You have a choice here: Go low tech or knock their
slippers off. Figure 2 shows both of this project’s choices.
In the low tech route, you need to place the sound
trigger module at a listening post somewhere near the
Christmas tree. Then, stretch wire modules into your
bedroom and plant the bargraph near your sleepy eyes.
Now when “intruders” rustle near the tree, you will be
flashed in the face with a five LED alarm.
A much better plan is to use the cloud as your ally.
Just substitute the cloud module for the bargraph and
wire modules. Once you’ve set up your cloud module
(see littlebits.cc/cloudstart), it’s time to head over to If
This, Then That (see ifttt.com), create a free account, and
make a recipe that enables the sound trigger module to
send “tweets” to whomever the snoopy culprits are in
your household. Oh, and make sure that your Tweets are
signed by #SC.
Do you make this mistake every holiday season:
After adding all of the lights, decorations, and tinsel to
the tree, you realize that the crazy light plug is behind
the tree and woefully inaccessible? If so, this “little bit” of
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■ FIGURE 3. Santa’s got your back this year.
■ FIGURE 4. Control your tree’s lights with this
Smart Home Kit module.
■ FIGURE 5. Music at your fingertips from the
comfort of your smartphone.
■ FIGURE 6. Connect the cloud module to the Cloud
■ FIGURE 7. Play music with a button press inside
the Cloud Control app.