Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 3
May31

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 3

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] UPDATE: Works with OS X Yosemite.   Part 3 In Part 2 we learned how to control our Arduino using AppleScript, or more specifically, how to send Shell commands via AppleScript. In this next section we will look at a practical example, one which will take a User’s input and translate that into the appropriate IR commands...

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Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 2
May28

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 2

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] Part 2 This next part, for me at least, came with a bit of luck. I found a forum somewhere (which for the life of me I can’t re-find) which pointed out a very important part of the IR code which the IRrecord sketch we used last time didn’t show. As we know, the serial output of the IRrecord sketch showed us something...

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Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 1
May26

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 1

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] Part 1 What with my exams finished, I thought I’d take some down time and build an IR Remote that I can control with my computer. I use a 22” LG TV as a display for my MacBook, but because it’s a TV and not a monitor, it doesn’t switch off when I put my computer to sleep. Pressing the on/off button on the front of the TV doesn’t...

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Outdoor Motion Activated LED Light
Mar10

Outdoor Motion Activated LED Light

Following on from my recent wearable project, I was asked to build an outdoor motion activated LED light for the front door. I had briefly read about PIR sensors a few weeks ago, and I was keen to give it a go. Originally I was going to use some, or perhaps all, of my left over NeoPixel strip, as it has a weatherproof sheath, but I decided that it just wasn’t quite right for the project. Instead I settled on an Adafruit 16 LED...

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The Story of the Torch
Feb26

The Story of the Torch

Back in 2008, I owned a brilliant torch. It was a blue anodised aluminium torch with 19 bright white LEDs set in its face. It was a brilliant torch. I kept it in the car because that is one of the places where a torch is most useful, well, at least for me. But in 2008 it was stolen when my car was broken into – no doubt they used it to break into other people’s cars. It was the only thing that was stolen, but despite the damage...

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