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SuperHouse gives you detailed instructions for everything from basic renovation tasks to more extreme modifications such as how to fit electronic door locks so you can unlock your front door using your mobile phone, and linking your sprinkler system to the internet so you can control it from anywhere in the world.

Arduino UV Meter

Posted on December 8th, 2016

With warmer summer months approaching (at least for us Australians) it is becoming more important to be sunsmart. What better way to start being sunsmart than to build your own Arduino UV Meter! This UV meter uses an OLED display a ESP-1 WiFi module along with a number of sensor to provide the inputs and outputs.

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If you want to find out more about this impressive project check out the instructable from funelab.  The instructions are well explained and include instructions on how to 3D print a case which is perfectly designed for the keychain.

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Water Detection System

Posted on December 5th, 2016

A water leak can often be a warning of imminent catastrophic failure with many appliances such as a washing machine or dishwasher. With this simple water detection system not only could you quickly detect appliance faults, but you could also set the system up to notify you if it is raining and you have left washing on the line. The possibilities are endless. This project uses a Particle Photon, although it could work with any microcontroller, and exploits the conducting properties of water to easily detect when water is present somewhere it shouldn’t be! To get started with this project check out the following link.

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Thinking about making your own water detection system but don’t know where to get started with electronics? The Freetronics Experimenter’s Kit is a great way to learn.

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What is Arduino?

Posted on December 1st, 2016

If you have been following our Facebook or Twitter pages or reading our blog you have probably heard a lot about this wonderful thing called “Arduino”.  Although most of you are probably well versed in what Arduino is, some of our readers may have no idea. For this weeks Skill Sunday we have put together a brief introduction about exactly what Arduino is and why you should be interested, you can find it here.

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Just discovered what Arduino is and you would like to learn how to use it yourself? The team at SuperHouse Automation recommends the Freetronics Experimenter’s Kit for Arduino. The package includes a wide variety of parts, sensors and modules including: a servo motor, lights, buttons, switches, sound, sensors, breadboard, wires and more. Furthermore a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to make this an extensive hobby experimenter, inventor and starter kit. The kit also includes a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. To get started or for more information and to pre-order (just in time for Christmas), check out the product page.

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Uploading an Arduino Sketch over Bluetooth

Posted on November 29th, 2016

Have you ever stuck an Arduino in a hard to get place such as under the house and then realised that you want to upload a firmware revision? This can be a very frustrating situation, however, with the simple addition of a Bluetooth module it is possible to avoid this problem. Amazingly it is possible to program an Arduino over Bluetooth. For added flexibility there is even an Android app, “Bluino Loader” which allows you to upload a sketch to an Arduino from your smartphone. For step by step details of how this is possible, checkout the following link.

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If you are looking for an easy way to add Bluetooth connectivity to your Arduino why not check out the Freetronics Bluetooth Shield?

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Gesture Controlled Smart Home

Posted on November 28th, 2016

It is already possible to easily control devices in your house using an app on your phone, but what if you could turn on the lights or open the blinds with a simple movement of your hands? This is exactly what Joaquim has done using an MYO gesture control armband.

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Joaquim has explained his project in great detail, but the results certainly have to been seen to be believed. To find out more check out the following link.

Fundamental to almost all home automation project is the ability to connect devices to Wifi. If you are wondering how to connect your Arduino to Wifi, why not checkout the Freetronics ESP-01 WiFi Module shield for ArduinoThe shield has a socket that’s perfect for the ESP-01 module (a very common and cheap wifi module), and addresses all the needs of the ESP8266 including supplying the correct power and connections to your Arduino. Don’t fiddle with jumper wires or sub-standard power supplies – order your Freetronics ESP-01 WiFi Module Shield today! They’re in stock right now for only $14.

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Surface Mount Soldering

Posted on November 26th, 2016

Surface mount parts can be so small that assembling surface mount projects can seem like magic! However, nowadays with the increasing prevalence of surface-mount technology (SMT)  knowing how to put SMT projects together has become an increasingly important skill. Luckily Freetronics have put together a great tutorial to help you get started with SMT assembly. To get started assembling your own SMT boards in no time checkout the following link.  

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Keiran’s Automation System

Posted on November 24th, 2016

At SuperHouse we take great joy in seeing the amazing projects that our followers put together. We are starting a new “project showcase” blog segment, not only so we can see all the cool projects that our followers create but also so that we can share these awesome projects with the rest of the world, and use them to inspire others to make their own projects!

Our first showcase project is from Keiran who has started building his own home automation system. Keiran currently uses his system to control the fountains and lights in his pool and some of the lights in his house. He also has been working on using MQTT to interact between Arduino and Home Assistant running on a Raspberry Pi. Keiran has lots of ideas to keep adding to his system including motion activated lights and a power monitoring system.  If you want to find out more about Keiran’s project you can read about his progress on the Freetronics forum.

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Thanks to Keiran for sharing his awesome project with us. If you would like us to feature your project in our blog please get in contact with us on either Facebook or Twitter.

 

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SuperHouse Vlog #48: Pausing the Husqvarna Automower in bad weather

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

Bursts of bad weather keep flooding the bottom of our garden, so I need to “pause” the Automower. I can’t send commands to it directly (yet) so I need another solution. I’ve connected a Belkin WeMo WiFi power controller to the base station, so that I can use my phone to disable the mower without splashing around in the rain.


Arduino Clock

Posted on November 21st, 2016

If you are getting bored of your current clock why not have a shot at making your own? Barzok has put together a great tutorial explaining how you can use a number of small LED matrix to build your own professional looking clock. Although the time display looks fabulous,  it is the Arduino and real time clock module found inside which are responsible for ensuring the correct time is displayed. If you like the look of this project check out the following link to find out more.

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If you are looking for a real-time clock module to complete this project (or any other project which requires precise timing) checkout the Freetronics Maxim DS3232 real-time clock IC module.

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Smart Home Dashboard

Posted on November 18th, 2016

One difficulty facing hobbyists who undertake home automation projects, is finding a common platform to centrally control all aspects of their smart home. Justin Unterreiner has attempted to solve this problem with his smart home dashboard.

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The project uses a Raspberry Pi and a Touch screen to run a customizable interface to control different smart devices. To find out more about this project check out the following link.  

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Have you been reading about cool projects like this and would like to understand more? Checkout the Freetronics Experimenter’s Kit for Arduino.

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