Archive for the ‘Home Hacks’ Category

Review: X10 Home Automation with Arduino

02/03/2010

After looking here and there, I could find this Sept ’09 article found on geekboy. As the site was down I found it googling on willshouse‘s blog. anyway. Mike Parks’ example about simple X-10 triggering via RFID using the free SSH/telnet client PuTTY.

In this example, I control 1 device (on X10 circuit A, device 1). I initally turn the device off. When the RFID tag I am looking for is read, I turn the lights on. Next time that tag is read, I turn the lights off. I acknowledge various changes by providing feedback to the user via blinking LEDs and serial comms to the PC.

code ready.

via [geekcowboy]and [willshouse]

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Twitter Controlled LED IKEA Table using Bluetooth

01/03/2010

Nice Arduino Bluetooth-based hack around an Ikea Table visualising Twitter.


via [Hack’n’Mod]

New home monitoring setup – part 1

26/02/2010

The second post of the week about open source home monitoring.
Part – 1 means that for now you can read just a long list of pieces of hardware.
But then: home monitoring and X10 are the more interesting projects around.

waiting for part 2!
via [John Rambilngs Blog]

Arduino Pachube Library

24/02/2010

As I read on this blog post by Jose Anes, he has been working on a while on the Arduino > Ethernet shield > Pachube communication, to achieve “a Pachube manual update client on the arduino that pushes EEML XML format to Pachube directly, without a PC in the middle”.



If someone has a better library, please let me know where to find it.  Here is a link to the code I am using to accomplish this purpose.  So far it is working well enough.  Some interesting points:
  • I had to print directly to the stream (ethernet in or out), because creating an EEML XML string was too much for the small memory of the Arduino.  Direct writing as a stream solves that.
  • I still want to avoid the reset every time it uploads to pachube (took that from the pachube CSV example).

The code: 20100218-pachube

via [ActionResults]

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The Brushduino

23/02/2010


From [CamelPunch] Steve is explaning his Brushduino project:
The Problem:
My daughters don’t brush their teeth long enough, if left to their own devices. When my wife or I brush their teeth, we do a nice thorough job that takes a little while but when the girls do it themselves, they tend to cut it short. Timing them doesn’t help, as they just stand there and chit-chat until the timer goes off. It’s not that they don’t brush their teeth LONG enough, it’s that they don’t brush their teeth WELL enough.

The Solution:


When you fire it up, it plays the opening bars of the Super Mario Brothers theme song while randomly flashing the white LED’s. Then it starts instructing on what area of the mouth to brush.
Each time a section of the mouth has been brushed sufficiently (stroke count was based on experimentation and dentist recommendations) a few more bars of the Super Mario Brothers theme song is played (along with light show) and then the next white LED starts flashing. It’s easier to see the pattern than it is to describe it. The section they’re supposed to be brushing at any point in time is blinking with the already-brushed portions of the mouth lit fully on.

Check the full post with the code!
Thanks Steve!
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