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i want to hook up my computer to things around the house. i just wanna start out simple, but i don't know enough about i/o in c++. an example of what i want to do is have my computer hooked up to a little motor that will open or close my blinds in my bedroom using a little program i design with c++. with the program i could have my blinds rolled up at a certain time in the morning and rolled down at night. maybe later hooking up other things like power to things like tv or speakers or something. does anybody know how i could hook up a simple motor to my computer? where would i hook it up? i can't even search for this because i don't even know what it would be called. any help would be so much appreciated just cause i think that this is a really cool idea if i could somehow manage to do it

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  • MT2002MT2002 Posts: 1,444Member
    : i want to hook up my computer to things around the house. i just
    : wanna start out simple, but i don't know enough about i/o in c++. an
    : example of what i want to do is have my computer hooked up to a
    : little motor that will open or close my blinds in my bedroom using a
    : little program i design with c++. with the program i could have my
    : blinds rolled up at a certain time in the morning and rolled down at
    : night. maybe later hooking up other things like power to things like
    : tv or speakers or something. does anybody know how i could hook up a
    : simple motor to my computer? where would i hook it up? i can't even
    : search for this because i don't even know what it would be called.
    : any help would be so much appreciated just cause i think that this
    : is a really cool idea if i could somehow manage to do it
    :

    Hello,

    I apologize for the late reply. I don't visit this section very often :-)

    As long as the device has a way of physically connecting with the computer
    (Through a hardware port), and has a compatible microcontroller, it is
    possible to control it through software.

    Keep in mind, however, that you may need to use assembly language to
    program certain microcontrollers directly--and to interface it with
    your C++ code. This is very dependent on the microcontroller that
    is controlling the hardware device.

    Also, out of interest, why did you post this in a game programming
    forum? Programming game consoles are different in that they do have
    an interface to PC's (Useually through USB), where specialized compilier
    IDE's can copy data through that USB.

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