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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.

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