Smart “Homer”

Posted on December 16th, 2016

Are you a huge fan of The Simpsons or any other TV show? Thomas Amberg has created a humorous “Homer” puppet which automatically turns on the TV anytime The Simpsons is scheduled to be on.

Smart Homer

The project works using an Ethernet connected Arduino which automatically checks an online TV program and then uses IR LEDs to turn the TV on. You could very easily adapt this project to turn it into a less Simpsons centric smart TV remote. To find out how you can build your own smart Homer checkout the following link.

Smart Homer

Looking for an Ethernet connected Arduino compatible board? Then check out the Freetronics EtherDue:


It’s the Arduino Due-compatible board with Freetronics additions including Ethernet network connectivity, MAC address chip, microSD storage, optional PoE, upgraded power supply and more. For more information on this powerful board, check out the EtherDue product page.

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Build a Universal Remote with Arduino

Posted on July 24th, 2016

With this clever project from Tony DiCola you can overcome the confusion of having multiple remotes by combining them all into an Arduino powered universal remote.  The remote is built using a number of common parts including a IR led and an IR receiver. The IR receiver is used to decode the signals from the original remotes so that they can be sent to your entertainment devices by the IR led on the universal remote. When set up, the universal remote can provide an interface between your various entertainment devices and your smartphone allowing you to control all of your devices from your smart phone.

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This is a perfect project to integrate into your home automation system allowing you to control your TV system from any smart device and even schedule recording or automatic channel switching and implement any other number of useful features.     

To get started on this simple but useful project, check out the following link.

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