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.
If checking the weather on your computer or phone seems a little ho-hum, you can use an Arduino to project the forecast directly on a lamp shade.
Asking roommates to do chores or pay their debts can get touchy and awkward, and creating a solid chore assignment and financial tracking system can save you from many fights. Instead of a boring white board, make yours with an Arduino.
While you hopefully don’t need one-button access to 911, a desk-mounted panic button is undoubtedly cool and it makes for a great DIY Arduino project. You’ll need a prepaid SIM card, an Arduino, a GPRS shield and a few other odds and ends.