Internet-Enabled Doorbell

I wanted to play with electronics and home automation. This is what I came up with.

Doorbell DS

The following sequence of events is not just a dramatization. It happened yesterday.

  • The UPS delivery guy delivers a package and pushes my doorbell button.
  • The button rings my doorbell and switches a relay.
  • The relay drives a pin high on the GBA port on the Nintendo DS.
  • A homebrew app runs on the DS which reads from EEPROM every frame, effectively polling the relay state.
  • The DS connects to my wireless access point, sends an HTTP request to my server, and then goes offline again.
  • The HTTP request executes a CGI script which connects to a chat server I've been working on, sends a message, and then disconnects.
  • The chat server stores the message and sends it to any connected clients.
  • One of the clients, which was the result of an AJAX request, returns the new message to a web browser.
  • Cory, in his web browser, is notified that a package has arrived.


  • My front and rear doors are monitored separately, hence the two relays.
  • There are two pulldown resistors on the GBA port pins. I think they're unnecessary if I cause the DS to drive them low before I start reading.
  • The DS app is a trivial modification of the httpget demo.
  • This isn't in fact useful, but it was fun, easy, and made almost entirely with stuff I already had.
  • The DS is a neat alternative to a microcontroller, if you happen to have a spare or two lying around. It doesn't draw much power, as an ARM chip or two running with the screens off, and it has its own battery back-up.
  • Posted: 2009-08-11 23:23
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1. Dominic Dos Santos -- 2009-09-15 15:39

This is truly amazing.

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