It’s long been a staple of future-gazing, the idea that we will reach a moment at which all of life’s comforts can be summoned at the press of a button. Through the magic of technology, that is, without the army of human servants with which wealthy Victorians surrounded themselves to achieve the same aim.
Of course, to reach this button-pressing Nirvana, someone has to make the buttons. There are plenty of contenders for the prize of One Button To Rule Them All, the one we’ll probably have seen the most of is Amazon’s Dash. Today though we’re bringing you another possibility. [Hendra Kusumah]’s A.I.B. (Another IoT Button) is as its name suggests, a button connected to the Internet. More specifically it’s a button that connects to IFTTT and allows you to trigger your action from there.
Hardware wise, it couldn’t be simpler. A button, a Particle Photon, some wires, and a resistor. Then install the code on the board, and away you go. With a small code change, it also works with an ESP8266. That’s it, it couldn’t be simpler. You might ask where the fun in that lies, but you’d be missing the point. It’s the event that you trigger using the button that matters, so why make creating the button a chore?
We’ve shown you many IoT buttons, just a couple of posts are this ESP8266 button and a look at the second-generation Amazon Dash.
7 thoughts on “Hackaday Prize Entry: Another Internet Button”
I’ve seen lots of IFTTT buttons but I still have to see a multi-button version of these used as a Kodi remote control.
You wouldn’t need to use IFTTT, you could just make the thing send json commands over the network to kodi
I actually built and use a Kodi remote with an ESP8266, but I still have to see someone else doing that instead of using these things as useless “IoT” magic buttons.
Or you could but the particle photon that actually comes with the button (actually 4 buttons), nice enclosure, and even a WS2812 LED ring.
I think my next HaD prize entry should be an Arduino blinking that built in LED on D13. What a nice mood light it will be.
Remember, we’re writing a post on every Hackaday Prize entry here, not passing a judgement on the entry itself.
Will you get through them all before the may 1st deadline? The are lots that i have not seen you cover yet (including mine!)
The elders of the internet would never stand for it.
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