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Smart home project: building an IoT button for individual functions

One such application is our IoT button, a physical button that is wirelessly connected to the Internet, which can also be slightly larger and clearly visible. An actuation is registered and then triggers a predetermined action. The possible applications are manifold: we can start or stop something by pressing such a button, maybe call someone, count something, trigger an emergency call, send a message to a certain group of recipients or send a tweet and the world with the entry of one the exciting event.

Surely you have much better ideas as to which fireworks of actions can be triggered by pressing the IoT button. In this article we want to show how we can build such a programmable button ourselves – but above all which cloud services can be cleverly combined in order to get away with as little work as possible.

It is a physical push button that is wirelessly connected to the Internet (via an existing WLAN) using minimal hardware. A signal (message) is sent by pressing the button. In order to remain as flexible as possible about which actions should be triggered with the magic button, a mediating intermediate layer is used, a cloud-based specialized service that forwards the incoming signals from the IoT hardware to the target services according to your wishes. So we get without the time-consuming and, for beginners, error-prone installation of our own server service such as ioBroker out.

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