Introduction: Macro Button Box for the Smart Home

A button box beats you smartphone in many scenarios. You don't need to search for it; you don't need to unlock it; you don't need to go to the right app; there's no launching the app and waiting for it to load. Far less steps if you have a tangible item just in front of you.

Here's what you will need to build one:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Prota OS on a Micro SD card (Do wnload)
  • Thick paper for casing
  • LED & Buttons
  • Bread board
  • Jumper wires
  • 30 min of your time

Step 1: Decide What You Will Automate.

Knowing where you'll use it, is important because the button box design will depend on this.

We've automated the follow:

  • Push button 1: turn on/off all smart sockets.
  • Push button 2: start/ stop audio playback.
  • Push button 3: send a message on Slack.
  • Push button 4: microbot turns on/off the tumbler switch.

You can of course make your own automation stories :)

OBS! Micro robot shown in the video is a prototype and currently cannot be acquired. But it will be soon! Stay tuned.

Step 2: Add LED Indicators to the Bread Board.

Step 3: Assemble Your Buttons Before Adding on to the Bread Board.

Step 4: Attach Your Buttons to the Bread Board.

Step 5: Now the Difficult Part. Set Up GPIO Wiring.

Follow the instructions in the first image. This might be a bit confusing, so make sure not to mix up the wires. Using different colors in the wiring process will help a lot.

Step 6: Make Up Automation Rules for Your Macro Buttons.

See the example above how you can make an automation rule with Prota OS.

Step 7: Almost Done. Now You Can Use Cardboard to Make Casing.

And place it on your wall or another easily accessible place.

You like our projects? Make your own!

We are currently (and until July 30) running a maker contest. Show us the creative projects you can do with Prota OS and win awesome prizes!

More info here - https://support.prota.info/hc/en-us/community/top...

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