Automated blinds

Inspired by the multitudes of other automated window blind projects, [John] decided to build his own simpler design. Knowing his Arduino was massive overkill (yes, we hear you all cheering) he picked up a picaxe 08m starter kit.  Looking at his very simple circuit, you’ll notice there are no resistors or capacitors.  He designed it to take commands from his PC via IR. The final product is fairly well hidden, and should his girlfriend ever be upgraded to wife, we assume he’ll hide it better. Good job [John]. We’re no strangers to automated blinds, we’ve seen them a few times.

Comments

  1. tapius says:

    Ok! now make them individually addressable :)

  2. john says:

    That might just blow the budget :)

    It reminds me though, I should have posted the code. The Sony protocol has 128 unique codes so this window uses the LSB and my next one will use the next least significant. Makes it easier when testing with a remote control too since every other button opens or closes it.

  3. PocketBrain says:

    Add a photoreceptor and have the blinds close when it gets really bright out; hook it up to your alarm clock and have them open up when your alarm goes off!

  4. leftsquarebracket says:

    Nice work indeed. Simple and sweet.

    Perhaps you could use some white electrical tape to help hide the wires (either by wrapping them or taping them to the wall)?

  5. could n. tresist says:

    > should his girlfriend ever be upgraded to wife, we assume he’ll hide it better.

    Once he gets married, he’ll be lucky if he gets to hide it at all.

  6. I love you says:

    It doesn’t Retract too? Mine work better…

  7. I love you says:

    P.S. whats up with your fucked up video?

  8. awesomepossum says:

    bah- those are some fantastic glitches at the beginning of the clip – mixed nicely with the lines of the blinds…

  9. john says:

    Yeah YouTube jacked up the video. Gets the point across so I didn’t bother taking another one to see if their dumb code could get a keyframe or two in before the thing is over.

  10. I love you says:

    Its all good man I am just given you a hard time, I like how quick the blinds open and close. maybe the technology can be placed into tall vanishan blinds..

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