I am working on my spa pool area and would like to incorporate a control panel of some type. It will control a media player, pause/play toggle, mute toggle, next track, random play. Also toggle some lights or change up a wled effect.
It will be out in all weathers. Wifi is available.
I have looked at ruggedised tablets, but they seem overly expensive and perhaps overkill, I don’t need to control the whole house.
I am thinking some httm buttons/esphome and a waterproof box with a glass/plexi front, perhaps even a small oled to provide feedback.
Anyone got any better ideas?
This might not be exactly what you had in mind but it might be worth a look.
I first learned of its existence from the Locus Map forum. That’s a backcountry navigation app used by cyclists and hikers. Imagine a phone attached to a bike’s handlebar and you want to, say, pan the map. Not so easy or precise (or safe) when you are moving. So someone came up with the idea of using a Bluetooth media controller attached to the handlebars. Much easier to stab the controller’s buttons with a thumb; the commands are received by the navigation app and used to pan the map (or do other things).
Anyway, it might fit the bill assuming the availability of a Bluetooth connection and some form of existing integration.
That one is round but there are many variants including the more traditional ‘candybar’ format.
Possibly search for the Nextion screen projects here at the Home Assistant message board?
I used an M5Stack Core2 and linked to Home assistant using MQTT - Only problem is finding a weather proof enclosure - I have to bring it inside when not in the pool.
Very nice, simple, effective screens.
If anyone wants the code let me know
Looks great. Is that weatherproof?
And, yes please. Really interested to see your code.
Here as well, would love to see the code and maybe some building instructions…