10 easy and cheap Arduino projects to automate your home/office

10 easy and cheap Arduino projects to automate your home

Arduino, a free hardware platform based on a microcontroller with input and output ports, allows you to start automating your life from your computer.

Thousands of people from all over the world publish detailed tutorials of their projects with Arduino (programming included) online so that, if you are passionate about electronics, you can turn your home into a ‘smart home’ without your pocket barely doing it. note: the basic plate costs only 30 euros. With effort and dedication, your address will be able to respond to all your wishes. Specifically, these ten that we tell you and that some lovers of ‘do it yourself’ have decided to share so you can imitate them:

 

1. A homemade robot vacuum cleaner

Although it will not be as aesthetic as commercial robots, you can also make your vacuum cleaner stop being stupid and learn not to bump into walls. With an Arduino board, a lithium battery, a turbofan and the wheels of a simple drone, you can get your fluff to be absorbed without brake with your robot vacuum cleaner.

 

 



2. A detector to know if the bathroom is occupied

If you are forced to share a flat with strangers or you are simply a firm defender of not being disturbed by anyone in your sacred temple, an invention that lights up LEDs in the room of your choice to indicate that the bathroom is free or occupied may be a solution for Let no one try to open the door of your service again . Through sensors, an Arduino Yún and a Wifi connection, you will achieve this challenge.

 

Arduino-Based Bathroom Occupancy Detector

 

 3. An email when a letter arrives in your mailbox

Analog mailboxes have been practically outdated in the 21st century, but there are still notifications and packages that you have to receive by this means. If you are one of those who can’t wait to check for a new missive or just need a prompt to realize that you had to look at it, your Arduino along with a GSM shield, batteries and switches, can notify you by email of the arrival of a new letter. A project that unites the mailboxes of the past with those of the present.

 4. Arduino feed your fish

When you don’t want to buy a pet that is too labor intensive, buying a fish tank seems like the best option. But since we humans are a bit lazy, the author of this project has created an automatic fish food dispenser with the help of a plate, servos and a small plastic bottle with a hole so that your aquatic friends can feed themselves.

5. An irrigation system for your pots

Plants always give a decorative and natural touch to our bland home. The problem is that they require minimal care and we are not always able to remember that they are living beings and need to photosynthesize.

If you’re among those who neglect their pots, you can fix it with an Arduino, a peristaltic pump, and a power supply, as detailed in this Instructables tutorial . Blue plates can help you create your own automatic irrigation system without having to buy it – doing it yourself is more fun.



6. A robot that folds your clothes

With an Arduino board and a robot of the same brand (much more expensive, yes), a young man has achieved one of the two dreams of any messy person: an invention that folds clothes and stacks them. Although at the moment it works very slowly and creating the mechanical structure can cost you sweat and tears, the originality of this system cannot be denied.

 

 7. Get home, clap your hands and turn on the lights

Every lover of ‘The Simpsons’ yearns to control the lights of his house with his claps since Homer tried without success with the lamp on his bedside table. Few ingredients (the board, relays and resistors) are necessary to create your own system and for the bulbs to finally respond to your applause. There are also more advanced projects that allow you to turn off or turn on all the lights in your home directly from a mobile application .

 

8. A fingerprint reader as a new lock

If you connect your board with components like a fingerprint reader, batteries and transistors, and install the system in your door, you will be able to avoid thieves forever. Although it is not a simple project, the author of this invention has left you all the details so that you can begin to open the garage door just by moving your finger (a unique and unrepeatable fingerprint) through the sensor. Say goodbye to analog keys and also to thieves.



9. Write a ‘tweet’ and ask for a coffee

With a coffee maker, a switch, a relay, and the proper programming found on Instructables , your Twitter account can become your own waiter. With this invention, you can make your coffee maker prepare your cut with milk when you are in bed or on the bus just by writing a ‘tweet’. In addition to saving time, you can boast that your Bluebird account is smarter than the others.

If you connect your board with components like a fingerprint reader, batteries and transistors, and install the system in your door, you will be able to avoid thieves forever. Although it is not a simple project, the author of this invention has left you all the details so that you can begin to open the garage door just by moving your finger (a unique and unrepeatable fingerprint) through the sensor. Say goodbye to analog keys and also to thieves.

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