25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 153 pages


Your home may be your castle-but can it cook your dinner? Well, with the help of 25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius, you can teach it to do just that, along with dozens of other affordable, enjoyable things that will transform your humble abode into a wickedly automated living environment.

But fear not-you don't need an engineering degree to complete the projects in this book. That's because technology maven Jerri L. Ledford skillfully provides you with a firm understanding of the basic wiring, networking, and equipment demands for home automation. She then leads you step by step through each application, offering clearly worded and heavily diagramed guidance that will truly satisfy your inner Evil Genius.

With the help of just a few household tools, you'll be able to bring info-age automation to:

  • Indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Security and surveillance
  • Climate regulation
  • Entertainment systems
  • Personal reminders
  • Plant care
  • Remote monitoring of kids and pets
  • Keyless entry
  • Wireless TV
  • And many more!

Plus, you'll gain access to discounts from a variety of home automation product manufacturers, to make your projects even more economical. With 25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius, easy living is now automatic!

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I too found this book to be disappointing. It feels like all they did is compile a bunch of user instructions from various products and called it a book.
There really isn't any build-it-yourself
going on - the projects all start with a line to the effect of "buy these expensive components".
It also promotes HAL and X-10 throughout the book - most projects require one or the other - as if those two companies paid the author to write it.
My recommendation is to just skip the book and use the instructions that come with whatever product you intend to use in your home. With this book already being 6 years old, the technologies they recommend are likely already outdated anyway.


Introduction to Home Automation
Outdoor Lighting

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About the author (2007)

Jerri Ledford (Magee, MS) is a freelance writer with more than 10 years experience. She's had more than 700 articles appear in publications such as Intelligent Enterprise, Network World, Information Security Magazine, TechNet Magazine, and others. In addition to covering all aspects of business technology, Jerri writes and teaches technology courses for consumers at both Hewlett-Packard and CNET, and has written several consumer books, including The Rational Guide to Preventing Identity Theft (Rational Press, 2005), Cut the Cord! The Consumer's Guide to VoIP (Course Technology – a division of PTR, 2005), and The Personal Cybersecurity Bible (Course Technology, 2005.)

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