Engineering Roundtable – Digitizing Your Electronic Blanket

In today’s episode of “Engineering Roundtable,” SparkFun product guru Joel Bartlett attempts to burn down his house connect his electric blanket to the internet. You see, the reason is simple – after Joel spends an evening at Boulder’s hackerspace Solid State Depot, he likes to come home to nice warm bed. So he decided to create a way to turn on his electric blanket remotely.

Joel did this by hacking the controller of his electric blanket and connecting it to the internet using a WiFly module and an Arduino. Through a slick web interface, Joel can now turn on his blanket to any setting while on the go and come home to a warm bed. He also retained the original functionality of the blanket, and can still manually adjust the settings as well. Check it out!

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