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.