Using an Ethernet-enabled Arduino board, motor shield, a stepper motor or two and miscellaneous hardware, Instructables user 'freedomtocreate' has created a system that can open and close window blinds by a variety of methods. Apart from controlling them via a web interface - which also allows programming parameters such as opening and closing times, it can also be programmed to react to temperature and light levels. Below is the layout of the prototype before installation:
Some extra logic may need to be incorporated, for example how would you like the blinds if it's bright and cold? Nevertheless it's a great tutorial and the base for some imaginative work. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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