I’ve always said we need to include more pulling chains in modern technology. They’re simple, cheap, practical, and remind me of Victorian-era toilets. So imagine my surprise when technologist Brian Moore published a video of his latest invention: a pull chain that ends Zoom calls.
We all know how difficult it can be to end a Zoom call. You have to look for a tiny button in a sea of tiny buttons, staring through the screen wondering if your colleagues are struggling as much as you. Moore̵
I always have uncomfortable difficulty reaching the end call button on video calls. So I made this pic.twitter.com/4z4zsxNkeQ
– Brian Moore (@lanewinfield) December 16, 2020
The video above, published on Twitter, shows Moore coding, designing and 3D printing his pull chain. In another Tweet, Moore explains that the pull chain is an @adafruit Bluetooth spring. “If it’s pulled,” it sends a key command to [Moore’s] computer and then @alfredapp will run an AppleScript based on that keyboard shortcut that kills any open Google Meet tabs or zoom calls. “
If you want to learn more about the pull chain (or make your own), check out Brian Moore’s GitHub collection. It contains the files used to create the pull chain, along with supplies and wiring information.