Using a ‘Teensy’ microcontroller/USB HID you can easily create physical push buttons for your project that, when pressed, will appear as key strokes in your application. This is a really flexible approach to adding physical buttons to an array of different web, desktop or even mobile applications. This post will show you how to do it.
Using off-the-shelf parts with a Raspberry Pi, you can make a remote controlled power switch to turn appliances on/off. I’ve used this approach to create Twitter controlled snowblowers, remote controlled car headlights, a Twitter activated Christmas trees … the possibilities are endless. This post will show you how to set up a power switch that will activate when a certain hashtag is posted to Twitter.