Instructables: exploring - technology - automation - popular http://www.instructables.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:35:31 PDT BLOX v1.01 Motion Controlled Ultrasonic Lamp http://www.instructables.com/id/Motion-Controlled-Ultrasonic-Lamp/
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Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:19:14 PDT
Infrared Smart Outlet http://www.instructables.com/id/Infrared-Smart-Outlet/
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:06:46 PDT
Introduction to MEL Scripting in Maya: 3D Fractals http://www.instructables.com/id/Introduction-to-MEL-Scripting-in-Maya-3D-Fractals/
Introduction to MEL Scripting in Maya: 3D Fractals - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FFC/5WUT/HYZX91NB/FFC5WUTHYZX91NB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFC/5WUT/HYZX91NB/FFC5WUTHYZX91NB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFC/5WUT/HYZX91NB/FFC5WUTHYZX91NB.SMALL.jpg syedrezaali Maya is a very powerful tool for creating 3D animations and motion graphics. You can model, texture, light, animate, and render within the same environment. Maya's visual interface is powerful and deep. It allows people to build very complex scenes and animations. But sometimes, using Maya's visual ...
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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:11:50 PDT
DIY Android Home Automation Box http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Android-Home-Automation-Box/
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Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:47:24 PDT
ARDUINO WIRELESS HOME SECURITY SYSTEM http://www.instructables.com/id/ARDUINO-WIRELESS-HOME-SECURITY-SYSTEM/
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Sun, 3 Aug 2014 03:26:36 PDT
Home automation system using Arduino and SIM900 GSM module http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-automation-system-using-Arduino-and-SIM900-GS/
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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:25:21 PDT
Arduino PIR Motion Sensor http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-PIR-Motion-Sensor/
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:22:20 PDT
JARVIS type voice commands on a Mac http://www.instructables.com/id/JARVIS-type-voice-commands-on-a-Mac/
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Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:38:49 PDT
Turn on and off your things with a laser! http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-on-and-off-your-things-with-a-laser/
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Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:12:33 PDT
Smart Desk For Home Automation http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-Desk-For-Home-Automation/
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Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:04:43 PST
Industrial Arduino! Low cost industrial pick and place machine http://www.instructables.com/id/Industrial-Arduino-Low-cost-industrial-pick-and-pl/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FEA/DK5O/HQ1E05Y7/FEADK5OHQ1E05Y7.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEA/DK5O/HQ1E05Y7/FEADK5OHQ1E05Y7.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEA/DK5O/HQ1E05Y7/FEADK5OHQ1E05Y7.SMALL.jpg GeekSheek I have wanted to join this community for ages, so now the time has come. And i wanted to share this with you all. So this is my first time, be gentle.......  I have always debated wether you could use an Arduino for industrial use...... And well i think i may have answered that question.  How the ...
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Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:20:24 PST
Lunch Decider Wheel http://www.instructables.com/id/Lunch-Decider-Wheel/
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Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:09:25 PST
Make a Staples Easy Button (tm) Control your computer http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Staples-Easy-Button-tm-Control-your-compu/
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Thu, 1 Nov 2012 17:47:59 PDT
Arduino Controllable Lightswitch http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Controllable-Lightswitch/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FSL/U0NH/HMEXSRPY/FSLU0NHHMEXSRPY.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSL/U0NH/HMEXSRPY/FSLU0NHHMEXSRPY.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSL/U0NH/HMEXSRPY/FSLU0NHHMEXSRPY.SMALL.jpg pborges475 Please see version 2 on my personal blog!  http://echotwek.com/wp/2014/03/20/arduino-controlled-light-switch-v2/ When starting my quest for an automated household I learned a few things. Off the shelve solutions are expensive, DIY solutions are typically ugly. and since i cant change the first th...
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Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:53:26 PDT
Smart Home Automation with Voice command http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-Home-Automation-with-Voice-command/
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Fri, 4 Oct 2013 06:25:48 PDT
iPhone Garage Door Opener (Updated!) http://www.instructables.com/id/iPhone-Garage-Door-Opener/
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Tue, 28 May 2013 09:21:00 PDT
Shut Down Your Computer With A Cell Phone http://www.instructables.com/id/Remotely-Shut-Down-Your-Computer-With-A-Cell-Phone/
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Sun, 9 Mar 2008 11:07:27 PDT
Remote control via GPRS/GSM SMS(Arduino) http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-the-relays-via-GPRS-SMS/
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Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:36:09 PST
Control lights in your house with your computer http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-lights-in-your-house-with-your-computer/
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Fri, 5 Oct 2007 15:27:19 PDT
Arduino controlled automated blinds with Web UI http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-controlled-automated-blinds-with-Web-UI/
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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:54:57 PDT
Arduino-Controlled Robotic Drum http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Controlled-Robotic-Drum/
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Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:23:01 PDT
Room Visitor Counter with Relay Control http://www.instructables.com/id/Room-Visitor-Counter-with-Relay-Control/
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Sat, 15 Sep 2012 01:32:57 PDT
Home automation server with router http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-automation-server-with-router/
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Sun, 7 Nov 2010 07:38:31 PST
A watering controller that can be home networked http://www.instructables.com/id/A-watering-controller-that-can-be-home-networked/
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Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:26:51 PDT
A Remotely Programable Relay Controller (Christmas Lights or Home Automation Controller) http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Remotely-Programable-Relay-Controller-Christmas/
A Remotely Programable Relay Controller (Christmas Lights or Home Automation Controller) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FN8/PMQQ/GDH50M0C/FN8PMQQGDH50M0C.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FN8/PMQQ/GDH50M0C/FN8PMQQGDH50M0C.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FN8/PMQQ/GDH50M0C/FN8PMQQGDH50M0C.SMALL.jpg drj113 What was that?  A Whats-a-Maja-Thimagig? Yep - One of those!  This Instructable extends my Arduino Ethernet controller to control a set of up to 6 relays, but that's not the neat bit.  The neat bit is that there is a web based state machine in the AtMega chip so that the relays will operate in wha...
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Thu, 2 Sep 2010 20:06:29 PDT
The Most Useful Machine http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Most-Useful-Machine/
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Sun, 1 Aug 2010 23:05:41 PDT