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Who’s There? – Home Automation with RaspberryPi & Arduino

I built this project/gadget to solve a problem where people (contractors, gardeners, neighbors) would come by my house when I was not around. And I really wanted to know who had come by and when. So, I used the RaspberryPi and Arduino to build my home gadget for $90 which sends me almost instantaneous notification on my cell phone. I'm modifying this to send me email so that costs are kept low. I would use the prize money to teach girls programming via codechix.org.

I built this project/gadget to solve a problem where people (contractors, gardeners, neighbors) would come by my house when I was not around. And I really wanted to know who had come by and when. So, I used the RaspberryPi and Arduino to build my home gadget for $90 which sends me almost instantaneous notification on my cell phone. I’m modifying this to send me email so that costs are kept low. I would use the prize money to teach girls programming via codechix.org.

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Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


Comments

  1. Note: For the “Raspi64″ the raspberry pi is only loaded with Raspbmc. It was just placed inside an N64.

  2. Is there a MAKE article on how to build this?

  3. jezra says:

    So who are the winners, and what do you plan on making with your winner goodies?

    1. Nick Normal says:

      Hi jezra,
      Good point – I updated the blog and slideshow with a link to the winners. You can see the winners here. Thanks for reading!

  4. sudo-nym says:

    Wow, that Spin case is head and shoulders above most of the other cases I’ve seen!

  5. aaronjw says:

    Lame – nothing really of substance except maybe that RFID server or that Server Control Monitor – those were pretty awesome, honorable mention for the wedding invitations idea maybe. Everything else was “look at my pretty box to hide the electronics” or rehashed idea to ∞+1. Internet radio, streaming widgets of data, remote garage door opener? Siri Proxi? as a control switch? These are all things that we get from existing smartphones and are “let me show you this!” gimmicky things that all ultimately serve to be a waste of time.

    1. Kiro says:

      So where can we see your cool RPi porject?

      Thought so….

      1. therealJayz says:

        lol Kiro, well played…I hate people who whine about everything, whan whan whan is all I can hear…so, Aaron, if you don’t anything constructive to say then don’t say anything!! simple as that

  6. It’s going to be finish of mine day, however before finish
    I am reading this wonderful post to improve my knowledge.

  7. barrywilliams991 says:

    Looks absolutely GREAT! I think you could sell them.

    1. Ooops! The clear custom case is what I am talking about. It is downright elegant!

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