12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 5: The SMS Garage Door Butler

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Deck the halls with Raspberry Pi’s, fa la la la la la LEDs! Today’s hack is another brilliant hardware hack that solves one of the more mundane and cumbersome interactions many car owners face everyday… the garage door. In this detailed tutorial instructables user AkiraFist explains how to harness Raspberry Pi, a webcam and Twilio to create a video-monitored garage door “butler”. AkiraFist even explains how… Read More

Go Old School: Build a Pager Using Arduino, Node.js and Twilio

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I remember when I got my first mobile device… a pager. Like many kids who grew up in the ‘90s I wore that pager proudly on my belt. Over a decade later I still miss getting a “911” message from one of my friends and rushing home to call and see what happened. In case you’re wondering, most often I got those messages when someone had gotten… Read More

DIY Home Automation Using Twilio, PowerSwitch, Arduino, and Pusher

Need a primer? Take the Twilio SMS Docs for a spin here You may have seen my recent blog post about building a Phone-controlled Robot using Twilio. Since then, I’ve had ideas for new Twilio + Arduino mashups pouring in from the community. Today is the second post in our new series of Twilio Hardware mashups – build your own home automation solution using Twilio SMS,… Read More