The Switch: sit back and relax

Netflix button components

The components needed to build the Netflix button (er… actually a Photon is used instead of the pictured Raspberry Pi, but after all only we nerds will notice it)

A small computer can be embedded in an object and can interact with you and other objects. The extension of such interaction mechanism through the Internet has given rise to the idea of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things opens a new world to us. What kind of applications, beyond the ubiquitous automated greenhouse, can we think of?

Ever wanted to slouch on the couch and enjoy a movie? I guessed so.

But being a couch potato is not as easy as it might sound… there are so many activities to perform before you can actually sit back and relax. You have to get something to eat, block phone calls, dim the lights, start a movie… it’s a pretty hard job. Every now and then one of your companions could even get as far as asking you to go get a beer from the fridge. Seems daunting, doesn’t it?

Wouldn’t it be terrific if you could manage all this stuff with a press of a button? Better yet, with a press of THE button?

Netflix button

The Netflix button: your walks around the house are over.

Well it just so happens you can. Netflix, alongside with a video that shows the button in action, has also published all the instructions you need to make your own. Everything is explained, so you’re free to introduce variations. A different remote? Cool. More domotics? There you go. Persuading the delivery boy to leave you pizza without paying? We’re still working on this, sorry.

Read all about it here: The Switch.


Written by Andrea Maietta

Andrea Maietta is a passionate advocate of agile methods, and is responsible for helping clients understand their needs and providing them with appropriate solutions to build value. He is a software engineer, maker, tireless reader, husband and father, and Rugby Union fan for life. Always excited to learn and share,...
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