Home Automation

Hello everyone,I'm looking into automating my home. Control anything from every where. Some sort of centralised computer that will controle my home. Like Hal from 2001 or Sarah from the tv show Eureka.For that I need instructables, I already found this, this and this. but i need more. Any one else know of any instructables that can help me accomplish this task? PS I already made a group for this.

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Doors and WIndows Automation

Hello, I am trying to automate the windows and doors in our barn using NEMA  stepper motor and Lead screw and would like to exert around 20 Kg force for opening or closing. The windows are fairly old and made of wrought Iron. I am wondering if somebody can advise and help me selecting the motor (based on torque) and the appropriate diameter of the Lead screw for this instance.  The idea being that when the lead screw rotates, the ball nut flange moves left or right and pushes the connecting rod out or in thus opening or closing the window I have attached a rough sketch what I had in mind and please pardon me for any mistakes. Many Thanks Ash

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MisterHouse home automation

"MisterHouse is an open source home automation program. It's fun, it's free, and it's entirely geeky. Written in Perl, it fires events based on time, web, socket, voice, and serial data. It currently runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2k/XP and on most Unix based platforms, including Linux and Mac OSX. It can talk, it can check your messages, control the lights, program your VCR, and what is best - it understands spoken commands. It can even track your car by interfacing to a TNC. And there are 600 users and 209 authors contributing to this project. Cool, eh?"

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Automated Garage Door Timer

I have the bad habit of leaving my garage door open sometimes. To come home with your garage wide open is pretty scary. So I was thinking of this idea...  The garage automatically closes after 5 minutes. But that's pretty annoying so I figured you could install a switch underneath the garage door opener that will leave the garage door open. Any ideas on how this could be done or more suggestions? Thanks!

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Service that automates ordering all the parts for your Instructable?

Hey everyone, Sorry to spam the forum; just had a quick question. I am thinking of building a web-based tool that would allow you to drop the bill of materials from an Instructable in, and then other people could order everything at once when they wanted to build your kit. Do you think you would use something like this? What if it didn't have that feature, but it was just a web-based bill of materials builder where you can keep a nice-looking list, with sources, of all the parts? Thanks! Justin

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New Idea About Double Mouse

Hi everyone, im'Jack, i've found on the web your double mouse mouse project, it's very cool n interesting what u can do with it ..and it make think about a new idea of double mouse: is it possible use 2 mouse on the same pc? is it possible create a program that control 2 mouse (n their respective 2 arrows) at the same time? i guess u probably r askin' why!? :-) the answer is about the pc music making: with the mouse i can control the automation of the channels (changing for example the filter cutoff, the resonance, ecc ecc) with a 2nd mouse i can control two automation at the same time with the precision of the xy axes and the control of the mouse!!! it will be absolutely great if someone create this thing, it will be a new music instrument that will change dramaticly the workflow of the music making, expecially on the automations! i think you can do that !!! Please answer, n keep up with your great works!! bye!!

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Automatic slideout drawer

I am looking to build a drawer that will automatically open and close by the flip of a switch. What would be the easiest way to set it up? The drawer will only need to hold several pounds up to ten at the most. Any suggestions?

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Wi-fi enabled window shutters

I want to automate (4)  sets of window shutters (called Plantation shutters.). I have the mechanical parts worked out which I plan to power with a servo motor on each.  Can someone help me work this out? I am somewhat handicapped now and have difficulty getting around from room to room.  There are a total of (22) actual shutters, but I will have the shutters on each window linked together with a rod powered by a positioning servo...four windows...four servos.  The operation can be simultaneous.  I do not need to operate them separately. Thank you for any help you can give.

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SNES controller idea

I thought that it would be a cool idea to stick http://www.amazon.com/MK808-Android-Rockchip-RK3066-Cortex-A9/dp/B009OX22B4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1367876912&sr=8-3&keywords=smart+tv+stick into a SNES controller along with a teensy to automate the buttons. Would this work? I thought this would be cool to play snes9x for android on a TV.

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Are you looking for a KNEX gun/gun-related IDEA???

I was looking at the gatling/machine guns on this site and I thought: hey! if you want to build something cool and incredibly useful, you should try and build something that helps to reload these guns, or makes more ammunition for them! it doesn't have to be automated at first, just a crank that takes a rod and/or rubber band and reloads a spent ammo belt from your favorite automtic knex weapon would be a good start!! Happy hardware hacking! -dmt

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12v and 5v Power Supply from 240v Answered

I am creating a home automation device that uses an arduino. The devices are connected to a relay. The real problem is I am using a using a DTMF decoder with the relay, while the relay works only with 12v power supply the DTMF decoder works only on 5v input (USB from computer to arduino). The devices that I know of are capable of converting a 240 v to 12v or 5v not both. What should be done so that I am able to get a 12v and a 5v from a normal 240v household power socket?

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Calling All Ball Machiners And Knex People! Challenge

I play ping pong ALOT, but since my brothers moved out to college I can't play anymore. I've looked all over the Internet but I can't find any knex ping pong ball thrower/shooter/whatever. So the challenge is (since I can't make one) to create an automated (gravity or motor powered) ping pong ball thrower preferably out of knex. It would be greatly appreciated. Here's some inspiration if you want itHomemade ping pong ball thrower

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Tidy Cat Boxes/Container-What should I do

I was hoping to get some of the awesome minds working on a project of mine. I keep reusing my Tidy Cat buckets. I want to find a better, maybe modular furniture way of using them. Currently they are just storage, unfortunately, I haven't gotten really good at labeling so I just wind up opening one box after another. I've tossed around wine rack, some sort of yarn or craft holder, etc. I would like to paint them, which would be neat. The label is painted on and is not tape, so if I do use plastic paint, the words may still show thru. I haven't been able to buy the litter in a bag because I am not able to get the large bag of litter to work correctly with the automated litter box because it doesn't clump well. If you could look at the image and make some suggestions, it would be great.

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Call for Makers for Maker Faire

Entries are now being accepted for the bay area Maker Faire that will be happening on May 3-4 in San Mateo. This is an awesome event and we'll be there to represent, but we'd love to see some of you guys show off your cool ideas as well. You have until March 12 for entries. If you want to show off what you can bring in person, there are tryouts on Feb. 17 at the Exploratorium.Here are a few suggested topics: - Things Made From Recycled Items - Making Musical Instruments - 3D Printers and CNC Milling - Textile Arts - Home Automation - Rockets - Ham Radio - Puzzles, Games and Toys - Cars (hot rods, custom vans, electric vehicles) - Airplanes and Aeronautics (models, etc) - Biology/Biotech - Chemistry - Food Makers - Model Trains and Planes - Green Tech - Sewing and Felting - Kites - Old Farm or Garden Equipment (Tractors, etc.) - Temporary Structures (Tents, Domes, etc.) - Unusual Tools or Machines - How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.) Call for Makers

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Getting Started At DIY

Hi all I am a mechanical engineering by training. I've worked with Arduinos and loved them a lot. In college, I helped build two race cars in the Formula SAE competitions, and I worked in mechanical workshops doing milling, shaping, grinding, using lathes etc. I loved all of it. However, while I imagine my ideal self spending his weekends in his garage restoring his classic british sports car, I struggle to get excited enough to take on any projects at all. For instance, I have dreams of building my own go kart, writing a smartphone app, building a few home automation things that I have in mind etc, but I lack the courage to start, because I know I will leave it half done. The other thing is that, despite my training, I lack the engineering bent of mind to build things 'properly'. That streak where you choose the right option when designing something. It's hard to describe, but you can tell what was built by an engineer and what wasn't. I would like to ask you, what are your pro tips to getting started and having a long and successful unpaid, voluntary career in weekend hobby projects? Any and all advice is welcome, as are harsh words telling me to 'just freaking pick something and start'. What is your story? How'd you get into liking to build stuff? Did it come naturally to all of you, or did you have to force yourself at first until you started loving it? Thanks in advance.

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Homica - The remote-controlled 'smart house' using Arduino, iPhone and Apple Watch

Homica is a project that thanks to a smart web platform allows to control in a remote way (using an iPhone and Apple Watch) sensors and actuators installed on the Arduino boards. Homica not only allows to monitor our home in all its aspects through a multitude of sensors but also to perform actions on the whole installed actuators. Moreover, Homica is able to execute actions as results of events. This logic will be called "Homica Profile". Below there are just few examples of "Homica Profiles" that can be created using Homica. If we are not at home and we want that the acustic alarm is activated and all the lights goes on and an email is sent when a motion sensor detect the presence of someone in the house. If our garden has an humidity below a certain value, then we have to water it until the soil humidity will be a specific value. If we want to be notified by email if there is a gas leak. If we want that a number of lights goes on if we clap our hands once and we want to turn them off if we claps twice. If we want that all the lights or some goes on or off with a simple action. If we want that some lights goes on if a motion sensor detects a motion. If we want that some lights goes on when night comes and off when becomes day. If we want that an electric kettle and some lights goes on at a specific hour The most interesting aspect is that we can create all the profiles we need directly using the iPhone application called "Homica Remote" without any Hardware changes.   Complete Project Video https://youtu.be/s520dv2i9Rg Remote controlled by an Apple Watch Video https://youtu.be/ZwCsdlMXShk Remote controlled by voice (Speech Recognizer) https://youtu.be/ixZyjLN6izU

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