I'm sure many people have hamsters and did a lot of houses like in photoset below.
Posted by ivan.veretelnyk 10 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
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
I'm planning on setting up a simple home security system for my home. I was thinking of using Wireless IP webcams, placed in strategic locations, monitored by software with a motion sensing function. I would tweak the sensitivity and add null zones as needed. I would probably only use two or three cameras to start out, and have the software save ten or twenty seconds of video when the motion sensor was triggered. EASY. Once I have the motion sensing bugs worked out, I'd like for the software to email/text message me. I think most of the security programs for webcams out there can do this. I've had good experiences with one program that also let you run an image server so you can view current images through the internet. The TRICKY part is how I would like to set up the network of wireless IP webcams. What I was hoping to do is have one machine that was dedicated to running the cameras. My goal was to use my two wireless routers so that I could have two seperate networks, one for the cameras, and one for all the other devices (laptops, desktops, game systems, printers). My question is, do I connect the router for the cameras to the computer that will run the security software, or do I plug that router into the router for the other devices? I've never worked with two of these small LinkSYS routers at the same time, so I'm not sure if I should be trying to create some sort of network bridge, or if I would maybe connect the camera router and camera computer via the WAN port of the router, since all of the camera images would be displayed on a image/web server running on that computer, accessed from the internet via the other router. Also, I've never worked with wireless IP webcams, so if there is any sort of quirck that I should know about that your average instructables user couldn't figure out, any help or advice with that would be much appreciated as well. Thanx Tony P.S. Eventually, I'd like to add in a strobe that would blink and a siren that would sound for a short time. I think I could figure this part out with "Pico Servers" and some relays.
Posted by NozeDive 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Has anyone had any experience with a home exchange for a vacation where home owners swap houses to save on expenses and have a nicer place to stay while on a holiday? Do you know which sites are best, do you know what questions I should ask?
Asked by Ninzerbean 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
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
Hello, I work on CNC Alamode project, raspberry pi and Alamode is configured to control 3 stepper motors: My configuration: Raspberry Pi Alamode (Arduino compatible), 3 stepper motors and 3 EasyDriver. Everything works, grbl is ok. Here is my story: I wanted to install a homing system, I first started with the x axis, as in the drawing, it worked well, it has stopped the motor, but I realized that the current 5v passed directly on Limit X (D9), without 330 Ohm resistance. Then I put this resistor like a drawing but now the homing no longer works. My question is: Have I damaged my card, knowing that everything works? Can I redo my original configuration without resistance? My last statement : 4.96 Volts between limit x (D9) and Ground. Thank you for your help. http://www.exonet3i.com
Posted by end3x 4 years ago
"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
Well, the last home page change wasn't quite as successful as we'd hoped. We heard people saying that they didn't like the moving pictures, and wanted the titles visible, without having to hover. So I've just pushed out some modifications that change those things. We hope the current version is better!
Posted by rachel 7 years ago
I've been seeing a lot recently about Facebook's "Home" software taking over Android phones, but I can't find anything about choice - will this Home thing take over all Android devices (say, as part of an update), or is it something you choose to download and install? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22025729
Asked by Kiteman 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
I'm thinking about using PFCs (power factor correction capacitors) for my whole house. Has anyone here done it? I currently use PFCs on my neon sign transformer (an d it works), but I have a question. Why wouldn't one capacitor effect my whole house? or does it and it's just because it's a tiny cap (only about 20uF) that the results are negilagble? Also, what stops it from just affecting my house to the whole power grid? thankyou EDIT: I just read somewhere that the power company for residential homes charges the same whether you use PFCs or not, they just somehow mesure the real power... Is that true?
Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Every time i go on instructables since Tuesday the home page acts up. (most likely for attention) The part that is normally orange is now white. (This only happens on the home page) This didn't bother me at all until i tried to look at the Epilog contest. I realized that the contest section is missing. I can still navigate my way there but it is kinda tedious and frustrating. Not to much of a problem but time consuming. Any suggestions?
Posted by fearme36 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I'm trying to set up a home dial-in server. I'd like it to have these features: -Runs from DOS -Can answer on the fourth ring -If no one is home, can redirect the call to the answering machine if it does not detect a computer on the other end (I.E. redirect if it doesn't hear computer tones) That last note is especially important. I've looked at the getty series, but it seems that it's only for Linux. Is there a way to do it with Kermit, C-Kermit, or any other of the Kermit programs? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
Posted by 1up 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
We brought home our new eight week puppy last night, our three year old Shih Tzu snarled a couple of times but now ignores the puppy. I'm praising our older dog when she goes up to the pup without aggression and is mostly ignoring the pup but what is most upsetting is our older dog with us as she seems withdrawn her affections towards us- will this change?
Asked by KatrinaD19 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
There's the technology today to produce most of the comedies seen in star trek, not just the original series. I'm talking the TNG or DS9. The automatic sliding doors are seen in almost every supermarket. You would install them with steel or aluminum doors with the design seen on the shows. Come badges could be produced. The only problem would be wearing a cellphone sized device somewhere on your body. The hypo spray could be developed with our technology, we use syringes more often. The technology in hyposprays was used in mass vachination machines. I'm sure it could be miniaturized. Isolinear chips compare to memory sicks or SD cards of today. One could install touchscreen monitors throughout one's house linked to a central computer. Microphones and speaker hidden throughout the house could provide the voice access like seen in star trek. Al though you might want to upgrade their authorization code method. It's horribly insecure. A PADD could be a tablet pc or kindle. It uses induction charging, something that could be incorporated or built in using today's technology. The "laptop" used in readyrooms could be a laptop. The facebook video message system shows how the star trek messages could be transferred. Skype could be used as transmissions. A giant monitor could serve as a view screen. A replicator is hard to do with today's technology, but we have machines that can produce drinks. We don't have phasers, but current day guns are as good as them in stopping power, and they can't be damped by damping fields. Torpedoes in Star Trek are just like air to air missiles in the sky or normal torpedoes in the sea. Jefferies tubes could be installed in one's home if you wanted it to. Next are somethings that aren't as good as the ones in star trek. Our medical technology isn't as advanced. Tricorders could be iphones modified a bit with radar and other technology. They wouldn't be the same quality as the ones in star trek. A holodeck could be simulated with virtual reality machines, movie theater, video games, and a 3-d holographic projector. They would be most of the uses a holodeck is used for. There are somethings we don't have that is seen frequently in star trek. Transporters and Warp Drive are chief among them. In some ways though, we have surpassed the technology seen in star trek. Touchscreens are a prime example. Instead of the unchangeable interfaces we see in the bridge, we could put touch screens in all of the consoles.
Posted by starwing123 9 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
The house i live in is falling apart at the seams. I fix every problem as it arises but a few things have stumped me or I've just never tackled them before. Any advice? 1. Gaping holes in Brick/Plaster walls left by electricians? 2. Panel from door punched through and sticky taped in good dodgy tradition. An attempt appears to have been made before to repair but the material has swelled with moisture (bathroom door). ? Cheers.
Posted by terielise 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
(Tried commenting on the "Easy Generator ...." article. Error?? Perhaps this can be re-directed? See no Electrical forum) Pulling my hairs out (and very few left ) Contrary information on wire size for 50 amps. I'd like to use some leftiver #8 cable for the run from Mains to outside outlet, for a generator. Here it states #8; 1) I had already resigned to needing #6, because I've seen that more often than #8 in my exhaustive reading. I can't speak to the codes/locations question. 2) just because the generator outlet is 4- wires, 50 amps, 120/ 240V. Does the connecting cable, and plugs+outlets, ALL need to have the separate Ground and Neutral? There are so many 4 - 3 wire conversion examples out there- text and video/pictures. For RVs, welders, etc.
Posted by mrlewp87 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
So I know I need to better insulate my attic for the coming winter but, money is tight and the to-do list is growing so I began thinking of alternative or DIY materials to do the job. I know Cellulose insulation is shredded newsprint treated with chemicals to make it mold and creature resistant, and on a small scale maybe that process could be a fun experiment, but not for 1000 sq ft. My next thought (and current favorite) is to acquire styrofoam packing material (box inserts, packing peanuts, un-used food and drink containers) and mill them up to about the in to some uniform size. Then get some cheap plastic bag/ tube material and fill strips with a couple of inches of styrofoam. Then the blanket oâ foam could just be laid out over the existing insulation in the attic. Now, before I start this endeavor I thought I would check with the instuctable think tank to figure out: A) any better ideas 2) what R rating a 3 inch loose fill blanket of styrofoam and plastic would have III) Is this a terrible idea due to moisture being trapped under the plastic Also in a previous forum someone suggested re-routing their dryer vent to the attic and I was wondering if anyone had tried that and/or anyoneâs thoughts on that. -Odo
Posted by Odovacer 11 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
I'm trying to make mead for the first time. The must has been sitting with an air lock for about two weeks now, and while I do see bubbles forming at the top of the must I don't see any activity in the fluid filled air lock. I have seen other home brewing attempts and those airlocks were blooping gas all over the place. Should I add more yeast or just be patient?
Asked by Dinosaurs9 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
I have a Toshiba Satellite 1955-803S. I want to set up a recording studio for voice work. I am an old radio dog but haven't a clue as how to set this up. What will I need to buy, Mikes, cards, cans? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Bouche
Posted by bouche 12 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
You may not have heard of this, but there is this thing called Plant-e, which works like this... Basically, what is does it it harvests the waste products of microorganisms that feed off of excess plant energy. These waste products are.. electrons! A you can see here, you can buy your own kit at home: http://plant-e.com/products/products-for-sale/DIY%20at%20home.html ...for $700. They have a diagram here: http://plant-e.com/onewebstatic/cfc3f17559-Gras_Plant-MFC.jpg-for-web-large.jpg explaining how it works, and a very good video explaination here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWngdxe_RsU Do you think I can do this by myself at home? Can I get the supplies to make this at a store nearby or online for cheap? Or, is this very advanced technology that I can probably not replicate. Thank you
Posted by fenner.stevens 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hi everybody! I'm thinking of getting a home made tattoo. I've been looking through various home made tattoo gun designs, but as the tattoo design I have in mind is rather big I'm thinking there might be an easier way than having to "dot" it out.. So, theoretically, could one make a cut in the skin (about maybe ten inches long) with say a razorblade, and then just rub the ink into the cut? I don't wanna seem like a moron here. I know it's a risky procedure, but if it could work and I would go through with it, is there something special I should take into consideration? And what would I use for ink? I've seen the term "indian ink" used on several forums, but I'm not from the US and I don't know if the stores here in sweden even carry that stuff. Anyways, I know this may sound like a real stupid idea, but if I ever get a tattoo it's gonna be one I made myself. That's the whole idea.
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Posted by ppremjith 1 year ago
Ok, im new to all this and i was wondering if i can connect my car stereo to an xbox power brick dirrectly without any amps? and just run 4 speakers off it like its ment to? anybody any ideas on how to do it? THe actuall power cables for my stereo are: Red : Power (+) Yellow (fused) : 12v+ memory Black : GND what wires would i connect to them from the xbox power brick? i have 3 yellow, 3 black, a red and blue wire. Your help would be much appreciated everyone.
Posted by sniperkrule 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I recently acquired a very large 12V SLA battery and want to make a UPS for my computer. I think I have the basic idea, but I'm not entirely sure how I would go about this. I'm guessing I could use a relay to switch from the mains to battery, but then I would need a very large capacitor to run the equipment for a few milliseconds whilst it switches. I would need a separate transformer and regulator for the relay, and also an inverter for the battery, which I will probably buy as it looks like it would be too hard to make. Is this the right approach to it?
Asked by andy70707 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I have 3 pounds of muntons extra light malt, can I make a extra light malt wine mead with that and do you think it will turn out ok. I have several glass carboy's/demijohns I have a 5 gallon, 3 or 4 gallon, and several 1 gallon carboys. I have seen several recipes for 1 gallon honey mead or mead wine and those recipes call for 3 pounds of honey. so I guess this should work but I don't no if I should put some kind of sugar with it, if so what kind and how much. so many questions
Asked by mattthomas992003 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I'm making a home theater pc for out in my living room. I had some problems with getting colour through tv out for some ungodly reason, but installing the catalyst drivers for my ati card seemed to solve the problem. Anywho, the specs are:Pentium 2 450mhz192mb of ram (I have more that was origionally in it, but I was having problems with it just flashing off and corrupting the hard drive, bad ram = corrupt data so I have yet to sort out what's bad)A really old 6 gig hd, I plan to buy a 80 gig hd for it in about 2 weeks.Ati Radeon 7000 w/ dual vga out and tv out obviouslyI think it's fine for playing movies and the such, and it's a generally fast computer, (I have xp pro installed) but the hd slows it down unbearably so hopefully I get that fixed soon with the new hard drive. I've had a 80 gig in it before and I know how fast it gets. Anywho, I need suggestions for a media front, like windows media center type of thing, because on a tv, it's rather hard to see the print on the screen and navigate through files and music. I appreciate anyone that can suggest and software.
Posted by Punkguyta 12 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
My dear friends, Its been quite some time since I was last seen here, more than 6 months I guess. I see today I missed lot many contests, missed the winnings of many of my lovely friends & followers, missed their awesome instructables and their awesomeness. I received emails from you, asking me about my well being. Thank you so much for your concerns. I missed instructbale so much but all I can say that the only thing which kept me away from it were life priorities. Now I am back home and I am not going anywhere. During this period, few things happened, which I feel I must share with all of you. Hope you will like it, and please forgive me for the fact that I kept it away from you. Here they are: http://www.kwikdeko.com/blog/diy-boring-mats-to-an-exciting-decor/ www.kwikdeko.com/blog/ignored-cartons-to-corrugated-art/ www.kwikdeko.com/blog/do-not-throw-your-junk-bottles http://handmade-jewelry-club.com/2013/11/featured-diy-beach-inspired-jewelries.html You are awesome. Thanks
Posted by Tarun Upadhyaya 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
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
Just an Idea but if someone can market it feel free to, just send me one LOL. There are many medical alert necklaces / bracelets etc out there for people act risk of falling which is a good thing,but the catch to all of them is the monthly cost of subscribing to some monitoring service and $20 a month doesn't sound much but to someone on a fixed income it can be a big deal. It seems reasonable that someone out there could come up with a simple system using off the shelf stuff for a transmitter and receiver set up and hit the button and the receiver dials the first of say three numbers with a recorded message. It would dial out until it received a human, have it wait for the tone of someone pushing one or something and then play a recorded message "Help I've fallen and can't get up" or something and send help to 1313 Mockingbird Lane. You could put a relative or a neighbor first and a second perhaps then 911 or if the person is likely to need fast medical help have it dial straight to 911 but make it simple to program. Make the necklace / pendant play a sound when it's been activated and maybe make a 20 second pause before it dials out so people could cancel accidental triggers by picking up the phone or something, which cancels the tone from the pendant but leave the tone on once the first number has been dialed incase the victim loses consciousness so first alerters can find them quicker. Put a silence button on the receiving unit but disengage the phone silencing option in case the first person there picks up the phone... This seems a simple concept that people could sell for like $40 and I'd bet all my donuts there is a big market for something like this in that range, plus it would help a lot of people by taking away some of the fear of living alone as we age... And we all age. Any thoughts? Could it fly?
Posted by Senseless 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I'd like to start a collaborated effort for alternatives to heating a home for this winter. With the rising costs its all on our radar. Right now I'm looking at a solar air heater Solar Heater to make full instructions plus cost effective. I want to be able to do a water solar heater also but don't quite have the knowledge on getting something together. Possibly also other alternatives. Alternatives such as a permanent mount, portable, and all season benefit. Anyone up for it?
Posted by oddie1212 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Java.lang.NumberFormatException: For input string: "" at java.lang.NumberFormatException.forInputString(NumberFormatException.java:48) at java.lang.Long.parseLong(Long.java:424) at java.lang.Long.valueOf(Long.java:518) at com.instructables.webapp.you.ShowBackTalk.getCountSinceLastVisit(ShowBackTalk.java:36) at com.instructables.webapp.you.ShowYou.show(ShowYou.java:77) at com.instructables.servlet.ExploreServlet.doGet(ExploreServlet.java:75) at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:115) at com.instructables.servlet.InstructHttpServlet.service(InstructHttpServlet.java:43) at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:92) at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletFilterChain.doFilter(ServletFilterChain.java:106) at com.instructables.filter.SecurityFilter.doFilter(SecurityFilter.java:209) at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70) at com.instructables.filter.HibernateSessionRequestFilter.doFilter(HibernateSessionRequestFilter.java:72) at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70) at com.caucho.server.webapp.WebAppFilterChain.doFilter(WebAppFilterChain.java:173) at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletInvocation.service(ServletInvocation.java:229) at com.caucho.server.http.HttpRequest.handleRequest(HttpRequest.java:274) at com.caucho.server.port.TcpConnection.run(TcpConnection.java:511) at com.caucho.util.ThreadPool.runTasks(ThreadPool.java:520) at com.caucho.util.ThreadPool.run(ThreadPool.java:442) at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:595)this is the message i get when i go to my home page
Posted by c3j1r0 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
We've all seen those little bots in various chat services, like Kik, Skype, Messenger, etc... I want to make one, but insted of using an existing service on the Internet to host it, could I use an old computer or a Raspberry Pi?
Posted by Dashing Rainbow Dash 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago