If you're like me, you nearly always carry your phone or are frequently at a computer. I often find it more convenient when I can interact with the things around me like the garage doors, car starter, sprinklers, electric blankets, holiday decorations, etc. via my phone or computer.
It is relatively easy to Bluetooth enable many devices. These instructions will explain how I Bluetooth enabled my garage doors and car starter. The implementation is quite generic. Similar techniques could be used to Bluetooth enable many other things too.
The Bluetooth board that was used has at least six different connections that could each possibly control a different thing.
There is a corresponding free Android application that you can download; Daisy On/Off. It allows dynamically creating, labeling, and configuring multiple buttons so that you can easily control the various things that are Bluetooth enabled.
There are risks associated with wireless control and modifying any equipment. You assume full responsibility and associated risks related to your use of this information.
- Bluetooth board - newer plug & play version
- Perf board - approximately 1.1" x 1.5" (29mm x 38mm)
- BS170 N-Channel MOSFET, or similar transistor
- Resistor 1K - 1M
- Wire for hookup - old phone wire works well
- Soldering iron and solder
- Wire cutters/strippers