This will be the first of a series of two articles about peripheral automation (writing about home automation would take considerably more time). The aim here will be to explain how would be possible to control objects that could be automated through power line, anything that can be connected directly in the wall, that cutting the power and turning it on again would be enough to stop and start working again (for example a lampshade, a lamp, a fan, etc). There is still the possibility to automate infrared, a.k.a. remote control, controlled devices (tv, cable boxes, air conditioner, stereo systems, etc). All controlled by cellphone, from anywhere there is internet access.
There are several ways to connect a remote control in a PC. I will not debate if it is right or wrong still using an infra red controller to control devices. The main objective of this post is to show that it is possible to install a remote control able to turn the PC ON (since an ATX or compatible power source is available).
Continuing from the previous post the idea is to improve the box’s visual to make it looks more like what was supposed to be its main functionality. In order to make that happens let’s add in the box’s cover a decal as cool as the standard arcade’s. Let’s also improve the long term quality adding an acrylic cover as a final touch in order to make it looks even better and protect the decal.
Now we are about to reboot an old MSX Hotbit v1.1 (also known as white Hoitbit). Here is an image of the actual computer (what once was white now is kind of yellow), but lets face one problem at a time.