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4. Bedroom > 53. Outdo Big Ben

Outdo Big Ben

The classic Westminster chimes ring forth from your home automation system.

All of us crave it, but only a select few of us obtain it. I’m referring to acceptance of our home automation hobby by our spouses, of course—the elusive SAF [Hack #14] . We can wax quite eloquently of the benefits of computer-controlled lighting [Hack #16] , talking CID [Hack #27] , driveway vehicle detectors [Hack #54] , and automated sprinklers [Hack #65] . But seldom do we get more than a glazed look in return. Well, here’s a simple hack that will add a touch of class to your home, and might get a smile from your better half.

All you need is a computer in a room where it can be heard easily (or, ideally, a whole-house audio system) and some quality chime recordings. In fact, the hardest part is finding a quality recording of the chimes—you’ll need each hour’s chime in a separate sound file. A search at the HomeSeer message board (http://ubb.HomeSeer.com/) will turn up many to choose from, or visit the Smart Home Hacks web site (http://hacks.oreilly.com/smarthomehks) for pointers to appropriate files.


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