The Great Automatic Light Saga or How to control a WeMo light from your PC

Summary: Control a lamp with a script on your PC via WiFi and a WeMo Switch This is going to get a bit convoluted so try and stick with me. I moved house the end of last year and, as happens every time, I left behind all the alterations and small tweaks I’d done toContinue reading “The Great Automatic Light Saga or How to control a WeMo light from your PC”

Much awaited new Accessibility feature – iOS 7 Switch Control

From the AblenetInc youtube page comes some info on Switch Control in iOS7 “iOS 7 includes a powerful new accessibility feature, Switch Control. For users with significant physical disabilities, Switch Control is a much needed feature that provides access to almost every feature in iOS 7 through the use of one or multiple switches.” [wp_youtube]fqWkNxB27DM[/wp_youtube]

Doorbell sends SMS Message when Pressed

  Along the lines of the Notifying Doorbell comes another project to enhance a doorbell. This Project from Martin’s Hobby site has details on a Wireless Doorbell that sends SMS Message when Activated. Includes the code for you to make your own. Via: Hacked Gadgets

The MaKey MaKey configurable input system

It’s amazing how many times some creative, fun thing gets invented for basically ‘play’ that can be used in an alternate scenario for such real world benefit. Such it is with this MaKey MaKey system that allows anything to be an input device. This really got my brain whirring as to how many ways thisContinue reading “The MaKey MaKey configurable input system”

RFID controlled phone dialing

More and more uses are surfacing for RFID chips and I can foresee many practical applications for alternative access to a myriad of life related activities. Hackaday reports on a phone prototype which uses RFID tags to dial. It is common for our motor skills and eyesight to deteriorate as we get older. There areContinue reading “RFID controlled phone dialing”

A myriad of relay controls for Makers incl USB

There’s been discussion previously on the blog about some off the shelf, usb controlled power outlets that a few readers were chasing. I recently received the below email from a reader, Tom Stephenson, about USB control of devices using relays. Thanks Tom. Hello Dave – Lifekludger, I think you might have interest in a USBContinue reading “A myriad of relay controls for Makers incl USB”

Puff activated kick pedal mod for Guitar Hero

Ben Heck has modded the kick pedal on the drums of guitar hero so it can be operated by puff of the mouth by someone who uses a wheelchair.   Ben shows exactly how he went about the awesome mod over on his blog in a post here. http://benheck.com/03-01-2009/air-pressure-kick-pedal-for-gh4 This is a brilliant example ofContinue reading “Puff activated kick pedal mod for Guitar Hero”