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#16 rmasonjr

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 04:16 PM

Good idea about making it "microcontroller". As soon as the Raspberry Pi is available on this side of the pond, I'd like to play around with one of those as well :)

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

I've used an Arduino for a giant spider prop that I built for my halloween display last year. I used a motion sensor to activate and triggered a pneumatic solenoid on and off a few times as well as triggered a sound circuit. Love these things!

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:48 PM

So sounds like it's worth a shot, if it doesn't work out, I'll move any future threads back to this 'Home Automation' category, so we don't lose anything.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:45 PM

This is a good idea as arduino's are gaining ground as a major platform for all types of automation. Lots of intersting things being done with them in this regard.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:04 AM

Hi to all! I want to share this project http://www.souliss.net.
A brief description

Souliss is an open-source framework dedicated for Home Automation devices, it runs over AVR's microcontrollers and include all the libraries and drivers required for a complete a distributed intelligent home, including many user interfaces (like the Android client).

For admin: if you consider it interesting maybe you can start a new topic.

Edited by freedom, 11 April 2012 - 09:04 AM.


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:51 AM

I have done a lot of work with DS18B20 1-wire. Working on testing a 20 temp probe hub all connected to arduino. Using external power configuration. The parasitic mode I have found does have limits when you get into the higher probe counts on the network. you can check work out at www.rik94566.wordpress.com

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:40 AM

I mentioned this elsewhere, so preemptive apologies abounding: check out the most recent issue of Make magazine. The topic is Home Automation. Arduinos throughout.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:13 PM

I moved the Ethernet posts into their own thread, since it really is an interesting topic, and ths move makes it easier to find this info.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:18 PM

Hi guys,

I've just posted a topic about panStamps, our wireless arduino-compatible boards:
http://cocoontech.co...ble-miniatures/

Lots of applications in the Home Automation field... and really low-cost...

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:07 PM

Just picked up a Micro Maestro http://www.pololu.co...cs/0J40/all#1.a and a servo motor. My plan is to mount it on my hot water heater storage tank and have the servo turn the hot water temp down when it gets a signal from my elk m1 relay output, and visa versa. I saw no real way to automate other than the good ol' manual way. Should have the unit installed within a couple of days. If that is successful I'll also mount a servo to turn off the hot water loop during non-peak times of the day so we're not constantly heating water we are not using!

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:30 AM

I was going to post a link to troublefreepool that has several automated controls projects on it, but i can't post links yet?
www dot troublefreepool dot com/diy-automated-controls-advice-solicited-t5708 dot html
I have posted my Intex/arduino project there

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:31 PM

I'm working on a basic I/O & Serial board that can support either an Arduino, Raspberry Pi or PIC.

Brief specs.
4 Relays
4 Opto inputs
1 RS232/422/485
1 XBee socket
1 EEPROM (optional)

up to to four units can be expanded via 10pin ribbon cable (I2C).

MPU sockets for PDIP ATmega328P & PIC18F26K20 or 26pin header to Raspberry Pi
header for USB to TTL (Arduino mode or PIC bootloader)

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:19 AM

I'm working on a basic I/O & Serial board that can support either an Arduino, Raspberry Pi or PIC.

It would be nice if you could also support the TI LaunchPads, TI subsidizes the cost so they are very inexpensive
$4.30 http://www.ti.com/ww...sp430_head.html
$12.99 http://www.ti.com/ww...laris_head.html

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:44 PM

It would be nice if you could also support the TI LaunchPads, TI subsidizes the cost so they are very inexpensive
$4.30 http://www.ti.com/ww...sp430_head.html
$12.99 http://www.ti.com/ww...laris_head.html


I'll look at the TI, the basic requirement for the MPU is: PDIP package, one UART, one I2C, a handful of I/O plus an inexpensive ICP / bootloader.

I'll look at the 20pin MSP430 datasheet.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:02 PM

A brief look at the PDIP 20 MSP430 options seems like a MCU from 1999. They appears to be lacking any HW UART or I2C options.




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