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.

Posted by Anoniempje 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Automated Lighting?

Hi there, I am renting a place for my new office for 3D animation and I wanted to make an automatic lighting system to turn on lights when I'm in a room and off when I move to another room. How easy/hard is it to do that? And what do I need to make my light switch on and off slowly? Cheers, Shawin.

Posted by beatoven 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


home automation

I finished a project to control lights and window with pic18f2553  i programmed it on c++ every thing is going ok but the problem is when i connect the window (with up and down) the first command start but when i stop that command the program freeze

Posted by thijaz 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Computer controlled remote control

Anyone here have ideas on creating a computer-automated cable box remote control, so that I could use my computer to schedule when to turn the cable box on/off as well as have the computer make the remote select the appropriate channel?

Posted by etelos 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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.

Posted by hrp1937 1 year ago


what electronics do I need for push solenoid to extend and retract once with 5 sec delay after power on from 110 timer?

Trying to automate cassette tape deck for my church. deck & amp power on from external power interrupt timer. need to build device with push solenoid to extend & retract once on a 5 sec. delay after power comes on to push play button on tape deck. timer turns on for 10 min. Mon-Sat. & for 20 min. on Sun. what electronics do I need for this and a simple schematic would help.

Asked by mackdriver 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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?"

Posted by The G-Man 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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

Posted by AshishJ61 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Passive home automation

Hey all, been working out idea's for a project recently, and kind of stuck on one point. So the plan is to do up some automation in my basement. Right now I was starting with my desk, using a phidget usb relay controller to control desk lamps, move on to insteon for actual ceiling lights, but one thing I want to do would be passive control. So if the system detects me coming down the stairs it will turn on the ceiling lights, then when it detects me sitting at my computer the computer will log me in. I was thinking rfid, but not finding any hobby boards for rfid with ranges over a couple of centimeters. I know people have done this with bluetooth, but on testing my computer will connect to my phone if I'm just about anywhere upstairs above the computer and kills the point of this whole endeavor so any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by Frentraken 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


automated hydroponic system ?

Hello, I want to make automated hydroponic grown plant system that will sense condition and provide sufficient Mineral Nutrients for growing hydroponic plant.  we place the seed into water, seed grow into water , growth should start after 2 or 3 weeks.we don’t feed fertilizer until the first set of true leaves appears When seeding develop their true leaves and roots. Its time to feeding fertilize.we need to provide right fertilizer for good growth Most common fertilizer is NPK, after two or three weak or after the first set of true leaves appear we need to fertilize plant. Fertilize approx every two weeks Automated system (small and low cost system) Parameter – conductivity Project part list Electrodes probes Micorcontroller Amplifier or filter Resistor A to D converter Ic Volve or relay Automated system that Add more or less fertilizer into water ,that maintain conductivity range Best time to fertilize plant Time- fertilize plant after their active growth ,after two or three weak or after the first set of true leaves apper we need to fertilize plant ADD small value of NPK into water because small plant take less fertilizer After two weeks Add large value of NPK into water because large plant take large fertilizer Provide enough NPK to complete their life cycle we can measure conductivity of whole solution. how to make Automated system that will Add more or less fertilizer into water on basis of conductivity If plant need more or less fertilizer system  will adjust itself

Asked by vead 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Automated fluid dropper

Hi, I want to release droplets of water one-by-one on command, and have been doing some research on how to do that, but I'm wondering if anyone has some other ideas or has heard of a ready-made solution. So far I have come across: ======== -peristaltic pumps with really low flow rates, like the one here http://aptinstruments.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store;_Code=AI∏_Code=SP100VO&Category;_Code= It goes down to 0.09 ml/minute, which should be small enough. I can selectively turn the pump on and off, feeding water to a small tube or dropper end, producing the water drops. These are pretty expensive, the cheapest one I've seen is around $60. ======== -DIY systems like the one pictured here with a solenoid opening and closing a safety pin on a tube. http://www.maggiecarsonromano.com/index.php?/projects/what-made-the-wound-wound-the-thread/ Maybe I could tune the distance of the solenoid so it just opens the pin a tiny amount, and a drop or so is allowed through. ======== -or I could use a more typical water pump, attach it to something with a really small aperture. I could turn the pump on and off. I have a hard time picturing drop-by-drop control with this, I might be able to release very small amounts, and maybe some 2nd reservoir between the motor and dropper could be designed to aid this. ======== Is there a ready-made solution to what I'm trying to do? If I just get a regular water pump what should I look for? Ideally I'd like to get a pump that's as quiet as possible, too. Thanks bros. Josh  

Posted by djdune 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Home automation system configuration?

I have recently purchased a used home automation system off of eBay. The whole package included the following items. 1. Amber Wireless AMB8425-M USB Stick 2. Aeon Z-Stick S2 USB Stick 3. Huawei E173u-2 Boradband USB stick 4. 3 x Zwave Socket adapters 5. 7links NAS Print/ USB Server Photos of these modules can be seen below. The seller was not aware how all these modules can be put together into a home automation system. I googled for sometime and figured out that I can setup an indoor automation solution using only the Aeon-Zwave USB and the Z-Wave socket adapters, and control them using my android phone. Can someone please help me how can i use the remaining modules and setup the automation for remote access as well ? Many thanks

Asked by muhammajunaid 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Large automated nut roaster?

I am not particularly gifted at the finer points of building things and would love your thoughts: Have you made, seen, or have ideas for a very simple automated, rotating DIY roaster that could be used to roast a large amount of nuts? Or on a simpler scale, Ideas for adding a motor to one of those whirley pop popcorn stovetop jobbies to get the handle turning automatically? Thanks all!

Asked by susie 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Ic for ir base automation ?

Hi I want to make a 4 relay controller with ir . That means I want to control 4 relays with ir based remote control I have see some modules from internet but the ic name is removed. I want a Ic ( not micro controller or maybe a Attiny 85) to read different signals from ir receiver and trun on and of the relays. So please give me circuit with ic name. Thanks   

Asked by Soumojit 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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!

Posted by BrianKT 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Automated Garage Door light?

I would like to install a light when my garage door is opening (it's an automated door). This light would be useful for me to actually see how to reverse my car in the garage. Does anybody know what components I should use? I would like to have the light trigger when the garage motor switches on and then keep on running for some minutes after it finishes. I have some knowledge in electronics and electricity. Also what would be cool is if the light only switches on when it's dark.?

Asked by ibugeja 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Automated lighting inside wardrobe?

I'm in the middle of custom building a fitted wardrobe.  So far, I have hacked an Ikea PAX Wardrobe to fit into a wall with a custom shape.  The issue I am now facing is how to do the lighting.  On the right side, I have 3 shelves which I want to underlight, and on the left side, there are 2 rails. I had a look at the Ikea wardrobe lights, however they are motion activated, which is no use since the motion sensor would be blocked. Does anyone know how I can rig up some LED strips to maybe some sort of reversible magnetic switch that can be mounted on the doors, or some sort of other solution.  I would need all the parts though, and don't even know where to start. Any suggestions?

Asked by K20Evo 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Automated arduino Water gun

Hi, Im looking for some advice on a current project.. The idea is to build an arduino controlled water turret that sprays water at cats in my back garden. The basis of the idea is a few PIRs to cover 360 degrees, a stepper motor and possibly a windscreen washer kit to spray the water. I want the project to be portable so dont particually want to have a mains water feed. My main issue is the method of spraying the water, Im considering a 12v pump kit but thinking there could be an issue with how far one of these pumps would actually spray the water. I have an ardunio uno and a couple PIRs and dont want to be spending a great amount of money on the project although if i can find a decent method of firing the water then i could increase the budget slightly.  Any ideas or similar projects out there where i might get some inspiration?  Any help would be appriciated

Posted by jimf1984 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Automate Astronomy Dome - Help

I am interested in building an electronic system to control the orientation of an astronomy dome based on the orientation of the telescope. I need suggestions on the various components I might use. Motivation: This is a Meade 16" LX200 telescope in an Ash Dome. Owned by a friend who doesn't use it much. I get to use it, maintain it, enhance it for about 1 week a year. I can control the scope with my laptop using a program like "The Sky". However, after the telescope is pointed, I have to manually manage the dome and rotate it with a bi-directional switch. Very tedious. The motor is 1/4 HP, 1725RPM, drawing 5.6 Amps at 120VAC. There are programs that can be used with the telescope control to manage the rotation of the dome, but I am thinking of a lower-tech solution. I would like to put some reflecting tape (perhaps mirrors) on the sides of the dome slot and point some lights (perhaps LED lasers) with a pickup device (hence the idea of the garage door styled "electronic eye"). The general idea would be to set up some simple device that would detect the change in location of the direction that the telescope is pointing, and activate the dome to track with the telescope. If the telescope turns, the light would no longer be reflected and the dome would try to "find" itself or re-orient to a point where the light is once again detected by the reflection from the mirrors on the dome. I was thinking about: Garage door electronic eye activators 120V 6A relay switches 2 enhancements: detect direction of the telescope; bar codes in the reflective tape wireless signals to send activation to relay switches (telescopes go in circles and eliminating wires is always good.) Anyone have any ideas about pre-built components, sources of good relays, electronic eyes, etc? TIA, Chris.

Posted by chrisjx 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Home Automation category?

Is there any chance of getting a Home Automation category in the Technology section of the site? A search for home automation yields some results, but neglects microcontroller projects in the home and other things. Would be a big help!         -Luke

Posted by lkarmaz2 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Home Automation Instructables!

Home automation is the reserve of those with actual money. How about some instructables that do home tasks for you, maybe a doorbell-to-USB hack, or others? what are your ideas? Paradox Detected.

Posted by paradoxdetected 9 years ago


How can i make an Automated Plant Watering for plants on balcony?

I have one tap and 8 flowerpots on a balcony. How can i construct an  Automated Plant Watering for plants?

Asked by kalliopib 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Arduino Home Automation

My new home is under construction and I was thinking of arduino based home automation for it. I am new to the arduino family so is it possible for anyone to help me step by step? It would be great if it is iOS controlled. Thanx in advance

Posted by harsh7827 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Make my plasma cutter into an automated plasma cutter?

 I am wondering if anyone has taken their plasma cutter and outfitted it with an automated system? I use a Miller 625 unit by hand. Can this be adapted into an automated cnc outfit? Many thanks, Nicholas

Asked by Nehaniv 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Automated plastic waste collection device

Does anyone have an idea about collecting plastic waste from lakes and rivers?If you do share your ideas it should be a machine which is automated to collect plastic waste from water.

Posted by ZaynH 2 months ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


An Idea for a Connected & Automated Healthcare Platform.

 Watch video demonstration of our Idea of a Connected and Automated healthcare platform. This project is part of a compitition so we need to popularize our video to go ahead into finals. If you like our Idea please share that Youtube link, more view means greater chances of clearing this round. Thank you. YouTube Link: http://youtu.be/J413BVBs6so

Posted by nikhilmaurya10 3 years ago


Mechanical parts for automated curtain control

Hi guys,I am building an automated curtain control, based on an ESP8266, to be controlled by the sun comming up (or going down) or by time or by smartphone. The electronics and software are all but complete, but I do have a problem...First, how can I open and close the curtains? I was thinking about a fishing wire in a loop, but how do I get enough traction from a pulley to move the curtains?Second, how can I make sure that the curtains can be opened and closed manualy, without frying the motor? Third, how do I detect the position of the curtain?Alex

Asked by alex452 3 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


Automated Delivery Gate Image Capture

Hi everyone, I wanted to see if you guys can give me some advice or point me in the right direction (preferably towards an instructable) to achive my goal.  I am trying to improve upon an access gate. Currently It just opens with a remote controller. The improvements I want to implement are the following: 1. Place cameras to automatically take pictures of the vehicle as soon as it arrives from all angels     I was thinking maybe with an IR sensor of some sort 2. send those images to an email or to a database. 3. have the driver be able to scan documents and upload them to the database or send to an email, and be alerted when they have done so.  I want something like they have at the border checkpoints with those cameras, and also with the document upload. Any feedback is welcome. thank you!    

Posted by glomb 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


ESP8266 Huzzah automated connection protocol

Hello guys! I would like to make a very small android app (or anything easy to use) so that at first :1. The ESP functions as a Wifi router in a local area (so no internet access) and allows anyone using a phone for example to connect to its network to enter the credintials of his home wifi2. The ESP board automatically changes to Wifi client and connects to the given SSID/ PAssword entered by the user. This would allow people to change ssid connections on a different wifi access point even if they don't know how to use any IDE. If anyone knows a tutorial or another topic with the same question i'd be happy to know ! Thanks

Posted by FlorianL17 11 months ago


(Arduino) automated macro-photography rail

Hi everyone, I would like to build an Arduino automated macro-photography rail (let's call it AAMR). I'm a decent software engineer and I want to learn electronics, so I'm looking for someone telling me I'm going in the right direction... The idea sounds simple, I want to : 1/ place the subject on the AAMR 2/ input the # of pictures needed to perform a "focus stacking" (https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Focus_stacking) 3/ push the start button and make the AAMR loop n times through the following steps : - trigger the camera to take a picture of the subject - move the subject 1 millimetre toward the camera After a couple weeks reading and day-dreaming, here are my thoughts. I need : - to read more :) - a steeper motor and its driver (I own bipolar steppers and L298 / L293 IC) - to trigger the camera (Canon EOS 70d : remote cable is quite easy to make) - a potentiometer and 2* 7segment displays (input and display the # of pictures) - a start button - a reset button to make the rail come back at position Zero - two "end of course" buttons (not sure about the English terminology), just in case the motor wants to jump over the board - power (5v for the arduino and the logic, 12v for the motors) I. Arduino ---------- First things first, I plan to use an Arduino Uno during prototyping and replace it by a home made board in the final product. Uno has 14 Digital I/O Pins and 6 Analog Input Pins : - stepper => 6 Digital pins (3 ?? if using http://www.bristolwatch.com/L298N/L298N_arduino.htm) - 7segment led => 3 Digital pins if using shift registers (https://www.instructables.com/id/Different-methods-of-driving-7-Segment-LED-display/step5/null/) - start button => 1 Digital pin - reset button => 1 Digital pin - "end of course" buttons => 2 Digital pins - camera trigger => 1 Digital pin (to drive an opto isolator / solid state relay) - potentiometer => 1 Analog pin 14 Digital pins ! Uno should do the job, am I right ? (I know I could use Analog pins as Digital ones, but it seems I don't need it...) II. PSU ------- Next interrogation is about power supply : I don't want a battery powered device and my options are scarce : - ATX PSU supplies both 5 and 12v, but Arduino seems to like >5v, so ATX doesn't seem a good choice - home made PSU from an existing wall wart -> voltage divider to get ~7v and ~14v -> 7805/7812 voltage regulator (may need heatsinks and/or little fan) If I do the math : - Arduino : 50ma - Stepper motor : 700mA max - L298 : 70mA (quiescent current) - 2* 7Segment LED (multiplexed) : 2 * 80mA (estimated) - Shift registers IC (SN74HC595N) : 1ma (optional : Hex inverter 74LS04 : ?? mA) Total : around 980mA... Am I doing right ? I have tons of questions left (Hex inverter, filter capacitors, motor noise reduction, solid state relays...), but it's a good start :) Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for your answers ! D

Posted by djezzz 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


In over my head - pH automation

Hi all,I'm in need of help. Due to my previous jobs and general knowledge a friend has asked me if I could build an automatic pH regulation system that will monitor and maintain two tanks (it sounded easy to me at the time) but I've suddenly found myself out of my depth.Having spent long evenings searching on the web and on here, I've seen a few builds of monitors and a couple of dosing systems but none are just what is wanted as they are only set up for single tanks, or not combined into an auto-doser, or too "over-tech'd" or multi-purpose orientated and I don't have the knowledge to adapt or alter things to my requirements. Plunging straight in at the deep end with no real idea of what I'm doing and can actually be done, I'm thinking I should be able to (theoretically) assemble and program an Arduino controlled system, with the one box doing the job of monitoring and regulating both tanks independently, so two sensors, pumps etc., from what I gather it's by adding different boards to the base unit (I did say I know nothing). I don't need wifi or anything like that, just a simple device with a basic display showing the current values that will sit there and just do the job.I think I have the capability to actually build and program the thing having a background in electrics and a little knowledge of relay control systems - not electronics, I start getting lost just after the transistor/diode level and BASIC is more my programming level (yes, I may be THAT old, but I'm still trying to learn), and so what would really help me is if anyone out there can point me towards a site or pages where I can find the info I need, hopefully that doesn't assume years of prior experience, to either build or adapt something to what I want, or even aim me towards someone who could be able to supply me a design and components list, either for fee or free. Cheers!

Posted by hobbit590 5 weeks ago  |  last reply 17 days ago


Can Automator run on Mac OS X Jaguar?

I have an old iMac DV (2000) which has Mac OS X Jaguar on it. Can I copy the Automator program from another Macintosh running Mac OS X Tiger onto my iMac and run it?

Asked by erikals 9 years ago


Automated License Plate Recognition - Good ? Bad ? Indifferent?

Is this a good thing? Does anyone see any possible bad in it (drawbacks, ways to abuse the system)? One place the videos can be found

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Home Automation Version 2

Hey Internet! I recently made this Instrucable! Today I am starting to make its Version 2! Please give me your valuable feedback! What should I add? , What to remove? Please help me out!! https://www.instructables.com/id/Octopod-a-Smart-IOT-Home-Automation-Project/

Posted by sakshambhutani 1 year ago


Automated Log-in

Hello Instructable community, I have an amazing idea.  Every time we visit instructables.com, it does not remember who I am.  Its easy enough to click log in with Facebook.  How about automating that feature like goodreads.com

Posted by Kdemon 5 years ago


I want to build a home automation system similar to the one liek made by HAI homeauto.com, that is not x10... Answered

I want to build a home automation system similar to the one liek made by HAI homeauto.com, that is not x10...but sends signals to the switches bi-directionally to and from each wall switch or plug...keypads, screens, thermostas, etc have cate 5 run to them...and this all can be controlled via pc/network, screens or media center...ideas?

Asked by IdeaVault 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I make an automated ball pitching machine?

Can anyone show or tell me how to make a ball pitching machine, similar to the ones they use for practicing baseball and tennis? I want to make one for my dog. Thanks for your help in advance.

Posted by Lulebelle 4 years ago


How do I make a cheap automated drawer?

I want to build a simple headboard for my bed and have a vertical drawer pop out from both left and right. How do I build an automated pop-out drawer, especially on a (relative) budget? I was thinking of having basic springs attached to the back of the drawers to push them out constantly, only to be kept closed by some locking mechanism that opens the drawer when stimulated by a switch.

Posted by spidey1588 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Suggestions for automating the DVD copying process to preserve the collection?

I have about 2000+  DVD movies. I want to transfer them all to my new storage system(HDDs in terabytes) as image files. I just wanted to know if there is a device which can automate this process or anything I could make to auto-feed the disks? Thanks

Asked by mirzahadi 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is a DIY easy(wish) automated dispenser on a timer possible?

Hi all! My 11yo son is determined to make an automated medicine dispenser that releases medication at set times as his science project for school. (Inspired by 2 of his grandparents who are doing it tough with cancer). His idea is to basically automate the pill dispense so that the carer can load up each dose, and it will be released at the predetermined time, hopefully with an alarm or similar, to notify the patient... It's a intermediate school science project so doesn't need to be commercially ready, but he's struggling to work out how to automate it and attach the timer/clock function. Any ideas? I'm decidedly more mechanically minded than his dad, but that's not saying much, and whilst our son is definitely mechanically minded, up to this point he hasn't really had any circuitry etc or motors to work with, beyond lego technics etc. Is anyone able to point me in the direction of what might do the trick, without breaking the bank? Thanks so much!!

Asked by ColeyC66 8 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


Automated dimming LED Aquarium light with moonlights? Answered

How do I make a Aquarium light that is automated simulating dawn and dusk, then turn on/off moonlights using LEDs? I want the system to be based upon time. The array of LEDs for daytime use can slowly 'awaken' over the course of an hour then the after a specified length of time, the daylights slowly turn off then start to slowly turn on moonlights. I saw an instructable that showed how to mimic the outside lighting to replicate that in the tank but I don't have my aquarium that close to a window so I'd rather it be based upon a programmable clock.

Asked by seadweller43 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Automated Jupe tableor Fletcher Capstan table

Hi! I recently stumbled across the fletcher capstan table design, which I have researched into, and found a lot of info on them and the basis for them, Jupe tables. Basically, it is around table which expands into a bigger round table, instead of into an oval table.Heres a link, http://www.dbfletcher.com/capstan/So what I would love to do is design a similar self-contained expanding round table, but one which is automated. From the videos provided on the site, I have come up with a half dozen or more ideas on how to make a similarly functioning table. I am not sure which, if any, of these approaches DB Fletcher uses. I also don't know if it would violate any patents or coprights or whatever to make one for myself, if I design it myself, simply inspired by how his works...?In any event, none of the ways I can think of to make it work seem easily automated. I'm just wondering if anyone here might come up with some ideas? If we can come up with something which I could build, I would love to document it and make an instructable!

Posted by karossii 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


build a automated dvd machine (for a LOT of dvds)

  I am wanting to be able to line up the dvds something like a carousel but would rather have them in a row so that i can make more rows to add more disc.  I was thinking of using those clear plastic discs that are packed in spinals of discs but i cant even figure out what to call them so i can order bulk of them. If I cut each one in half (the clear plastic disc) then they would be good spacers. and help would be Great. Thank You In Advance.   A robot arm will be doing the retrieval.

Asked by TRSDOS 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Scholarship idea - Automated Store Inventory Manager

The objective of my project would be to use the Create platform as a mobile platform to help manage inventory in a store like Walmart. The concept would be based on RFID. A reader would be mounted on the robot and it will detect passive tags on the products stacked in the shelves. The mobile platform would autonomously wander around the store after hours, collect and collate data and generate a reorder report at the end of its run, which would in turn be transmitted via RF to a PC. Implementation would be carried out such that it could be ported to a real world scenario. Also, it would ensure that all the stacks have been visited during its run.

Posted by robot_challenge 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Computer Science Project: Automated Follow Spot

Hi all!  This is my first post on instructables. I've been using this website for years to facilitate many projects, however this is the first time I'll actually be posting any questions of my own on the forums! Exciting! I'll cut to the chase, for my computer science A - Level I am required to complete a programming project, complex enough to get me a good grade, but feasible enough to actually complete! I decided to take a more practical approach and have arrived at the decision to make a robot of some kind. As I'm heavily involved with the drama department in the school I wanted to create something that could also help them. I decided upon an automated device that can use some form of trilateration to determine the position of a person on stage and then position a light to light them up. For those who have more experience in the world of technical theatre, I'm talking about an Automated follow spot. For those who don't here is a link to a wiki page.    The premise being that a person normally has to control a follow spot, pointing it at the person (or people) on stage, to light them up. An issue we have is that sometimes we don't have enough stage hands to operate the follow spots, which means they're left by the wayside. My idea will negate the need to have a human operator and should simply follow the person around the stage. The main idea at the moment is to use a single long range bluetooth transmitter, attached to a wristband (which would be worn by the actor/actress) and have three long range receivers, which in conjunction can trilaterate the position of the actor/actress and position the light to illuminate them. I have a couple of  questions: 1. Firstly, is this feasible? This is a project that I really want to see through to fruition, especially as it will count towards my final A-level. For someone of my level of knowledge/experience - is this possible? 2. What would be the best method for transmitting the radio signal? Bluetooth sprung to mind instantly, but is this the best option? I know there might be potential pitfalls in that a theatre is full of metal items and interfering signals that could disrupt this, so are there any better alternatives? I know there are only two questions for now, but I've only just started the design of the project. I'm sure when I get seriously into it I'll have many many more, but I trust that the good people of instructables will be able to provide some help! Thanks again, Eliot C-Hill

Posted by EliotC2 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


would you know what these components are

Asked by MijoČ1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How to load an app within webpage iframe? How to automate script on windows?

The android app via bluestacks is what I want within a webpage and if possible to also embed this within my app (.exe). How can I also let an automated script to run on booting to open a command. How to load an app within webpage iframe? How to automate script on windows prompt within a file location then input a code then press enter and leave it open. This will be repeated every time after booting. The free app is what I want to restrict directly from clients.

Asked by awise303 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Is it possible to use programmable pic in making our project coin automated changer?

Our project coin automated changer. the user will insert 5 peso coin and it will dispense 5 (1 peso coins) by the use of programmable pic, is it possible? any suggestions? thanks.

Asked by viennie 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I am trying to automate a hydroponics system with many sensors and realys. Has any one done this before?

Sensors: Air Temp Water Temp Humidity Air Flow Light Levels Water Depth Ph Levels Co2 Levels in the Air Co2 Levels in the water Oxygen Levels Air Oxygen Levels Water

Asked by ckirchner001 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

Posted by justindunham 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago