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How to move plate in front of window with arduino? Answered

I would like to be able to move a plate in front of a window in a door to prevent light from coming in at night. I don't know how to attach the plate onto the door in such a way that it can be moved with the use of a servo/motor controlled by the arduino. I would also like to know where how I could mount the servo/motor and connect it to the arduino, would I need a motor shield or something similar or would the arduino on its own be fine to control it? Thanks in advance for any help!



Best Answer 4 years ago

If you can live with a low-tech solution (that is, if covering the light is more important than building the movable plate) you could get yourself some "blackout curtain".

Thanks for your reply! That is indeed a good solution to the problem, I do still want to make an automated system though, so I can finally make use of my arduino ;). A curtain might also be used for this.

I think searching the web (or even instructables) you can find some automated curtain systems to get inspiration from. I have previously used such curtains in a bedroom (not automated), and as far as I was concerned it blocked light 100%

I do however like the idea of using a bulletin board to cover it with, a place to leave notes is always nice - but i think it will be relatively heavy on the door compared to a curtain. But I am a cynic, so don't let me stop you from trying :-)

I have now decided to buy an IKEA roller blind and put it on my door. It'll look great and I can later on still decide to modify it to my liking with an arduino ^^. Thanks alot, this'll be sweet

Roller-type didnt even occur to me, great idea.