[sf-lug] controlling external electronics? for a little science project Digest, Vol 30, Issue 14
dssstrkl at gmail.com
Wed May 14 08:15:17 PDT 2008
You should check out linuxmce.org. It includes a lot of home
automation stuff in addition to a media center, VOIP, etc. They don't
sell hardware, but support a variety of home automation devices and
have a huge wiki.
On May 14, 2008, at 8:01 AM, Sam Geffner wrote:
> From: Matt Price <matt.price at utoronto.ca>
> Subject: [sf-lug] controlling external electronics? for a little
> science project
> To: sf-lug <sf-lug at linuxmafia.com>
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> hi folks,
> my 9-year-old has an idea for an invention..
> maybe she's not the first one to have invented it exactly, but i'd
> to encourage her. she wants a reverse alarm clock, that does the
> -turn out her light at bed time
> - play from a selection of boring speeches after lights out, to lull
> to sleep
> - wake her in the morning with a less boring speech.
> now, it strikes me that most of this could be done pretty easily
> with a
> simple python script on her xo-1. but to turn the light out she needs
> to open a circuit external to the computer. now i imagine even this
> pretty easy to do; that there exist generic usb connected electronics
> kits, that let you perform arbitrary simple actions (like flipping a
> switch) with signals from the computer. but if this is so i have no
> idea how to do it. anyone know anything about this sort of thing?
> as usual i appreciate al the help...
> Matt Price
> matt.price at utoronto.ca
> Smarthome.com has just what you need in an Insteon controller for
> the lights and an Insteon PC-USB interface box. Possibly not the
> cheapest, but definitely off the shelf. I haven't researched
> whether the USB interface includes Linux drivers, but their tech
> support [800-762-7846] is relatively knowledgable & exceptionally
> helpful and could be a source to answer your further questions.
> Sam Geffner
> sgeffner at gmail.com
> 415-793-3562 cel
> "That which makes our task difficult is part of the task."
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