Category Archives: home hacks

Detecting Cars with an ESP8266 Magnetometer

Having a motorized gate on your driveway is great, but only if there’s an easy way to trigger it. [Andrew] says the gate at his parent’s place could only be controlled by manually pushing a button on the panel or with a dinky remote that didn’t have nearly the range …read more

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Posted in automatic, ESP8266, gate, home hacks, magnetometer, Microcontrollers, QMC5883X, sensor, weatherproofing | Leave a comment

How The Power Gets To The Outlet

[Practical Engineering] is ready to explain how power substations get electricity to you in his latest video, which you can see below.  One of the things we always notice when talking to people either in our community or outside it is that most people have no idea how most of …read more

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Posted in breaker, electricity, fuse, grid, home hacks, misc hacks, recloser, substation | Leave a comment

Inventor And Detective Create Range Of Snack-Hiding Devices

Anyone who has had to deal with siblings, their friends, flatmates or parents who are overly fond of snacks may know this issue: you bought some snacks for your own consumption, but before you can get to them they have vanished. Naturally, nobody knows what happened to said snacks and …read more

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The Danish Internet Of Hot Tubs

Every hacker camp has its own flavor, and BornHack 2019 in the Danish countryside gave us the opportunity to sample some hacker relaxation, Scandinavian style. Among the attractions was a wood-fired hot tub of gargantuan proportions, in which the tired attendee could rejuvenate themselves at 40 Celcius in the middle …read more

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Exploring the Science Behind Dirty Air Filters

Obviously, if the air filters in your home HVAC system are dirty, you should change them. But exactly how dirty is dirty? [Tim Rightnour] had heard it said that if you didn’t change your filter every month or so, it could have a detrimental effect on the system’s energy …read more

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Posted in air conditioning, air filter, air pressure, energy efficiency, green hacks, home hacks, hvac | Leave a comment

Building a Safe ESP32 Home Energy Monitor

The first step to reducing the energy consumption of your home is figuring out how much you actually use in the first place. After all, you need a baseline to compare against when you start making changes. But fiddling around with high voltage is something a lot of hackers will …read more

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Posted in AWS, current transformer, energy monitor, green hacks, home automation, home hacks, inductor current tester, mqtt | Leave a comment

Keep Pesky Cats At Bay With A Machine-Learning Turret Gun

It doesn’t take long after getting a cat in your life to learn who’s really in charge. Cats do pretty much what they want to do, when they want to do it, and for exactly as long as it suits them. Any correlation with your wants and needs is strictly …read more

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Posted in ai, artificial intelligence, cat, gimbal, home hacks, machine learning, nerf, pan-tilt, tracking, turrget gun, weapons, weapons hacks, YOLO | Leave a comment

AI Recognizes And Locks Out Murder Cats

Anyone with a cat knows that the little purring ball of fluff in your lap is one tiny step away from turning into a bloodthirsty serial killer. Give kitty half a chance and something small and defenseless is going to meet a slow, painful end. And your little killer is …read more

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Posted in ai, artificial intelligence, AWS, cat door, DeepLens, feline, home hacks, machine learning, machine vision, misc hacks, murder, predation, prey | Leave a comment

Exploring Basement Humidity With A Raspberry Pi

Sometimes a hack isn’t about building something cool. Sometimes it’s more tactical, where the right stuff is cobbled together to gather the information needed to make decisions, or just to document some interesting phenomenon.

Take this impromptu but thorough exploration of basement humidity undertaken by [Matthias Wandel]. Like most people …read more

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Posted in data acquisition, dehumidifier, dht22, environmental, home hacks, humidity, hvac, PiCam, Raspberry Pi, sensor | Leave a comment

Electronic Candle Charges Inductively

Humans like things that look like other things. A great example are faux LED tea light candles, with a plastic “flame” and flickering orange LED to recreate the effect of their waxy brethren. [gzumwalt] wanted to take the concept a little further, however, and got down to work.

The design …read more

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