at our old epilog. I pulled it off for another project at one point but I would put it back before attempting something like this.


#15

I, for one, love pushing the big glowy button.
Ain’t no robot gonna take that away from me.


#16

I thought of this early, after watching a Make: video that covered this - you’re giving your GF the finger! lol…

Immature humor, I know…