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    well if your sitting still in a room, your face...

    well if your sitting still in a room, your face doesnt just dissapear. Therefore if a face is within the field of view the room is 'occupied', used in conjunction with a pir could make quite a good...
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    I have been toying with the idea of face...

    I have been toying with the idea of face detection (not recognition) as built into the new cameras (for focus assistance)

    It is much easier to detect a face than to recognise it. My current...
  3. Thread: Sharing PIR

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    ah well, thats why i said if cortex was suitable,...

    ah well, thats why i said if cortex was suitable, i should really read up more on whats out there. Thanks for letting me know - i'll try and remove the picture so no-one tries it.
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    One beam breaker cant, but 2 side by side can!

    One beam breaker cant, but 2 side by side can!
  5. Thread: DMX Lighting

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    DMX Doesn't require a PC for operation, im just...

    DMX Doesn't require a PC for operation, im just using one just now because it it is convienent whilst I add features. There is no reason why it could not be programmed into a microprocessor (the...
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    I have one of Joseph's boxes (an RS232 version) -...

    I have one of Joseph's boxes (an RS232 version) - dont like usb and avoid it whenever possible, lets be honest what 'seems' more reliable a connector that pulls out if you breath anywhere near it...
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    No pics yet, but will try to get some. As you...

    No pics yet, but will try to get some. As you can see from the photos i took of the MID, my camera phone is crap.

    The beam sensors I am using to test (for now, as they are really expensive...
  8. Thread: Heat recovery

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    Is this not precisely the reason that ceiling...

    Is this not precisely the reason that ceiling fans have a reverse switch? So that in winter the warm air at ceiling level is pushed back into the room. Or have i missed the point and you don't...
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    Thats exactly what I do in my bungalow - I have...

    Thats exactly what I do in my bungalow - I have to agree with your friend. And even if we are wrong - i still prefer to come home to a nice warm house - even if it does cost a few quid more.
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    Just a small code snippet (vb6) if anyone wants...

    Just a small code snippet (vb6) if anyone wants it - its for a small app that reads command line parameters and send them to the dmx server. it takes parameters in the form

    dmxauto.exe m=0 c=0...
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    Hi Martynah, I will try my best to answer your...

    Hi Martynah,

    I will try my best to answer your questions. They may be brief, but I will expand on them as time permits.

    Time: All the work I have done so far has been done in approx 4 full...
  12. Thread: DMX Lighting

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    Hi nickgale, my comments were not inteded as a...

    Hi nickgale, my comments were not inteded as a personal attack, just a very different point of view. But based upon my (very) limited experience of DMX in a home - I just dont see what the problem...
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    Waaaay back when I was doing networks (about 13...

    Waaaay back when I was doing networks (about 13 years ago) I bought a ratchet action crimper that does RJ45 and RJ11 Plugs. It wasn't expensive at 36. I have probably terminated in excess of 20km...
  14. Thread: DMX Lighting

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    Hi mark, that is something that I dont think that...

    Hi mark, that is something that I dont think that I will be able to do, as I dont have, and have never used any other home automation systems :( - im doing all this on a very tight budget, and fell...
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    I personally dont like x-10, But all my preffered...

    I personally dont like x-10, But all my preffered methods of automation involve a fair amount of re-wiring (unless you still building your house)

    Im my house, I attempted to predict what...
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    Yeah, lol - the search doesn't like 3 letter...

    Yeah, lol - the search doesn't like 3 letter words does it?

    Im guess this is the post you are reffering to:

    http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=8746

    Just read it, and I...
  17. Thread: DMX Lighting

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    DMX Lighting

    Hi

    I have been asked to do an article on my DMX lighting system, and was looking for some suggestions as to what to include.

    My current thoughts are to include a breif overview of what DMX is,...
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    Well the short version is: All the lighting...

    Well the short version is:

    All the lighting circuits run to a central location in my house, they are connected to DMX dimming packs (65 each for 12 channels/lights) x 4 in my case

    The DMX...
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    the first pics of the maplin MID lightswitch ...

    the first pics of the maplin MID lightswitch

    note: my sliders are too small just now - makes it hard - they are only half the width of my finger and need high accuracy to drag - will make them...
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    Yeah, no problem - give me a day or two (i have...

    Yeah, no problem - give me a day or two (i have no lights at all just now, halfway through running wires and still have some live ends to deal with)

    If anyone has bought a maplin mid, an decided...
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    Woohoo, cracked it :) I now have my maplin mid...

    Woohoo, cracked it :)

    I now have my maplin mid running my lights:) more automation to follow.

    The start of a very cool looking ui, and always online and permantly powered (cat5 to the usb port...
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    My 3way valve is knackered, if we have a powercut...

    My 3way valve is knackered, if we have a powercut the valve resets to 'water', the water heats, then the full system clicks off - it doesnt click over to 'heating' so I have to visit the attic and...
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    Interesting thread that, and some interesting...

    Interesting thread that, and some interesting info on cat 6 (glad im not doing that)

    I work where we manufacture conservatory roofs, and have been given all the gutter offcuts to make a cable...
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    Minimum spacing between cat5 and main

    Hi, can anyone tell me the recommended minimum distance between my cat 5 installation and mains wiring when they have to run parallel, to keep interference at a minimum.

    Thanks

    Graham
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    I'd be interested in them if your willing to do...

    I'd be interested in them if your willing to do the pair of them for 55 + a couple of quid postage. It would be next friday before I can paypal you the cash, I just splashed out on another dimmer...
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