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November 1, 2007

Picaxe Microcontroller Home Automation

at 5:27 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Dr Acula shows you how to create a good start at a powerful and low cost home automation system. If home automation isn’t your thing then how about a wild Christmas light show controlled by some software on your computer. Using the Picaxe microcontroller gives you a head start in the development of this system.

“This Instructable shows you how to interface a PC and microcontroller. This demo will sense the value of a pot or any analog input and also control a servo. Total cost is under $40 including the servo. The servo turns on a microswitch and then the microswitch turns on a lamp. In a practical application the pot could be a temperature sensor and the servo could be turning on a heater. The servo could be replaced with a relay or other power controller. The picaxe is programmed in a simplified version of basic and the interface uses VB.Net. All software is available for free.”


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4 Responses to “Picaxe Microcontroller Home Automation”

  1. Project_Nightmare Says:

    Something I can see Turd looking at for hours 🙂 I’m a little interested myself, but I’m PIC person because that’s the only programmer I have.

  2. Turd Says:

    I made this Instructable, it’s pretty cool! Dr Acula did a great job 😀
    Project_Nightmare, you don’t need a programmer for the PICAXE chips, just a serial cable and two or three resistors to program it 😀

  3. mytriangles » Picaxe Microcontroller Home Automation Says:

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  4. Insteon Says:

    It’s a neat hack and Dr Acula did a good job at the instructions, but having an entire house with this stuff everywhere (hence qualifying for the term “home automation”) would be a mess!

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