Synopses & Reviews
Calling all alpha-geeks! Geek House provides tinkerers with 10 PC-based hardware hacking projects for all areas of their home. The projects are advanced – but we hardware hackers love a challenge, don’ t we? Roll up your sleeves and dive into these 10 awesome projects: Home Television Server— schedule and play recordings from any TV in the house Anything Inventory— bar code recognition and item inventory. Use it for the kitchen, your DVDs, CDs, or anything else Kitchen PC— build into a cabinet to organize and automate the kitchen X10 Under the Hood— advanced home automation Automated Sprinkler Control— keep lawn moisture steady and save water Automated BBQ Temperature Control— Mmmmm, perfect BBQ ribs. Car PC— Complete with MP3s, DVDs, navigation, and Internet connection Remote Control Finder – how many do you have? Never loose one again Convert RS232 to Wireless – for making devices wi-fi enabled TV Mute on Phone Ring – never miss another call (unless you want to!)
- From the garage to the living room, Geek House provides hackers with 10 PC-based hardware hacking projects that are not for the faint of heart!
- Taking the DIY mentality to a whole new level, this book teaches techies how to hack, customize, and modify everything-from their sprinkler systems to the temperature of their barbecues
- Adventurous readers will feast on such projects as installing a bar code inventory system for DVDs or CDs, converting RS232 to wireless, scheduling recording from any television in the house, and creating a remote control finder
- Companion Web site includes the custom software and source code needed to power these geeky creations
* Companion Web site includes the custom software and source code needed to power these geeky creations
How smart is your house?
So your home's more like "ho-hum"? Don't wait for the techno-dwelling of tomorrow; do a little geek remodeling today. Make your TV turn itself down when the phone rings. Let your computer water the lawn. Install a kitchen PC that will automatically pull that award-winning sushi recipe off the Internet. And when you've finished these projects, we'll bet you'll be ready to create a few of your own.
Try one, try all
Covers what you'll need, where to find it, and how to build the project
- X-10 under the hood
- Wireless RS-232 link
- Home television server
- Security monitoring
- TV mute on phone ring
- Anything inventory
- In-counter kitchen PC
- Automated BBQ temperature control
- Automated sprinkler control
- Car PC
About the Author
Barry and Marcia Press are hardcore geeks with a decidedly intelligent home. Barry has been designing leading-edge hardware, software, and networks for more than 25 years, including a computer able to analyze adverse drug reactions. Marcia is a former tax CPA and a gourmet cook who loves the efficiency of the kitchen PC. They are coauthors of PC Toys, also from Wiley.
Table of Contents
Part I: In the Basement.
Chapter 1: X-10 Under the Hood.
Chapter 2:Wireless RS-232 Link.
Part II: In the Den or Family Room.
Chapter 3: Home Television Server.
Chapter 4: Security Monitoring.
Chapter 5: Television Mute on Phone Ring.
Part III: In the Kitchen and Dining.
Chapter 6: Anything Inventory.
Chapter 7: Kitchen PC.
Chapter 8: Automated BBQ Temperature Control.
Part IV: In the Garage and Out the Door.
Chapter 9: Automated Sprinkler Control.
Chapter 10: Car PC.
Chapter 11: Hacking on Your Own.
Appendix A:Working with Your PC: Software.
Appendix B:Working with Your PC: Hardware.
Appendix C:What’s on the Web Site.