The Bizarre Yet Fun Hacklab Toilet

You’re a loyal Twitter fan and you couldn’t get enough with it? Although it might sounds a little bit crazy, but some of the people really don’t want to miss even a single chat/message on the Twitter! If they’re given the choice, they will probably Twittering, even they’re inside toilet. Well, if you don’t mind and would like to post to Twitter in toilet, then this Hacklab Toilet is the idea device that you must equip on your toilet! Here’s how the Hacklab Toilet concept: Every time, when you’re flushing the toilet, it will post a message to Twitter automatically. For making this Hacklab Toilet, you need the following components: An Arduino Duemilanove, An Adafruit Ethernet shield, WIZnet Ethernet module, Mercury switch, Perfboard, Wires, Cables and so on. Ok, first of all, you have to assemble the Arduino Ethernet and the WIZnet module. Just plug in to it, then attaches them to the arduino. As you can see on the below figure, the arduino is wired to the wall complete with power and Ethernet. After it, you must use a… Continue reading

Sprinkling Can Be Fun with Sprinkler Controller

You are bored for the normal water sprinkling system, and wishes a new change will spice up your watering routine? Yep, you can wipe away the boredom by create a colorful sprinkler controller by your own. Firstly, you must know what your own needs when you creating this controller which: It is simple and not too complicated to build Easy to navigate and control Easy to add or remove any features whenever you want It will support the extensive reporting It must electrically isolated Include the “In Place” flash upgradeable firmware For this project, you can either choose to include control for an irrigation pump or not. The controller can be placed besides your sprinkler system wiring is, and its just only run a simple two or three wire control line from the automation controller to the sprinkler controller. Furthermore, choose the “send commands/requests” to the sprinkler controller without reports on your automation controller if you want to. You can build this controller on a perfboard with wirewrap, and build as many valves as you want. You will take about… Continue reading