Here’s What An Arduino and Twilio Powered Telegraph Looks Like


I hate voicemail. That’s why I text my friends. Sorry, I should elaborate. I mean I text a Twilio number that interfaces with Arduino to translate my text message into morse code which is then tapped out by an old telegraph. Is my means of communication uncommon? Yes. Is it pretty rad? Yes. Am I abusing sarcastic rhetorical questions? Most definitely. Noam Zomerfeld, a design student… Read More

Light Up Your Hackpack With the Adafruit NeoMatrix Library


Signal is almost upon us. That means that in just a few days we’ll be handing out hackpacks to every attendee of the conference. The hackpack contains a littleBits-powered Adafruit NeoPixel 8×8 LED Panel that can be programmed to display whatever you can fit onto its display. If you haven’t already read it, check out our recent post detailing what hardware is in the hackpack and… Read More

Send SMS And MMS From Your Arduino Yun


The Arduino Yun has built-in WiFi and a second microprocessor which runs Linux. That means that you can write programs in your favorite scripting language and interact with APIs directly from your Arduino. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to send SMS and MMS from our Arduino Yun using Python and Twilio. By the end we will: Install pip and the Twilio Python helper library on… Read More

TaskRouter and the Internet of Things

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There are millions of devices hooked up to the Internet and generating data, from refrigerators monitoring their contents to webcams tracking intruders. These connected devices, collectively referred to as the “Internet of Things” often create work that needs to be done by humans. How do we keep track of all that work? How do we assign that work to an appropriately skilled and available worker? How… Read More

Build a Photobooth with an Arduino Yun, a Webcam and Dropbox


The Arduino Yun is an Arduino with built-in WiFi and Linux. With the Yun, not only can you do all the hardware hacking that you’d expect from an Arduino, but you can also connect it to the Internet and run programs in your favorite scripting language. In this tutorial, we’re going to build a proof-of-concept for an Arduino powered photo booth to serve as the foundation… Read More

Getting started with the Arduino Yun – the Arduino with WiFi


One of the most common complaints of Arduinos is their lack of connectivity. You build these cool hardware hacks, but then you can’t make them apart of the Internet of Things (IoT) unless you plug in a bulky Arduino WiFi shield. The Arduino Yun solves that problem. The Yun is an Arduino with WiFi built in. Additionally, the Yun has a second microprocessor that runs a… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 12: Christmas Lights


Well friends, today marks the end of our #12HacksOfChristmas, and what better way to end then to turn the lights out. Our first post was an SMS christmas tree and our last hack we hope will inspire an SMS christmas house! If only Clark Griswold had been able to trigger his epic light display with his telephone?! I think the old Uncle Lewis might have kicked… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 11: SMS Laundry Alerts


Worse than a lump of coal in your stocking is the terrifying experience of discovering your clothes in a wet pile on the floor at your local laundromat or the shared laundry room in your dorm or apartment. Many of us have been there – maybe we forgot to set our alarm or simply fell asleep. Instructables user MakerBee knew there had to be a way… Read More