Instructables user DIYHacksAndHowTos put together this simple pressure plate from cardboard and aluminium foil for a haunted house, but we’re intrigued by the home automation prospects. You could easily use it to turn lights or appliances on or off when you enter a room, or for anything else you want automated.
If you’re into home automation, this DIY Blind Minder is a worthwhile weekend project. It will open and shut your blinds depending on room temperature, it has a programmable thermostat, and includes a manual switch for opening and closing.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Programming an Arduino isn’t especially difficult, but if you’re looking for a more visual method, Scratch for Arduino (S4A) uses MIT’s Scratch as a groundwork for teaching kids (or beginners) how to program an Arduino.
Want to spice up your car’s unlocking system? The Mercuino Project shows off how to unlock your doors with Bluetooth and an Arduino.
If you’ve ever checked the mail repeatedly only to find it empty, or your mailbox is a good hoof from your house, this project is for you. It’s a simple photo-sensitive alarm that will fire off an SMS message to your phone when the mailbox is opened and the sensor is triggered.
Designing electronics isn’t just about playing around with soldering irons. You need to prepare. Circuits.io is a design tool that let’s you plan out your projects, and now you can make use of a new tool called 123D Circuits.
The Arduino is one of our favourite DIY devices, but it’s no secret that it’s not the most powerful micro-controller on the block. The Arduino Yún partially solves that, offering a combination of Arduino and Linux with built-in Wi-Fi.