Picture of Family Activity Portraits
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!

Step 1: Materials and supplies

Picture of Materials and supplies
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
bzarate1 year ago
Freakin awesome!So fascinated by this!:)
I'm glad I read the intro. This is way cooler than my first impression from the title and picture. Great idea.
iceng1 year ago
Very good idea straight forward use of available materials impressive.....
What is the cost of the Belkin WeMo Motion Sensor ?
fungus amungus (author)  iceng1 year 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.


fungus amungus (author)  iceng1 year ago
Go for it!
Ninzerbean1 year ago
WOW! I love this.
leeski1 year ago
Great idea!
Great job, Ed!