Alrighty, this is my first Instructable and I am pretty excited about it. I got the idea for this project from a combination of these 2 Instructables...
The basic concept was to make a way to control the lights on my Christmas tree this year, but after the Christmas season it can still be used as a remote controlled power strip (I must say that is pretty cool). I got this idea because I was recently introduced to the Arduino and immediately saw the endless possibilities it possesses. I love programming, and learning for that matter, so this was a great project to tackle.
Step 1: The Materials
A List of Materials
Arduino UNO R3 - $30 Sparkfun - https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11021
Bluetooth Serial Adapter - $10 eBay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Arduino-Wireless-Bluetooth-Transceiver-Module-Slave-4Pin-Serial-DuPont-Cable-/321020258404?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4abe4c6864
5v Relay Shield - $7 eBay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/5V-4-Channel-Relay-Shield-Module-Expansion-board-For-Arduino-ARM-PIC-AVR-DSP-/320909808154?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab7b7121a
A phone with Android
Jumper Wires (for the Arduino)
Wire (for the outlets)
(These pieces are NOT needed, but i used them to test the project)
Four 100 ohm resistors