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General Chat Thread, Introducing the Network Kettle! in General; Originally Posted by steveg Can't you use a relay wired in series with the kettle's switch - just leave the ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    Can't you use a relay wired in series with the kettle's switch - just leave the kettle switched on ready to be used from the network? Has the advantage that anyone that doesn't know how to switch it on from the network can't use your kettle!

    Steve
    Kettle switches will auto switch off if there is heat - they are not just switches, they are tightly integrated with the heat sensing elements of the kettle.

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    Just ordered an Arduino ethernet board a relay and a force sensitive resistor - so hopefully we can program it to give some useful feedback as to how full the kettle is!

    1 x Force Sensitive Resistor (FSR) Interlink 402 (FSR-01)
    1 x Relay (DPDT 5v) (RELAY-01-BU)
    1 x USB - Serial Cable (3.3v) (FTDI-01-USB)
    1 x Arduino Ethernet Board (ARDE-01)

    Although it was £65 all together!

    will post results when its arrived and been made

    EDIT: did think about the moisture sensor but it would be harder to implement as would need to connect the top to the bottom - possibly risky
    Last edited by glennda; 9th August 2011 at 09:18 PM.

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    Curios how you got on with this if at all Glenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linux_Nut View Post
    Curios how you got on with this if at all Glenda
    Erm I we blew the Arduino board up! Connected the power to the wrong pins! Going to get another setup shortly (probs after christmas) and see how we get on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linux_Nut View Post
    Curios how you got on with this if at all Glenda
    It engulfed him in a myriad of molten components, resulting in his untimely demise.

    His headstone reads "Dagnabit, I that should have worked."

    The person posting as @glennda is mearly a clone. A glennda 2.0, if you will. We're trying to replicate the origional explosion, but to date, it appears to be an anomaly.


    On a more serious note, if Network Kettle[tm] works without any problem on a network, someone needs to make an app.


    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Erm I we blew the Arduino board up! Connected the power to the wrong pins! Going to get another setup shortly (probs after christmas) and see how we get on!
    Holy Carp! [<-- Typo. But, I'll allow it.]

    I was joking... Seems I was eerrily accurate.

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    On a more serious note, if Network Kettle[tm] works without any problem on a network, someone needs to make an app
    V1 of the kettle worked fine, until we had to give the web relay back.

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    I'm thinking this could be a use with my Raspberry pi - I will see what I can come up with for this, and draw out and plans! @SimpleSi I might need some help with the Raspberry pi setup - do you know anybody who would be interested?

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    Next Steps

    Connect to door entry system so kettle switchesd on when you enter building
    Automate a robotic arm that when the kettle boils to fill a cup ready with tea bag and sugar if requiredd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davit2005 View Post
    Next Steps

    Connect to door entry system so kettle switchesd on when you enter building
    Automate a robotic arm that when the kettle boils to fill a cup ready with tea bag and sugar if requiredd
    Connect to interweb so that it can be activated from a mobile app on my phone so its ready as I walk in the door

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Connect to interweb so that it can be activated from a mobile app on my phone so its ready as I walk in the door
    My mate has a coffee machine that does that, controlled by iOS apps, make a brew from in your bed so it's ready when you get downstairs. Costs £1500 mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    My mate has a coffee machine that does that, controlled by iOS apps, make a brew from in your bed so it's ready when you get downstairs. Costs £1500 mind...
    I'm aiming to use what I have!!

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    So what's the project aim for this kettle controller then?

    Simon

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    Me being a geek :-)

    Basicly i need a simple way of remotely sending a signal via the network to the gpio board i guess to activate a solinoid? Or activate something which i am yet to decide!

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    Get a mains remote controled switch and then just break into the remote controller and use your RPi to imiate pressing buttons on the remote or use this method of directly controlling 433Mhz ones
    Safe Automated Mains Sockets

    (I'd just go with hacking into a remote myself - not tried it but it can't be that hard as long as your buffer the RPi from the remote (my favourite chip to do this is the ULN2003 - 37p from CPC )

    Tons of stuff on the forum to do remote control over the web I'd thought
    Raspberry Pi &bull; Index page

    Nice little project


    Simon

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    Damn I had a dream about this a couple of weeks ago thought I was onto a winner!

    Good work!



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