* You may need to be an Amazon Prime member and be in the USA
Edit: forgot a word
* You may need to be an Amazon Prime member and be in the USA
Edit: forgot a word
Very nice hack indeed!
Or if you have a virtual address in the US like this and try the 1 month Amazon Prime membership for free, you can get 18 different Amazon buttons, each with a different function (i.e., beeminder task).
Such low cost solutions seem feasible for me. Or maybe, I will think about the NFC tags which is much cheaper, but with the hassle of carrying the phone and touching it to a tag, and with no psychological feeling of pressing something as @dreev mentioned above.
I am excited of the coming IoT and how will change our life.
Never saw this thread before!
I have NFC tags, some that used to work with Beeminder. I had one where I would use the NFC tag as a sort of bookmark for my books. I turn to the page (where the NFC tag would be located), tap my phone with it, and it would:
And after a second touch:
I stopped using it though, since I read from ebooks more often now, and NFC doesn’t work on metal. And chasing an NFC tag to start the timer is a bit too much. I might get a case for my ereader though, and might stick an NFC tag that does the same thing on that. It’s on my list of nice-things-to-have.
I have an NFC tag hidden on my nightstand that automatically starts Sleep As Android sleep tracking (and puts phone on silent and Airplane mode). I guess the OP could use that with the Beeminder-Sleep As Android integration for good effect. I also use the NFC to disable my morning alarm, and the same tag launches AnkiDroid as well (Beeminder-Anki sync!). I haven’t been able to use it much though, since I’m on summer break and wake up whenever I want It used to launch Duolingo instead of AnkiDroid though, but I’ve long since finished my French tree (couldn’t have done it without Beeminder)!
This is all with Trigger and its Tasker integration btw.
This is a great idea, I’ll have to find some old NFC cards and try it out (or buy them cheaply online).
I’ve got prototypes of two physical Beeminder devices–one is a button I use to mark when I got o bed, and another is a red police light that goes off if I’m in an emergency day.
I’m using Particle Photons, and just used a little box as an enclosure for the button, and 3D printed something for the emergency light.
I’m going to write up a tutorial for the button, at least. People should be able to pick up a Photon for $19, get a little button+adapter for a few bucks from Adafruit or me or whoever, and have a wifi button that connects to IFTTT to do whatever Beemindery thing you want to do. You won’t need to be a programmer, but you’ll have to plug some things into each other and join the device to your Wifi and follow some instructions.
Thanks! Do you have any updates on the tutorial?
Hi, are any of you actually using any of these buttons? I’m curious as to which one works best with BM at the moment in terms of the physical buttons…
Sadly my Flic kickstarter order is still not here ~6 months later. I’ll let folks know how they work if I ever get them.
I have a little physical button I use with Beeminder. I’m not 100% satisfied with it, but I told @dreev I’d post this quite a while ago. I’ll post what I have, and I’ll write a little bit about where I want to take it at the end.
It’s a “Particle Internet Button”. It costs about $50 and connects to the internet via Wifi. It has buttons, lights, an accelerometer, a few other things, and it’s meant for people to write little programs with to connect it to IFTTT. Silly disclaimer: you can do this with other technologies, you can do this for a bit cheaper if you do it differently, but this is how I did it.
// This #include statement was automatically added by the Particle IDE.
I’m not a huge fan of the Internet Button itself. I like the idea, but I would have chosen different tradeoffs–I would have probably eliminated the buzzer and accelerometer, and put a nicer case on the electronics.
Setting it up in the Web IDE is pretty gross, I have to admit. I think I could bypass steps 4-6 if I made this a library with an example. Let me know if anyone wants me to do that.
There is so, so much you can do with this, however. You can send over the time, instead of a “1”, to log when you wake up or go to bed, or when you finish cleaning the house, or whatever time-based goal you have.
I think it’s almost possible to have the whole thing flash red while you’re in an emergency day.
I’m not a huge fan of it requiring power via a cable rather than a battery. There’s a socket on the inside that indicates that they were thinking about battery power–but this device is pretty new. I haven’t heard if they’re going to be adding a battery pack, or if it was abandoned during development.
Anyway, this sort of thing is one of the things I do for a living. After really getting hooked on Beeminder, I took a look and didn’t see any embedded Beeminder devices. I started working on some tutorials, and then realized–none of the existing options are really great, so I was in a bit of paralysis as I started working on a “Beeminder Kit” to extend one of the cheap off-the-shelf units to be awesome for Beeminder, and then Spark released their Internet Button… which isn’t perfect, but is probably “good enough.”
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, ideas… I still may make a “Beebutton kit” depending on how things go.
Wow. I’m not a hardware type of guy, but I’d play with some of these ideas if I could. Anybody knows where I can buy NFC tags cheaply in Europe? (Shipping costs from the US are ridiculous.)
Looks like they ship locally in the EU. I’ve never used them, but a buddy on Twitter pointed me there.
Go to your local library and check their used book sales.
Many of them use NFC tags for book tracking.
And you get a ‘free’ book.
Also, check your credit cards & transport cards / tickets.
NFC tags are in everything these days.
I too have an internet button for beeminding, but I’ve gone a few (ok, a lot) steps further with the functionality:
I’m working on publishing the code and maybe some instructions on using it, if folks are interested. It is fantastically helpful, I’ve never had as many of my goals green before.
I’m generally interested in these things, but find that I don’t feel like stashing buttons everywhere, and neither am I terribly happy pulling up my smartphone to scan things. I thought there was a ring sized NFC reader available (which could make NFC reading less reliant on a smart phone), but googling tells me I’m probably wrong about that. I suppose it could be possible to build something with https://dangerousthings.com/shop/simple-pn532/ though (and hopefully these things will shrink further).
When that is said, I found this to be very interesting - if the act of just touching something/anything could be the trigger: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/11/disneys-smartwatch-prototype-can-identify-and-track-everything-you-touch/
I’m also thinking that this “micro-radar” chip could do similar stuff, even without touching: https://www.xethru.com/
This sounds amazing! Any chance we could see a picture in the meantime?
Sad to report bad news, but it seems like Flic is bogus.
I ordered mine back in February and they arrived last week. Sadly, they won’t pair with my phone. Their FAQ says it should work with “Selected Android devices using Android 4.4 or later with Bluetooth 4.0.” but it doesn’t say what “selected devices” means. I guess mine isn’t one despite meeting the other requirements? I emailed their support a week ago and haven’t heard back.
Has anyone had a similar or different experience with Flic?
I have a friend who has one, his works fine, "It requires a fairly recent bluetooth low-power phone"
Does your phone meet the specs?
14 days later I’ve heard back from Flic and their response was just to ask if my problem magically solved itself. Wait 'em out – Now that’s a customer support strategy!
They did at least confirm that my phone (Nexus 5) should work with Flic. I’m trying to get them to tell me their mailing address for returns but they’re not replying to that request. I’m worried they are going to say I didn’t return the Flics within the deadline and then I’m going to have to argue that their delay in replying to the return request email shouldn’t count against my time limit and they’re going to say that’s my problem, etc., etc.
I ordered a flic myself just recently - should get here this week, I think. Here’s hoping it works a little better than yours has… I will share how it goes. My phone is a Moto X which definitely works with the low energy bluetooth stuff.