August 23, 2013

Automating window blinds with Arduino

If you're a fan of home automation, but don't have time to make a Superhouse or just want to experiment, then it's a good idea to start small but still create something of use. One interesting example of this are a set of automated window blinds described at the Home Awesomation blog. They've fitted a rotational servo to the top of some simple blinds, which is controlled by an Arduino. However it's not just a simple on-off control, the blinds are opened and closed based on temperature, light and also also be controlled remotely with an IR receiver. The creators have run through a simple demonstration in the following video:

 It's a simple yet usable project, and worth a read - so visit the blog to learn more. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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