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These four picture frames are much more than places to hold an image. Each one of these has a light behind it to light it up. In addition, that light is controlled by a motion detector that's not attached to the light. In fact, the motion detector can be anywhere there's power and a wi-fi hotspot to connect to.

So these pictures all together are really an activity map. Here, I'm using these pictures to show activity in different rooms of the house. If there's motion in a room, the corresponding frame lights up. No more motion, the frame turns off.

It all sounds a little Big Brother, but as a father of a couple of really young kids it's helpful to know just which room a kid ran off to. I don't  live in a big house either. Those little guys are fast!
 
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Step 1: Materials and supplies

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The first step is to decide how many frames you want. The cost for each is roughly $100. Here's what you need for each:
  1. 9"x9" IKEA Ribba frame
  2. LED string
  3. Drill w 5/32" bit (I'm using this)
  4. Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch and Motion Sensor

Step 2: Make the lit frames

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Each of the frames is lit with a string of LEDs. Both the frame and the LEDs are available from IKEA. Installing the LEDs is very easy with a drill. The photos here capture the process:
  1. Tape template to back of frame
  2. Drill holes with 5/32" bit in all of the circles
  3. Insert LEDs
  4. Put back back onto frame
The whole process is expanded a little bit in my Evenly backlit IKEA frame with LEDs Instructable. It only takes about 5-10 minutes for each frame.
bzarate11 months ago
Freakin awesome!So fascinated by this!:)
justbennett11 months ago
I'm glad I read the intro. This is way cooler than my first impression from the title and picture. Great idea.
iceng11 months ago
Very good idea straight forward use of available materials impressive.....
What is the cost of the Belkin WeMo Motion Sensor ?
fungus amungus (author)  iceng11 months ago
One switch + sensor combo is $65 at amazon. You could go cheaper with a more DIY setup, but I was going for something quick here.
Belkin makes a quality product but pricy.

Would you mind if I repeated your excellent ible using a different motion sensor ?
I would of course give you original credit.

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fungus amungus (author)  iceng11 months ago
Go for it!
Ninzerbean11 months ago
WOW! I love this.
leeski11 months ago
Great idea!
M.C. Langer11 months ago
Great job, Ed!