Archive for the ‘Home Hacks’ Category

last week to apply for HomeSense Project: Submit your home!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Friends at TinkerLondon, EDF R&D and Highwire teamed up for a challenging project: asking people to develop their own Smart Home, by teachng them how to do it.

Anyone can apply. No technological background needed. Just curiosity (as always). Deadline is approaching (1st July)-

Smart Homes have generally been more successful in concept than practice. The problem is not one of technology but of design – smart homes aren’t made by the people who will actually live in them, but by designers in R&D departments who have specific ideas about how they should be lived in, with rigid technology infrastructure and use scenarios. But home environments have multiple users living in them who bring different experiences and concepts of knowledge of the social, cultural and emotion context of the place that they live in.

People have the chance to change their way of thinking the home concept:

In September 2010 six households across Europe will have the opportunity to build their own smart home based on their decisions, their choices and their lifestyles. If you’re interested in finding out new things about the way that you live in your home and having a bunch of shiny new technologies to help you do this, we’d love to hear from you.

All sizes and types of households are welcome, from village cottages to suburban semis to houseboats to mansions; spouses and partners and children and flatmates and pets are all welcome.

It doesn’t matter how much experience you’ve had with technology before – all that counts is that you’re enthusiastic about taking part! Tinker will provide initial training, and you’ll work with a local expert where you live to provide support throughout the experience.

What are you waiting for?

Details of signing up as a household are here.
Details of joining us as an expert are here.

via [Homesense]

Arduino TvOUT Library (with PAL support)

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Arduino Forum user [mdmetzle] shared a nice tv-out library for Arduino:

I wrote a small video output library called TVout. It is completely interrupt driven to make writing things that need tvout easier. It runs on a resolution of 128×96 with some basic text printing and line and dot drawing for now.

video and spec after the break.


Stupid Simple Arduino LF RFID Tag Spoofer

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

on Instructable an Arduino spoofing of an RFID signal:

RFID tags are all over the place.  They’re used in building access control systems, passports, inventory tracking . . .   This instructable will show how you can use an Arduino and a few simple components (wire coil, transistor, capacitor, resistor) to make a device that can spoof an 125 KHz (low frequency) RFID tag.  This is version 1, so there are many enhancements that can be made, but this version is stupid simple, yet it works.  I did this in a few hours without much previous knowledge of RFID and without any fancy equipment (like a radio tuning hardware or an oscilloscope . . .I guess an oscilloscope is fancy, I need to pick up one of those).

via [instructable]

LDR+IR range sensor

Friday, April 9th, 2010

from [jeanbaptisteparis] on flickr

a little project for my lab, a mouse that knows at which distance you’re from it. We would like to explore if this information could be relevant for the system e.g. to highlight the cursor when you approach your mouse or to tell background operation to interrupt in order to release CPU for interaction…

he is using a LDR for the 0 to 4 cm and a Sharp 2D120 IR range finder for 4 to 50 cm. The arduino code on the flickr page.

Via [jeanbaptisteparis on flickr]

Quick WorkBench

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Sharing common space problems, geeky nerdy student. We too. Check some good advices…

via [uchobby]

Tweeting Aquarium

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Complete & well done project sum-up about a twitting aquarium.  Just 3 push-buttons, a LRD and a Dallas Semiconductor DS18B20 1-wire digital thermometer used for measuring the temperature of the aquarium water.

via [Juissi’s Tanganyika]

Arduino Powered Remote Control Lawnmower

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Learn how to make your own garden servant in this Instructable.

via [Hack’n’Mod]

LEDs invade coffee table crevice (and Code)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

?Incredible 6144 led table controlled by the Arduino (!!!). With 19 of his 20 I/O pins… check this incredible experimental ikea mod from [Tobis]  (and check the code).

via [Hackaday],  [Ps2Cover], [Tobis Corner]

Review: X10 Home Automation with Arduino

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

After looking here and there, I could find this Sept ’09 article found on geekboy. As the site was down I found it googling on willshouse‘s blog. anyway. Mike Parks’ example about simple X-10 triggering via RFID using the free SSH/telnet client PuTTY.

In this example, I control 1 device (on X10 circuit A, device 1). I initally turn the device off. When the RFID tag I am looking for is read, I turn the lights on. Next time that tag is read, I turn the lights off. I acknowledge various changes by providing feedback to the user via blinking LEDs and serial comms to the PC.

code ready.

via [geekcowboy]and [willshouse]

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Twitter Controlled LED IKEA Table using Bluetooth

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Nice Arduino Bluetooth-based hack around an Ikea Table visualising Twitter.

via [Hack’n’Mod]