Build A Cheap Home Automation System In 10 Minutes With Ninja Blocks

Home security and automation are rarely mentioned in the same sentence as the word cheap, but it’s totally possible if you’re willing to do a few things yourself. We checked out a DIY kit called Ninja Blocks, and we were able to get a home automation and security system up and running in about 10 minutes.

Build Your Own Arduino-Powered Car-Tracking System

Cars get stolen all the time, but if you want to track yours and make sure you can always find it, Instructables user Jayvis Vineet Gonsalves shows off how to build a system to track a stolen car with an Arduino.

Use An Arduino To Automate Your Lights Based On An Astronomical Clock

If you live in a place where sunrise and sunset varies a lot throughout the year, you know that setting up an automatic lighting system in your home (or garden) is a pain. DIYer Paulo Renato’s solution was to hook up his lighting system to an Arduino that taps into an astronomical clock.

Design And Make Your Own Arduino-Type Development Board

An Arduino isn’t expensive, but that still doesn’t mean that it suits your needs right out of the box. If you want to construct your own custom board, Make shows you how in a three-part series.

This DIY Pressure Plate Turns On The Lights When You Walk Into A Room

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.

This DIY Blind Minder Automatically Opens And Closes Your Blinds

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.

Scratch For Arduino Makes Programing The Arduino More Visual

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.

Turn Your Home Into A High-Tech Haven This Weekend

Unless you’re a millionaire (in which case please give us money), chances are your home technology is not seamlessly integrated and filled with shiny. Turn your house into a futuristic tech haven this weekend with these projects.

Intel And Arduino Team Up To Launch The Galileo

The Arduino is already one of the best ways to quickly prototype all your electronic projects, but it’s about to get a little more power. The Intel Galileo is the first in a family of Arduino Certified boards that use Intel architecture, and it will be available next month.

Unlock Your Car With A Bluetooth-Powered Keyless Entry System

Want to spice up your car’s unlocking system? The Mercuino Project shows off how to unlock your doors with Bluetooth and an Arduino.