Simon Mwaura’s junk-built home automation system

Computers & Mobile Technology

The really cool thing about the maker featured in this YouTube video is that his home automation system is cobbled together from salvaged components and bits of junk. My advice is to ignore the insipid voice-over and fast-forward to 0:23, where the good stuff starts. Via AfriGadget.

12 thoughts on “Simon Mwaura’s junk-built home automation system

  1. Anonymous says:

    Insipid? Give the guy a break – this is wonderful!

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      I was referring to the reporter, in case it wasn’t clear. But even so, fair enough; “insipid” is probably a bit rough. Retracted.

  2. jes1510 says:

    A cheap system that has impressive capabilities built out of otherwise useless junk. That’s the best of the maker mentality right there!

  3. JAC says:

    Awesome! The alert messaging system is impressive.

    1. suidae says:

      Makes you wonder what he could do if someone sent him a Maker Bot and a PC.

      1. Obie says:

        Just read through the comments with Simon and he appreciates the love. He’s currently learning how to program micro-controllers at the Nairobi FabLab. I’m just familiarizing him with the website.

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