The process of creating Arduino-based automation systems is generally something tackled with great enthusiasm and a large amount of time, however with varying levels of success. This is why we're excited to learn about a new automation system called "Ardomotic" - and even though it's still in beta stage, it shows a lot of promise.
Ardomotic is a graphical interface for an Ethernet-enabled Arduino Mega or compatible board (such as our EtherMega), and allows the user to create automated systems that can turn device on or off, blink them, work with real time and timers, allow control via infra-red and much more. And just like the Arduino the Ardomotic system is open-source, so you can customise it even further if required. The creators introduce the system in the following video:
If you're enjoying working with Arduino projects but find the Uno-sized boards somewhat constricting - it's time to move up to the Freetronics EtherMega:
Quite simple the EtherMega is the fully-loaded Arduino-compatible board on the market today. Apart from being completely Arduino Mega2560-compatible, it includes full Ethernet interface, a microSD card socket, full USB interface, optional Power-over-Ethernet support and still has a circuit prototyping area with extra I2C interface pins. So if your project is breaking the limits, upgrade to the EtherMega today.