How to execute windows program when door opens


Old 11-22-04, 01:22 PM
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How to execute windows program when door opens

How to execute windows program when door opens

Hi, I need to activate a flash presentation on a computer with windows XP, when a door opens, so when some one enters a room the presentation starts playing, what do I need and how can I do this?

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Old 11-22-04, 03:30 PM
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If you don't already know, you are way out of the realm of do-it-yourself. This is most likely highly technical unless you can get a motion sensored circuit that is sold retail. to build it yourself, you should already know
Old 11-22-04, 03:53 PM
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I imagine you could use something as simple as an X-10 motion detector or contact relay. It shouldn't be too difficult - there are many interfaces out there.

Try searching also.

Good luck!
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The hard part isn't the hardware, it is the interfacing. There are programs out there to start and stop programs but it definitly isn't plug and play.
Old 11-23-04, 12:07 PM
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Actually, this is quite simple. The question is, how much money do you want to spend? There are a myriad of home automation programs that work with X10. Using an X10 motion sensor or door switch interfaced to an X10 powerflash module (as SafeWatch suggested) you could output an X10 signal that could be picked up by a CM11A PC interface. From there you simply need to find a home automation program that can execute another program when it sees the X10 signal. The following link lists many programs that can be used with home automation equipment. X10 Home Monitor, for example, would work

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Or, think of an old time mechanical setup. Try using an infra red mouse wired to the door, jump the button to a door magnetic alarm connection which will close the circuit on the mouse button.
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