Five Arduino Gadgets for Home Automation
According to it’s main website, Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s been used extensively for geek projects, with several thousands of designs out there. The Arduino designs below relate specifically to home automation devices or devices that automate household chores.
#1 Basic Home Automation
Adjusting the temperature, lighting and other settings in your home is now not only possible, but affordable, and can be done all from a computer. Don’t settle for having to get up to change the thermostat when you could just tap out a few keys on your laptop. This project is actually 3 in 1, but interfacing it together makes it very easy to use once it’s up and running.
#2 Automatic Pet Feeder
Feeding and caring for a pet can be almost as involved as raising a child. Why not automate at least the feeding part, leaving your time for the fun pet stuff? This device is made for a cat, and once you fill it up, it’s good to go for days, so it’s a big time-saver. Especially worth it for those that go out of town a lot or have forgetful kids!
#3 RSS Robot
A key feature in information management today is Twittering. Imagine if you had a robot assistant that could read those feeds and then speak them aloud to you! This project is a little on the tricky side, but what a conversation piece. Surprise your friends by a robot reading all your favorite awesome, pretentious or just darn interesting Twitter posts.
With nature’s large array of toxic flora, potent medicinal herbs, carnivorous plants and delicious fruit and vegetables, it’s hard not to be envious of those with a green thumb. No longer! This device will ensure your plants get exactly the right amount of water and sunlight, scheduling water from a small tank and using photoreceptors and a flashbulb to supplement sunlight when it doesn’t get enough naturally.
#5 R/C Lawnmower
Let’s face it, mowing the lawn is a job that is pretty much considered the lowest occupation in society, alongside washing dishes. While everyone has an automatic dishwasher, who has an automatic lawnmower? You can get one step closer with this fun-to-use R/C interface. Mowing the lawn can be as easy as playing Mario Kart, and you know you want to go over those anthills from afar.