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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.

Teach Your Arduino to Switch Itself Off!

Posted on January 19th, 2017

 Have you ever been frustrated that the only way you could turn off your Arduino was to physically unplug the device? With this instructable from PeterH310 you can learn how to “self power off” your Arduino. Although some projects require an Arduino to be always on, for projects that don’t require the Arduino to be consistently on, this trick can be a great for added convenience and power saving. To find out more check out the following link.

Auto Off Arduino

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Robotic Cat Laser

Posted on January 18th, 2017

Does your pet cat love chasing around a laser light? For the cost of a couple of servo motors, an Arduino and a laser light you can provide your cat with endless entertainment.  The automated cat laser uses servo motors to constantly move the laser and entertain the cat, with no effort on your behalf! To find out how you can build your own cat laser robot checkout the instructable from joe at the following link.
Cat Bot

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PCB Surface Finishes

Posted on January 16th, 2017

When it comes to having your own PCBs (printed circuit boards) produced, there are a huge number of manufacturing options to consider. One of the most important options is which surface finish is best for your board. Fortunately, freetronics have put together a guide explaining the pros and cons of various surface finishes to help you make an informed decision next time you manufacture PCBs. You can find the full guide at the following link.

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Arduino Eye Tracking

Posted on January 13th, 2017

With this awesome project from thesystemis you can draw using only the movement of your eyes! Surprisingly this project can be made quite cheaply using the brainpower of an Arduino Uno which talks to the open source eye tracking software – “EyeWriter” running on a computer.  If you want to find out more check out the following link.

Eye Tracker

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SuperHouse Vlog #49: Automower security features

Posted on January 12th, 2017

The Husqvarna Automower has several built-in security features, to help reduce the risk of your expensive robot being stolen.


Build an Underwater Drone

Posted on January 11th, 2017

Although typically electronics and water do not mix, “sneel” the robotic fish is certainly an exception. The robotic fish is designed to emulate the motion of a real water snake and is perfect for underwater exploration. A number of Arduino Uno controlled servo motors undulate the robot to propel it through the water.

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The applications of such a underwater drone are endless including collecting data about water quality or exploring confined underwater areas such as pipelines! If you want to learn how you can make your own “sneel” checkout the following link.

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Arduino Bluetooth Pairing

Posted on January 9th, 2017

If you have been working on an Arduino project which requires Bluetooth then this tutorial is perfect for you.  One of the challenges of working with Bluetooth can be working through the intricacies of pairing your Arduino project with the computer of phone you are wanting to communicate with. Fortunately the team at Freetronics have put together a great guide of how you can pair the Freetronics Bluetooth Shield or Module to Mac, Windows or Linux devices. To get started checkout the following link.

Bluetooth

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Wireless Animatronics Hand

Posted on January 7th, 2017

Who has not wanted build a robotic hand at some point in their life? Well this is exactly what instructables member njkl44 has done! Not only does this animatronics hand look totally awesome, it actually emulates the movements of the hand that is inside the “control glove”, making a spectacular effect.

Animatronic Hand

The control glove uses a number of flex sensors to determine the position of each finger and sends this information to the animatronic hand. If this sounds like the kind of project you would love to make you can find out more at the following link or in the video below.

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Project Showcase: Pool Temperature Monitor

Posted on January 5th, 2017

At SuperHouse we love to see the projects other makers are working on.  This week we would like to give a big shout out to Keiran who seems to be making great progress learning Arduino. Keiran has built his own pool temperature monitor! You can read more about the temperature monitor, and share your own creations over on the Freetronics forum.

Pool Temperature Monitor

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Dot Matrix Display MQTT Message Client

Posted on January 4th, 2017

The Freetronics dot matrix displays are very versatile. Toby Robb has put together a great video showing how he has set up the display to read messages from MQTT. If your home automation system incorporates MQTT this could be a great way to display information about your home.

If you are looking for an LED dot matrix display why not check out the Freetronics range of displays. They are simple to use, yet very bright for indoor and outdoor situations. Available in various colours, the 32 x 16 LED matrix can display text and graphics easily, and can be daisy-chained together for extended displays. For more information, checkout the Freetronics Dot Matrix Displays here.

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