January 13, 2012
I have laid some foundation work for my Garage Door sensor project. So far I have it sensing and reporting the state of my door open, door closed reed switches to the free pachube.com data logging service. I have also started reading "Building Wireless Sensor Networks" in preparation for hooking a Zigbee unit up to the door switches in stand-alone mode.
Several oomlout.com tutorials, and 1 simple noisemaker Instructable. A rash of pinball, arcade, Wii, and other electronic repair projects have kept me from working on my Arduino projects lately.
Here are the personal project ideas I have come up with so far. 1.) Garage Door Sensor(s) which report their status to my phone somehow (a web service, or a phone notification gateway of some kind). a.) Perhaps add a open indicator light in my living room. 2.) Coin-op machine coin counting network which reports to me somehow (a web service, or an Email perhaps). (I am assuming the location has a WiFi connection.) 3.) Custom door bell project. a.) I have always wanted to make my door bell sound more like the chimes on an old electro-mechanical pinball machine. b.) I would like the ability to give the door bell sound a volume boost (it is hard to hear currently). c.) Possibly add remote door bell sound boxes around the house.
I am a former website developer and I have been exploring electronics by troubleshooting pinball machines. I just got the Ada Fruit experimentation kit and am looking forward to seeing what I can do with the Arduino platform around my house.
I look forward to everyone collaborating and bouncing ideas off of each other.