Skype Home Automation

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Description

  Set up your own remote home automation system - read the temperature of your house, find out what song is playing on your home system and control the volume, all through instant message commands.
SharpLogic Software

Difficulty: Intermediate
Time Required: 3-6 hours
Cost: $100-$200
Software: Visual Basic or Visual C# Express Editions, .NET Framework 2.0, Windows Media Player 10, Phidgets device libraries, Phidgets Interface Kit examples, Skype version 1.2.0.48
Hardware: 8/8/8 Interface Kit, Temperature Sensor, four LEDs, Force Sensor, Touch Sensor, Light Sensor, 12Volt Computer Fan (DC powered), Power MOSFET transistor (STMicroelectronics P16NF06/IRF510), 9V Battery (Phidget 8/8/8 digital output is not enough to power 12V DC fan), 9V Battery Connector, wire for connecting the digital output of the Phidgets Interface Kit to the Power MOSFET, scissors, small Phillips (flat-head) screwdriver
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Overview

Set up your own remote home automation system - read the temperature of your house, find out what song is playing on your home system and control the volume, all through instant message commands!

Chat with your Home Server

Through an easy-to-use instant message interface, you can send commands to your home computer to monitor things like the temperature, lighting or even sensory touch. Find out what music is playing and control the audio volume.

Extend your Automation

This project is a first step towards complete home automation - add on components to fully control your home's lighting and other electrical appliances.

For step-by-step instructions to automate your home using Skype instant messaging, download the whitepaper.

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Enter home automation commands through Skype Instant Messenger
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Skype Automation Server—monitor temperature, light, force and touch

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    Skype does not cease to impress me. Will surely give this a try.

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