I’ve all the time mentioned that we must always incorporate extra pull chains into trendy expertise. They’re easy, low cost, sensible, and so they make me consider Victorian-era bogs. So think about my shock when technologist Brian Moore revealed a video of his newest invention: a pull chain that ends Zoom calls.
Everyone knows how tough it may be to finish a Zoom name. It’s a must to search round for one tiny button in a sea of tiny buttons, all whereas staring by way of the display and questioning in case your coworkers battle as a lot as you do. Moore’s Zoom-call-ending pull chain solves the issue with unbelievable practicality. The truth is, the pull chain appears to offer Moore a way of confidence and bravado, like a king flushing down no matter he’s left at his throne.
I all the time awkwardly battle to get to the top name button on video calls. So I made this pic.twitter.com/4z4zsxNkeQ
— Brian Moore (@lanewinfield) December 16, 2020
The above video, revealed to Twitter, exhibits Moore coding, designing, and 3D printing his pull chain. In one other Tweet, Moore explains that the pull chain is an @adafruit Bluetooth feather.” When pulled, “it sends a key command to [Moore’s] pc after which @alfredapp runs an AppleScript primarily based on that hotkey that kills any open google meet tabs or zoom calls.”
If you wish to be taught extra concerning the pull chain (or make your personal), take a look at Brian Moore’s GitHub collection. It incorporates the recordsdata used to make the pull chain, together with data on provides and wiring.