Home Automation
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Infinity Mirror

The infinity mirror is made up of two mirrors. One of which is a two-way mirror allowing the light to reflect back through to give the desired effect.

Build Materials:
- Frame: $5 at goodwill.
- Glass: $5 at goodwill.
- Individually Addressable Ws2812b LED Strip: Amazon - $20
- ESP8266 NodeMCU Board: $8 Amazon.
Functionality
- The infinity mirror connects to my local area network and uses code to pose as a wemo device. I have it connected to my Amazon Alexa device and can control the color with simple voice commands.
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Arduino Uno

One of the most versatile tools in my collection, the Arudino Uno. Great for doing any hobby electrical project out there.

Build Materials:
- $11 on Amazon
Functionality
- The Arduino Uno is a very versatile piece of hardware. You can use one to program almost anything. This is my go-to when it comes to electrical projects. I typically use them for projects involving LEDs, but the possibilities really are endless.
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ESP 8266 NodeMCU Board

I use these boards frequently to configure lighting around my room. I typically use WS2812b LED light strips and wire them to a ESP8266 NodeMCU board to allow me to adjust their brightness can colors wirelessly. I have also had success connecting them to my Amazon Alexa and configuring them that way too.

Build Materials:
- ESP8266 NodeMCU board: $8 on Amazon.
- WS2812b LED Lights: $20 on Amazon.
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Amazon Alexa - Echo Dot

My Amazon Alexa Echo Dot is the brains behind the whole home-automation operation. It has multiple built-in speakers that give it phenomenal voice-recognition capabilities. I use it as the main hub for all my home automation and you can find countless tutorials on how to write custom software for the device online.

Build Materials:
- Amazon Alexa: $49 on Amazon.
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Smart Plugs

These smart plugs are Amazon Alexa compatible. They are very inexpensive and allow anyone to control anything plugged in with a simple voice command. These devices are so easy to use, it highly recommend them to anyone starting off with basic home automation.

Build Materials:
- Sonoff Smart Plug: $15 on Amazon.