To kick off our new ‘hobby’ Rob and I have chosen to make something we need, in the hope that someone out there might find it useful. Rob has just done some work on his garden and has fitted some deck lighting and a pond fountain. He was talking about buying a wireless relay controller so he could sit in the garden and turn things on/off. When we had the idea, how about making his phone the controller, since he always has it on him.
We have both used a few Different ARM processors in the past and I have had them running TCP/IP Stacks like lwip and uip without too much hassle. I’ve also dabbled in some iPhone and Android development so knocking up something to control it should be simple.
Since were hooking up a network controllable board to a phone I thought it would be a nice feature to include a IRDA port to allow it to learn and send IR Codes. Turn your phone into a remote!
Stay tuned for more updates!