How To Build Your Own Hackpack


In a just a couple of weeks, developers from around the world will be joining us in San Francisco for Signal. For some Signal attendees, the speakers will be the highlight. For others, it’s getting their hands on the new video SDK. There’s also a good chance that $bash will steal the show. Whatever part of Signal you’re most excited about, you can also look forward… 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

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


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


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

Join the discussion on Hacker News 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, PowerSwitch, Arduino, and PusherApp. Last week… Read More