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Give Raspberry Pi a consumer electronics experience - programmable Pi power switch controlled by a single button or Infrared remote
Give Raspberry Pi a consumer electronics experience - programmable Pi power switch controlled by a single button or Infrared remote
Give Raspberry Pi a consumer electronics experience - programmable Pi power switch controlled by a single button or Infrared remote
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Hackable Raspberry Pi Power Switch with Remote Control

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While working on my Raspberry Pi DIY projects, I need a simple on/off switch which can turn on (obviously) and gracefully shutdown the Pi.  Additionally I would also like to operate the switch with a remote control.  After searching on the market, I found that either they are too pricey or lacking the simplicity and feature that I need.

So I decided to build my own.

The switch is both Smart and Hackable! Out of the box, the Pi Switch has the following features:

  • Single button on/off or Infrared remote operation
  • Support "Forced" off by long press the button
  • LED light to indicate power status
  •      Blink twice when Switch receives power
  •      Turn On when Pi is on
  •      Blinking when waiting for PI to turn off
  •      Turn Off when Pi is off
  • Use standard microUSB and USB female socket

Here's the operation sequence:

1. Press once to turn On

2. Press again to trigger shutdown of the Pi's Linux OS - the script will be supplied.

3. Monitor to wait for the Pi to be fully shutdown (halt state)

4. Once halt state is detected, cut the power to the Pi.

Here's a photo of the working prototype:

Button Only Prototype before adding Infrared receiver
Button Only Prototype before adding Infrared receiver

 

The Infrared receiver will be mounted similar to above. The blue relay will be a lot thinner in the final product.
The Infrared receiver will be mounted similar to above. The blue relay will be a lot thinner in the final product.

While there are similar products on the market, I want to build a switch that

  • Have a single button for both on and off - Just like most of the consumer electronics
  • Operate wirelessly using infrared remote control
  • Is Hackable -  You can reprogram the onboard MCU (Attiny85)! While it just work out of the box, it also gives the DIY-er flexibility like controlling the button press duration, reassign buttons and LED's behaviour.  All codes and instructions are included. 
  • Reasonably Priced -  Aimed to share my cool inventions and build something affordable

Finally, thanks for checking out. I truly appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the products that I have and will make.

Risks and challenges

I have tested the switch on my DIY device (as shown in video) for months and found that it's very reliable. Additionally, I have already worked with the factory to produce a few working prototypes. This project is completely risk free and I am very confident of delivering the rewards on time.

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    Pi Switch x 1 (Early Bird)

    Works out of the box. You can also reprogram it using an Attiny MCU programmer. Code and Guides are included.

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    • Jumper cables to Pi
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    • Hackable and Smart Pi Power Switch
    • Jumper cables to Pi
    • High Quality MicroUSB cable (20cm)
    • Source code, Circuit Diagram and Complete Hacking Guide
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    • High Quality MicroUSB cable (20cm)
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    Includes:
    • Hackable and Smart Pi Power Switch
    • Jumper cables to Pi
    • High Quality MicroUSB cable (20cm)
    • Source code, Circuit Diagram and Complete Hacking Guide
    • Attiny Programmer for onboard MCU
    • Infrared remote control
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    Works out of the box. You can also program using an Attiny MCU programmer. Code and Guides are included.

    Includes:
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    • 12× Jumper cables to Pi
    • High Quality MicroUSB cable (20cm)
    • Source code, Circuit Diagram and Complete Hacking Guide
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    Includes:
    • Hackable and Smart Pi Power Switch
    • Jumper cables to Pi
    • High Quality MicroUSB cable (20cm)
    • Source code, Circuit Diagram and Complete Hacking Guide
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    • Infrared remote control
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    While it works out of the box, you can also reprogram it as the MCU programmer is included. The programmer is also a Arduino development board which you can use for other projects.

    Includes:
    • Hackable and Smart Pi Power Switch
    • 12× Jumper cables to Pi
    • High Quality MicroUSB cable (20cm)
    • Attiny Programmer for onboard MCU
    • Source code, Circuit Diagram and Complete Hacking Guide
    • Infrared remote control
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    • Hackable and Smart Pi Power Switch
    • 12× Jumper cables to Pi
    • High Quality MicroUSB cable (20cm)
    • Attiny Programmer for onboard MCU
    • Source code, Circuit Diagram and Complete Hacking Guide
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