TriggerX

This instructable was created in fulfillment of the project requirement of the Make course at the University of South Florida (www.makecourse.com)

Often times we work with office computer remotely logged in from home. The problems come in when the computer is frozen sometime and it needs a fresh start (restarting the computer). In which case you have to step into the office and restart it yourself( mechanical action hard to do electronically without modifying the computer's power circuitry). This project TirggerX is inspired by this event. Since a long time, I was thinking about making a wifi enabled IOT device that can do a physical action like turn a switch or restart a computer remotely. So far this feature is somewhat missing with all the smart devices available in the market. So I decided to make my own. Now let's talk about what you need in order to make your own-

1. NodeMCu Amazon

2. SG90 Servo Amazon

3. Stepper with a linear slider Amazon.

4. 2 Stepper motor driver Amazon

5. Micro USB cable Amazon

Goals of the project-

Make a physical switch with sliding action in X and Y direction and tapping action in Z direction.

Step 1: 3 Axes Movement

For the linear (sliding x and y position) operation of the switch (Trigger), we need two axis motion which will be carried out by two stepper motor. The main trigger event which in the z-direction will be driven by a servo.

Step 2: 3D Design

Step 3: Base and Cover Design

First, the cover and base for the stepper motor were designed.

Arindam_outerRough_v3.SLDPRT

Step 4: 3D Design: Base Cover With Stepper

The stepper motor was designed for simulation. The above pictures show the base cover with the stepper motor installed

Step 5: 3D Design: Servo Assembly- Base for Servo

To attach the stepper motors linear slide with servo motor a mounting base was designed and attached.

triggerExt06.SLDPRT

Step 6: 3D Design: Circuits

1. Node MCU

2. Motor Driver

Both were included in the simulation and design.\

Credit: GrabCad .

Step 7: 3D Design: Cover Plate

The cover plate for applying adhesive to attach to the computer (as well as for aesthetic reason) was designed and attached to the full assembly.

OuterTop.SLDPRT

Step 8: 3D Design: Full Mechanical Assembly

Step 9: Control Circuit: Block Diagram

The TriggerX device is controlled by an Android APP interface which was made by Blynk.

The app will communicate with the node MCU (through the internet) installed in the device and control the servo as well as two stepper motor through two stepper driver module TB6612.

Step 10: Circuit Schematic

The Circuit Schematic is as shown in the picture. The NodeMcu is connected to the stepper motor through the stepper motor driver and directly to the servo motor.

Step 11: Configuring the Blynk APP

The Blynk App Can be downloaded from the link given here.

Two sliders and One button were included according to the configuration showed in the picture.

From 0 to 300 is the number of stepper steps and 120 to 70 is the servo angle control signal.

Step 12: The Code

First, the new project was created in the app and authorization code was used in the Arduino IDE code.

The Code is explained in the file.

Step 13: 3D Printed Assembly With Circuits

Step 14: Mounting on a Computer.

The device was mounted on a computer using double-sided adhesive tape.

Step 15: Device Working Demonstration

The full documentation and device working demonstration can be found here.

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    mr.incredible

    21 hours ago

    Good job. This would be great for multiple buttons but most computers only have the one so, you really only need the servo and mounting bracket. Make sure your IT department is okay with this. They might consider it a breach of security. Although it is just a remote button pusher.