February 06, 2014

Build an Arduino-powered hidden wall safe

Hiding one's valuables can be a difficult affair, as experienced thieves will usually have a good idea about most peoples' typical hiding spots - or just tear up everything in sight to find something of value. Therefore the more obscure the hiding place, the safer your valuables will be. With this in mind, Instructables member Angelo from ascos.com has documented a nifty Arduino-powered safe that is embedded behind a power outlet

The outlet itself isn't live, but provides a neat camouflage for a small hole or enclosure to hold your valuables. An Arduino-controlled servo is used to lock or unlock the enclosure - and to activate this a PC or other device that can generate the required codes is connected through the hole in the socket. A great demonstration is shown in the following video:

What a clever and ingenious project - which is fully documented at Instructables. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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