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| March 1, 2016

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This timelapse shows 6 weeks worth of construction on the Internet of Things model house project.The model house was cut by laser and then modified with power tools to facilitate four lights and two servos. A prototype circuit board was soldered to provide resistance to the LEDs, supply external power to the servos, and provide a common ground.The project was prototyped with an Arduino Uno (Rev 3) with a Seed Studio Ethernet Shield (v2). It has since been updated to an Arduino Yún which includes onboard WiFi.The Arduino is powered by a USB battery pack and gets internet from a WiFi hotspot. The servos are powered by four AA batteries, making it possible for the entire project to operate completely wireless.

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