Ahh… wonderful home automation

Just saw this on Amazon.com, it’s a pretty nifty thermostat. Automatically learns when you’re home and away, can be controlled with a smartphone, saves energy, etc.

I have a Honeywell Visionpro 8000 and I thought it was great when it came out (like 10 years ago), but this is the next step. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ML9J4O/ref=amb_link_363389382_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-3&pf_rd_r=1XSZR79NMCFF2NT5A9TP&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1374036862&pf_rd_i=507846

At $250, it’s not exactly cheap, but I imagine it could save a bit of dough once installed.

Build your own sentry gun!

http://projectsentrygun.rudolphlabs.com/

Welcome to Project Sentry Gun, home to the most versatile sentry gun on the web!

Now in use on six continents!

This sentry gun autonomously tracks, aims, and shoots at targets, using:
  • An airsoft or paintball gun
  • A webcam to find targets
  • A computer to process the video feed and aim the gun
  • Servo motors to physically aim the gun and squeeze the trigger
  • A sturdy tripod base
  • A microcontroller to interface between the computer and the servo motors
  • Fully open-source code
  • Lots of camo paint
 The end result is a paintball/airsoft spewing robot, that can turn the tides of any match.