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    When you think about the word “retro”, it shouldn’t take you long to visualize a jukebox!

    The jukebox, despite being very outdated, can be a great element of retro deco to have in your house, especially if it’s a smart home full of tech gadgets!

    We propose you today to do a very simple and cheap one. We’re not going to give guidelines on how to build the case of your jukebox, as you can find many great tutorials for that (see this one for instance https://www.instructables.com/id/Time-Machine-Mini-Jukebox/) but rather how to build and set up the inside and connect the buttons with the right songs in a very easy way. This project will give you that + a great smart hub to automate your home, so it’s a great way to hide your hub in a more classy case and welcome your guests with a fun element for them to play with!

    This project is meant to be very easy to do, in one hour with no skills, and for only around $40.

    Your Raspberry Pi with Prota OS will not only take care of running your jukebox, it can be used at the same time to connect your smart devices and automate your house! Make sure to check our previous Hackaday projects to see what you can do with it.

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    • Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 // ~$10~$35
    • 16 GB SD card // ~$8
    • Big breadboard // ~$4
    • GPIO buttons + jumper and hook-up wires // <$2
    • Speakers // ~$0
    • USB stick // ~$0
    • Philips Hue bulb // ~$10-$20

    You can get everything for around $50.

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    Prota OS can be downloaded for free on https://prota.info/prota/pi/. It’s only 3.8GB and easy to burn on a SD card (make sure to use a 16GB card).

    Follow the instructions of Raspberry Pi foundation to write the OS image on your SD card. Extract the .img file from the zip folderPlug in your SD cardDownload and open Etcher, select the image and the drive and start the process. That’s it!

    Once Prota OS is burned on the SD card, you can follow this simple installation guide to set up your Prota hub (less than 1 minute!). You only need to define its name and password, your time zone and your email address and the rest is completely automatic!

    That’s it! In less than 15 minutes and with no hassle, you transformed your Raspberry Pi into a Smart Home automation hub!