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Developing a thermostat for a heat pump that only has a timer

The heat pump which cools [Chris LeBlanc's] home lacks the sort of control he was looking for. It’s just got a timer, which switches it off automatically.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.11.15 at 12:58

Nyan Cat built into the wall of a house

Nyan Cat built into the wall of a house

You’re going to need your best negotiating skills if you want to convince your significant other to let you add your own Nyan Cat to the kids’ room.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.11.15 at 11:30

Directing an alarm system straight to the Internet

Directing an alarm system straight to the Internet

[Scott] has a pretty nice alarm system at his house – it will give the operator at his alarm company enough information to determine if it’s a fire alarm, burglary, or just a cat walking in front of a sensor.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.18 at 12:43

Open source Android thermostat

Open source Android thermostat

Put that old Android phone to good use by mounting it on the wall as a smart thermostat. This open source hardware and software project lets you replace your home’s thermostat with an Android device which adds Internet connectivity and all that comes with the increase in computing power.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.13 at 19:18

Sensor based dehumidifier system for your home

Sensor based dehumidifier system for your home

The apartment [Angus] lives in must be sealed up pretty tight. It was so humid during the winter that there was a mold issue. We usually have the opposite problem, needing to add humidity to the air in the colder months.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.09 at 01:00

Getting a Nest thermostat to work in Europe

Getting a Nest thermostat to work in Europe

[Julian] was really excited to get his hands on a Nest learning thermostat. It’s round, modern design will make it a showpiece in his home, but he knew there would be a few hiccups when trying to take advantage of its online features.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.06 at 03:43

Honey bee temperature logger tracks internal hive movement

Honey bee temperature logger tracks internal hive movement

Apparently bees tend to use different areas of the hive throughout the year. All we know is not to mess with them. [Max Justicz], on the other hand, does exactly that at his high school.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.10.01 at 09:48

Fancy beer pong table cleans your balls

Fancy beer pong table cleans your balls

Beer Pong seems to have been around for some time but it only recently exploded in to a universally known game. But one thing has always bothered us.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.09.29 at 00:03

Doorbell to Internet bridge also useful for other home automation

Doorbell to Internet bridge also useful for other home automation

This wireless doorbell hack can send a text message when someone rings. Adding the hardware to the chime unit turned out to be quite simple. It shows potential for a slew of other applications.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.09.28 at 09:03

Crystal doorbell helps class up the joint

Even if you live in a dump this quick build will make your doorbell sound high-class. The new rig uses a crystal goblet to alter you of guests at the door.

Via Hack a Day | Posted on 2012.09.26 at 14:44


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