My Interactive Christmas Grotto - A rather niche and oddball project.

28 Jul 2012
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United Kingdom
Just thought I would share my rather niche and oddball project making use of a large area in my home coupled with my home automation components along with my knowledge of web development.

What I effectively have done is allowed people all over the world to to control my very own Christmas decorations in real time what can then be seen back from a live webcam.

Essentially I have decorated a area in my home all up with Christmas lights/decorations and turned it into a fully Interactive Christmas Grotto for the public.

Now I classify it as niche for the reason that there only a few sites out there (including mine) what let's one control real things/items; simulations and non real life stuff don't count In my opinion.

For those who are interested in how it all works in detail; you can learn more here: or you can visit the main website at:

Below are a few pics of my project.

The display:

The X10 Stuff - Grotto Side:

The X10 Stuff - Server Side:

My local server cabinet:

The webcam (Foscam FI9826P):

Any questions, technical or not, feel free to ask.

Regards: Elliott
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