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How to build an automated motorized curtain puller alarm clock? Answered

I'd like to rig up a system which will automatically pull open the curtains in my bedroom at a preset time in the morning. The curtains open quite nicely by pulling on strings tied to their inside ends, and it'll be easy to run both those strings to a central location where they can be wound around some sort of motorized spool. So, what I need is a simple little motor (needn't be too powerful, I'd think) that can drive such a spool, and then some way to control it based on the time. Something as simple as a light switch timer, though, which merely switches a circuit on or off at a given time, isn't quite enough, because the motor will need to run for, say, 5 seconds to open the curtains and then stop. Ideally, it would be nice if there was a user-friendly interface I could use to set the time of the curtain alarm, and there should also be a way to just press a button to trigger the opening on command.
Any thoughts? Thanks very much!

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steveastrouk (author)2012-07-05

If its appearing where it is, it was posted on the 4th July.......

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framistan (author)2012-07-05

If your real objective is to get LIGHT into the room, then opening the curtains is not the easiest way. Just get a 2 dollar timer that turns on a desklamp in the bedroom every morning. That's what I have used for many years, the light comes on and helps wake me up in the morning. Works great costs little.

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