Washing Machine + Arduino == Laundrino

lan-washing-machine.jpgI love this one, and credit to Engadget for the title – Laundrino!

It’s what you get when use Arduino to solve a laundry problem of knowing when your clothes are finished down in the basement.

An enterprising chap has rigged up an Arduino Uno and Ethernet shield to the washing machine in question, and saved himself time and effort. Avoiding leaving his clothes in a damp finished state or making an unnecessary premature trip…

Hack-a-day writes:

The washer has an LED that lights when it is finally done doing its thing, so [Micha] removed the LED and soldered in two wires, which he then connected to his Arduino. When the washer is finished and the LED should be lit, the Arduino senses that the input has been pulled low, signaling the end of the cycle. The Arduino was hooked into his home network via an Ethernet shield, enabling him to monitor the process from the comfort of the nearest web browser.

You can read the full details on Hack-a-day.

[Via Engadget] Tags: Arduino, clothes, finished state, question 2c, senses

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4 Comments

  1. September 14, 2011 15:25

    Good one, Pete – you sound like the perfect reader for the Gadget Master blog!

  2. September 14, 2011 15:22

    ‘Laundrino particle’? I like it – it would explain so much. Maybe they will find it at the LHC, too!

  3. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 11:19

    Surely the Laundrino is what individual socks turn into? Like the neutrino, this is a massless particle that passes through the walls of the machine, never to be seen again. This is related to the “god” particle in that it maintains a supply of clean socks for God.

  4. Pete
    September 14, 2011 11:08

    Long before home computing, I installed a moving coil ammeter on the mains circuit that had the laundry kit on. Just looked for the current to fallfrom the ammeter in the kitchen.

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