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

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 11 months 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

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

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 6 years ago

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

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

Automated Log-in

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

Posted by Kdemon 4 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!!

Posted by sakshambhutani 10 months 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 4 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

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:

Posted by nikhilmaurya10 3 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

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

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

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

growerbot, social gardening assistant

Howdy, I've built a follow-up to my garduino project that I'm really excited about. Called growerbot, it's a fully-automated, wifi-connected, open-source gardening assistant. Check it out on kickstarter, and please let me know any ideas to improve it! -Luke

Posted by liseman 6 years ago

Ghost busters theme played on automated floppy disc drives

Found this epic video on Youtube. Someone modified old floppy drives to play music, and it sounds really good.;=g-logo-xit How would one do this?

Posted by ilpug 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

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

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, 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

Video Not Publishing

I am attempting to publish my video, and still it is not publishing. The YouTube code is embedded properly. Apparently, this is a known problem. Is there any sort of temp fix for this?

Posted by Progressive Automations 4 years ago

bar code or qr code?

I am trying to develop an automation project that requires the use of an identification code. i'll be using a application made on delphi, running in a regular PC and the delphi program must read the code and give an order to the electric motor. i want some advice on this matter, like, which code should i use (qr or bar code) and the hardware and software required for this, so tha the delphi program can read it. please help! ps: sorry for any english errors

Posted by nogleo 6 years ago

EcoDimmer: New hardwired/DC LED lighting for DIYs

Hello everyone,My name is Mark Gilmore, and I am the owner/president of Omnipotence Software.We have been developing automation software since 1990, our primary product being "ECS"( have been closely following the trend towards LED lighting for a few years now.But when we looked for systems that could be automated, we found a void in the market.So we decided to make our own:Our "EcoDimmer" controls up to 16 low-wattage (DC) lights or appliances with push-buttons,keypads, and/or automation software (like ECS).To our knowledge, this is the only direct-wired/DC lighting system that can be automated.The EcoDimmer is intended for installers and DIYs.It does not include buttons, lighting, or the dimmer's power supply, as these will varygreatly for different applications. So with the exception of the optional/pre-installed keypad,these must be purchased separately and wired to the unit. But as only 2 connections are required for each, anyone can perform this task with a screwdriver and a knife. For further details, please see welcome any feedback (esp as this is a new product) !Regards,Mark

Posted by MarkGilmore 10 years 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!    

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Posted by Patel Darshil 1 year ago

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?

Posted by renter 8 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

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 8 months ago

Instructables Recruitment

Hey Instructables!I know you like to find neat projects elsewhere on the internet and recruit them for instructables - how about a more automated/websited way for the community to specifically bring to your attention cool projects?Like this one: !!!!*

Posted by stasterisk 10 years ago

I have a concept, i'm hoping someone could help with

I have a unit that i'm thinking of putting wheels/rollers onto, so i can store some DVDs/Blu-rays under my bed. But i started thinking perhaps i can somehow make it automated, so say when i press a button that it comes out. I wouldn't really know where to start, idk even how easy this would be. I did have a quick look to see if anyone had already published anything like this, i can't really say i came across anything, though as i said it was only a quick look.  Any help would be appreciated. 

Posted by BradSabbath 2 years ago

Does anyone do Automated Car Wash System by using Arduino with LDR?

I wish to know how am i able to write a program which i could control the water spraying, brushing and drying by using arduino.  My project is to use a laser pointer which will send the signal to the LDR and it will trigger the water to spray, brush and dry the toy car on the conveyor belt. Can anyone help me?? I'm a diploma student, and my supervisor is a mad man which who asked me to do such project which he doesn't know either.  The first image is how i think my circuit looks like The second image shows what i had done

Posted by ahchuan.ycc 3 years ago

Not receiving any email updates

I have stopped receiving any email alerts since 02.07.2009 - have in the interim periodically checked the site, but would like to receive the automated alerts again. Have not changed email address nor have I deliberately or inadvertently modified any of my account settings.

Posted by dhugall 8 years ago

Reactive Lighting

Has anyone seen the LED lighting in some grocery store freezers that comes on only when you stand near it? I'm wondering if anyone knows of a circuit I could build that i could line my hallways with LEDs and have them come on as I walk down the hall?

Posted by tfrost1980 7 years ago

How long on contest response?

When I entered a contest I received the automated email, but it's been two days (like that email says) and I've neither seen it approved nor received any email as to why not. Is there just a back-log? Do I have a bad expectation that both approvals and denials get an email? Thanks! -Zac

Posted by ZacWolf 5 years ago

How does this Automatic Pour Over Brewer Work?

I'm looking to build my own automatic pour-over coffee brewer. Does anyone know how the water spout is moving in that spiral rotation?

Posted by Brennn10 4 years ago

Missing instructables

Seven of my instructables are mysteriously missing. e.g. Why????

Posted by Computothought 2 years ago

velleman 8055 pc to mains light

Hi all, I would like to know if any of you would like me to upload my plans on how to use the velleman 8055 board to switch on your mains lights? This is a simple example of how to automate your home from your own PC. The applications for this are endless as long as you can program in Visual Basic.

Posted by johnkj 11 years ago

Need a receipt for Pro Membership Purchase

I purchased a Pro Membership for a program we run at a school.  I need some sort of receipt for the membership purchase to give to our accountants so i can track it in my budget.  Is there a way to get one? I tried emailing a few times but only got back automated emails in return.  Thanks for the help..

Posted by ecorral 7 years ago

sexy six axis robot arm

I want to thank everyone for the truly massive response to my robot arm. I have decided to launch a Kickstarter for this arm to fill a need that exsits for a low cost robot arm that anyone can program and help to automate the workplace.

Posted by sparten11 3 years ago

SNES controller idea

I thought that it would be a cool idea to 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.

Posted by qquuiinn 5 years ago

Aquarium project

I hope I'm not stepping on anyones toes here. I just posted a new topic in Aquarium Projects. It involves using a microcontroller (starting with Parallax BS2 and eventually switching to AVR) to automate some of the tank maintains. Please delete this if it is some sort of violation to refer to a topic in another forum. Otherwise, it is at: would really appreciate any advice I can get.Thanks!

Posted by GlobalVillageIdiot 10 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 3 years ago

Filming 1 drop every second for 24 hours

Hi there! I need to be able to control the dripping of water to around 1 drip every second or so. What are my possible solutions? Is it worth trying to go down the home made drip kit route? Or would it be better to try and get my hands on a medical IV drip and regulator? Any ideas? Thanks :D

Posted by tabascooo 6 years ago

Green indoor gardening

I have had an interest in building a greenhouse like area with flouresent bulbs, automated water, and climate control. For the water i could hook up a hose on a timer to a bit of pvc but what is the best way to get proper climate control. What is the desired composition of a water? I guess the question is how do i get nutrient water and proper vitamins straight to a plant?

Posted by Mikethebuilder 10 years ago

Automated Single-Picture conversion for Anaglyph (3D glasses) except "Lasso3D"?

> foundBas-Relief Demo ( ) which is great and allows most things i need in the demo version :-) It just needs a depth map, which I draw manualy by setting the brush transparency for different layer or drawing closer areas brighter.Still, I am open to any other program suggestions! :-)Hello,I am currently trying to convert a few photos, just so the people in front look further infront. I know how to do it manualy (cut objects infront, smudge hole, paste a bit further to the right, repeat layer for layer..., then i join the original image and the new one with AnaBuilder / AnnaBuilder / Zanag Z-Anaglyph) but I am looking for a program to convert the pictures, since its just taking long for not-so-creative work.Exept a bunch of totaly automated 2d-to-3d programs that work only on a limited number of images but are great to test anyway( Auto3D, Neurosys Anaglyph)I only found / Lasso3D (By Robert Spoons) where you roughly select the objects infront and the software does the rest.Its working good, but only for screen-sized resolutions, since no scrolling is possible :-( Thats a downside, since I want to print the images with a higher resolution.Does anyone know another (freeware?) tool or a simpler method in psp or gimp to convert images? / Lasso3D (By Robert Spoons)Thanks in advance for any help & ideas!-Marcus

Posted by schorhr 11 years ago

Idea on printer mod to contour painter.

I've been thinking about this for some time now. Over the years I've accumulated a lot of computer related junk and it's time to do something with it. I would like to take an ordinary ink jet printer and convert it into an automated painter, to be more precise it would be a HVLP spray painter for painting motorcycles, cars, houses, etc. Now the question is where do I start?

Posted by westgross 10 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

need advice for process control software

I am new to process control software. We are working on a solar steam project that will require some form of automated control. We need suggestions for software (preferably open source and will run on a windows pc) that will handle temp and pressure data aquisition. The software should also be able to affect small electric motors based on the data parameters. Also any recommendations for temp and pressure (psi) sensors would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any suggestions

Posted by culinadge 10 years ago