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In previous article, i wrote about controlling home appliances using GSM/GPRS devices. In this article, we learn about how to control home appliances using your smartphone (android) – Bluetooth module, micro controller, peripheral driver and Relays!

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This tutorial will show how to build a simple voice controlled robot that’s easy enough for beginners to make in just a few hours. I show how it can be done in two languages, both English and Thai.
The cost of the entire project is about ~$224, which factors in quality components and parts.

There will be three parts to this tutorial. This part will show you how to assemble the robot mechanically, the next part will show you how to program your microcontroller, and the last part will be how to configure voice recognition.

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Every year about 700,000 vehicles get stolen in US. In fact, a car is stolen every 45 seconds.

We all love our cars and whether it is a roaring Lamborghini or a purring Prius, we are attached to it and wish that it never gets stolen.

I am very attached to my family car and take lots of precaution that I do not park my car in secluded places or double check that I always lock my car when I park it anywhere and always carry my car keys with me. However, I am still worried whether my car is safe. In order to get rid of these genuine worries, I decided to design my own low cost car tracking system.

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Greetings, fellow Raspberry Pi enthusiasts.  We are about to create a multi-purpose gadget that is sure to impress!  My primary reason for building this to to control my Christmas lights, but that is only one of many possible uses.  Basically you can plug in up to 8 appliance and turn them on and off independantly from your smart phone!  If you want to setup port-forwarding on your wireless router, you can control your appliances from anywhere in the world.  (Although why you would want to turn on your blender from over-seas is a bit of a mystery.) Please leave me a comment letting me know how you use your Web Controlled Powerstrip!

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Water-DropletWater pump controller senses the level of water in a tank and drives the water pump. The circuit described here is built around timer IC1 (555). When the water level of tank goes below the low level marked by ‘L’ the voltage at pin 2 of IC1 becomes low. As a result, internal SR-flip-flop of IC1 resets and its output goes high. This high output pin 3 of IC1 drives relay driver transistor T1 (BC547) and energies relay RL1. Water pump gets mains power supply through n/o contacts of the relay and is powered on. It starts filling water in the tank. Continue Reading…