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This article was published on September 18, 2015

How to use an Amazon Dash button to find your phone


How to use an Amazon Dash button to find your phone
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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When Amazon launched its inexpensive Dash buttons to let customers order household necessities with one touch, the company unwittingly created one of the coolest DIY electronics components that hobbyist hackers have ever had the pleasure of toying with.

UCLA student Daniel Leybzon has found a way to rejig a Dash button installed in his kitchen to ring his phone when he can’t spot it at home.

To recreate the project, all you’ll need is a Dash button, a cheap Raspberry Pi computer and an internet connection.

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It’s a clever solution to an all-too-common problem, and doesn’t cost very much — Amazon recently made Dash buttons virtually free for Prime members and the Pi will set you back by about $20.

Head over to Leybzon’s Medium post to get started.

How I Turned a $5 Button Into a Phone Finder [Daniel Leybzon on Medium]

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