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Hack the House! home controller

Control home automation equipment with this sick '90s beeper.

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Notice how you always unplugging your phone from something to control your home? Just the other day I had to walk back downstairs and get my phone off the charger to turn off lights. With this convenient controller with an intuitive neo-retro interface you can run your entire house without needing your phone.

The precise model of pager is the Motorola Advisor, which has the dimensions of 81mm by 55mm by 18.5mm thick.

This guy researched building a replica: https://famicoman.com/2018/11/06/building-a-replica-hackers-pager/

It essentially consists of a yes button, a no button, and a four-directional toggle that lets users sift through a lot of separate pieces of information. Perfect for our use! 

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    John Baichtal04/11/2019 at 12:26 0 comments

    I'm ogling the tri-color eink display https://www.adafruit.com/product/4128 that goes along with Adafruit's Feather controller. That sounds like a promising lead toward developing this project. From the Adafruit site: 

    Product Dimensions: 61.3mm x 40.4mm x 6.7mm / 2.4" x 1.6" x 0.3"

    So clearly the proportions are off. I'm too lazy to look up or measure the real pager's proportions but it looks wrong. But I'm OK with that. I'm assuming I would be 3D printing the casing at some point, rather than repurposing an original, so ultimately it doesn't matter what the front looks like. (Other than wanting it to look like Cereal Killer's yellow Advisor.

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John Baichtal wrote 04/05/2019 at 15:50 point

Maybe convert to use Pi Zero with ePaper hat? https://www.adafruit.com/product/3335

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Dan Maloney wrote 04/05/2019 at 15:26 point

I had one of those pagers, they were great. Thought I still had it around in a junk box somewhere - would be fun to tear it down and see what it can be used for. Found a good teardown and reprogramming guide: https://goughlui.com/2016/01/15/tech-flashback-motorola-advisor-pocsag-5121200bps-pager/

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John Baichtal wrote 04/05/2019 at 15:35 point

There has got to be a ton of info on them out there...

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