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Hacking a PIR motion sensor for use as a triggering device. Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm (BRAD) Control Windows Media Center with Your Voice. DIY Voice Activated Home Automation. Voice recognition is no longer in infancy – You’ve got Siri on the iPhone and Google Now on Android (plus other Android apps too).

DIY Voice Activated Home Automation

This project shows you how to use it to automate your home without spending big bucks. The core of this project is a VRBot speech recognition module. Next, the project creator used some low-cost wireless light switches (you could also use relays). The VRBot speech recognition module recognizes 32 custom voice commands. Once a command is recognized, a wireless switch is activated via a radio receiver. Popular Home Automation Projects: Voice Controlled Home Automation. Home automation server with router. Install the Linux based OpenWRT firmware on the router.

Home automation server with router

The TL-WR741ND instructions can be found here: If you are stuck, start here: After you have a working SSH connection you can proceed. Because of the router (by default) runs the web admin page on the port 80, we need to add a secondary port to serve our custom web site. For that, we need to configure the uhttpd (web server application) configuration file. Download WinSCP, to simply do this through SSH. Set up a new connection: Host name: normally (by default) Port: 22 User name: root Password: what you gave after installation File protocol: SCP Find this file: /etc/config/uhttpd Copy the following into it: config 'uhttpd' 'secondary' option 'listen_http' '81' option 'home' '/HomeAutomation/www' option 'cgi_prefix' '/cgi-bin' option 'script_timeout' '60' option 'network_timeout' '30' And save it. Transform Your Digs into a Home of the Future, DIY-Style.

For door locks, I went with the medium-tech approach: electronic keypad locks.

Transform Your Digs into a Home of the Future, DIY-Style

Schlage, for example, makes a line of electronic keypad locks that can generally fit into existing door lock holes. For me, it was a simple matter of unscrew/remove old lock, screw in/install new lock, and program new lock. However, possible downsides include (this is for the Schlage electronic deadbolt that I use): * The visible parts of the locks are a bit big/wide. In my case, whereas the visible parts of the old lock fit completely on a flat part of the door, the visible part of the new lock would slightly overhang past the end of the flat part, onto a beveled part of the door. Clever fellow sends text messages to start his car. Stop it, Spiegel.

Clever fellow sends text messages to start his car

You're bringing back repressed memories of earning my 5-year EE degree. Arduino has its place. If you need to rapidly prototype something or fire off a one of a kind item where packaging isn't a concern; it is a decent go-to. If you need ultra low power consumption you can use something like TIs MSP430 line, which are available with built in wireless. If you need power, there is always the ARM M0 line, If you need USB support, atmel makes a few nice critters. The world consists of more than Arduino, but I'll be damned if the Arduino doesn't do a lot of the jobs well enough. If you are developing a commercial product, stay away from the Arduino. Turn a Cheap Router into a Home Automation Server. Make Your Own Star Trek/Supermarket Automatic Pneumatic Door.