The Great Automatic Light Saga or How to control a WeMo light from your PC

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Summary: Control a lamp with a script on your PC via WiFi and a WeMo Switch This is going to get a bit convoluted so try and stick with me. I moved house the end of last year and, as happens every time, I left behind all the alterations and small tweaks ...

Wheelchair hack for foot control

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Alejandro who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy which limits his ability to move. Rather than wait five years for a powered wheelchair, his father [Shea] took it upon himself to hack a wheelchair his son could control. He used a second hand adult-sized motorized wheelchair on eBay and the sensors from a digital ...

Voice mouse development

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

This voice mouse for Mac OS X is a work in progress. It allows those with mobility issues to interact with the mouse cursor using only their voice. Some great comments looks like further development will be forthcoming. Source : via and via Lifekludger

Wired: People with Quadriplegia prefer to control robots manually – thank you very much!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Wired has a great article about the use of robot arms by people with Quadriplegia. It's definately worth a read as it surfaces some important considerations around such things as: the importance of feedback mechanisms from devices, the sense of being in control to the degree one's abilities allow, the importance of ...

The future of brain-controlled devices –

Friday, January 15th, 2010

CNN report on the future of brain controlled devices. In part : "Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) come in two varieties. Noninvasive techniques use electrodes placed on the scalp to measure electrical activity. Invasive procedures implant electrodes directly into the brain. In both cases, the devices interact with a computer to produce a wide ...

Light Activated Auto Blinds

Friday, September 4th, 2009

More DIY motorised blind mods from over on Instructables: Build A Motorized Window Blinds Controller For About $15.00 - More DIY How To Projects [hat tip Liz Henry of hackabilityblog]

Automated blinds controlled via computer and remote

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

A neat project showing automated 'venetian' blinds controlled via computer and remote. I once had a mod done that used a stepper motor from a hard disk that turned the blinds via the wand on the blinds. That way it was able to leave the blind in tact and could ...

Motion control “in-air pointing” with the Loop

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

While touted as a "mouse for your TV," the Loop combines motion control with the familiarity feel of a mouse packaged in to an ergonomically friendly circular design. Control the Loop pointer using four buttons and scroll wheel. Further more though is the motion control. Freespace motion control technology allows "in-air ...

A myriad of relay controls for Makers incl USB

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="{usb relay}"][/caption] There's been discussion previously on the blog about some off the shelf, usb controlled power outlets that a few readers were chasing. I recently received the below email from a reader, Tom Stephenson, about USB control of devices using relays. Thanks Tom. Hello Dave - Lifekludger, I think you ...