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A keyboard button pushing robot/ machine? Answered

Can anyone build a bot that can sit on a desk and press the A key or left/right arrow keys every 10-15 min?

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Goodhart (author)2012-06-05

one could go low tech and have an actuator and a clock-works mechanism to set the actuator in motion every 10 minutes or so, OR you could go hight tech and use the famous Aduino to do the same thing.

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imarere (author)Kiteman2012-06-05

No not something to play the game! Just something to not let me get logged out due to being afk

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Kiteman (author)imarere2012-06-05

I think you need two things - "legs", to bring you back to the keyboard, and "a finger" to hit a key.

If something is going to keep you away from the game, and you aren't willing to leave this other thing for a couple of seconds to hit a key, then it is clearly more important than the game. Let the game log you out, get on with life.

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imarere (author)Kiteman2012-06-05

On your page it says you help people make their ideas become a project. But with my idea you shoot it down and tell me to walk over and hit the key myself. Do you have any idea how to be a single dad of twins? Sometimes I just can't walk over to do that. I am a GM and need to stay logged in during certin hours to answer and guide members of my guild. I have made a program to catch all chats and store them but it only works when logged in. So if you would like to help please do. If you would like to just poke at me with useless comments please keep them to yourself.

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canucksgirl (author)imarere2012-06-05

Okay, this might seem too easy, but couldn't you just talk to the developer (that set up the system), to change your session settings so that you don't get logged out after a short amount of inactivity? I mean 10-15 minutes is pretty short, and perhaps fine for the average member, but if your the GM, you should have the ability to stay logged in for at least an hour or 2 without being kicked out. And usually as an Admin you can have different settings. (BTW, I know they can do this, so don't take their "well, that's a lot of work" bs as an excuse).

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imarere (author)canucksgirl2012-06-05

I do apologize but when I said GM I ment I am the guild master not a game master

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canucksgirl (author)imarere2012-06-05

No problem. So are you able to talk to your developer or IT guy to increase your session time?

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imarere (author)canucksgirl2012-06-05

Due to me not working for the games developer I'm afraid that is not an option

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canucksgirl (author)imarere2012-06-05

Ok. Are you on a Mac or a PC?

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canucksgirl (author)imarere2012-06-05

Automator is a Mac app that works really well in automating tasks (including recording keyboard commands), and it turns out there's a similar version available for a PC. You'll have to go through it, as I'm a Mac user, and I'm not as familiar with this version, but the premise is that you can schedule (like an Action), a key pressed at whatever intervals you want and like Automator for Mac, the PC version should work on websites also.

Here's the link. Check it out.

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imarere (author)canucksgirl2012-06-05

While I'd love to try that I do know blizzard has programs that try to catch people using programs to play and even tho all it would be doing is keeping me logged in they would ban me if it was caught with a program. I found http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/b696/
I like the arm but would need someone that could mod it to not have a remote and just go up and down to hit the A or arrow key on the keyboard within 15 min intervals. A basic on/off switch would be nice to

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canucksgirl (author)imarere2012-06-05

Ok, fair enough. However, do you have to have whatever device you use hit a key every 15 minutes? If the key is inconsequential, and say you have it pressed every 10 seconds (like the Simpson's water bird), you'd still maintain your login. It would be like you sitting at the desk pressing 'whatever key' every few seconds... Am I missing something?

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Kiteman (author)imarere2012-06-05

Read my PM - if you're not going to provide any sort of context - not even the reason you want to press the key, or the level of your skills / tools / finances, then you're not going to get a full answer.

Start whining about how hard your life is, and I'm am certainly not going to leap at your command and write out a whole set of instructions for you. Believe it or not, but you are not the only person on this planet who has difficulties offline, but most people don't feel the need to use those difficulties as a reason to expect everything handed to them on a plate.

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imarere (author)Kiteman2012-06-05

Wow I want to thank you for your incredibly non helpful idea! That makes my life so much easier! You sir are a god among men

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Kiteman (author)imarere2012-06-05

If you're going to attempt sarcasm, you could at least try punctuating it properly.

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imarere (author)2012-06-05
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canucksgirl (author)2012-06-04

You mean like this? Or does your "bot" need to intelligently "know" what key it's suppose to press?

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