GR Pick: Check Out This Zelda-Themed Home Automation


Now that Nintendo fans the world over are able to experience the latest entry in The Legend of Zelda franchise with Breath of the Wild on the Switch or Wii U, it's safe to say that there are plenty of gamers who are practically glued to their couches in order to attempt to finish the sprawling open world title. With this being the case, one incredibly skilled fan and YouTuber by the name of Allen Pan has created a full home automation system based off the Zelda series that is activated by the ocarina music from the Nintendo 64 classic, Ocarina of Time, allowing him to sit in one spot and run his home.

As seen in the video below from Pan's YouTube channel "Sufficiently Advanced," the engineering-minded Zelda fan has programmed a complete system which recognizes almost every tune from Ocarina of Time and translates the notes into commands that activate certain features in and around his home. For instance, in order to unlock the front door to his house, all Pan has to do is play the first few notes from "Zelda's Lullaby" loud enough for the microphone inside to recognize he's nearby and to switch open or close the deadbolt.

Should Pan be in his living room and think that the room is too dark, all he has to do is play "Sun's Song" from Ocarina of Time, which switches on his home automation's lighting system, activating two floor lamps nearby. If he starts to get chilly, rather than having to get up to turn on the heat, Pan just has to play the notes to "Bolero of Fire" and the air conditioner sets itself to a higher temperature.

The Ocarina of Time influences in Pan's home automation system don't end there, as he's able to activate his humidifier with "Song of Storms," water his plants with "Minuet of Forest," and check the clock with "Song of Time." What's more is that Pan can even call his own phone if he's misplaced it in his house by playing "Saria's Song," and lock and unlock his trusty steed (i.e. his blue sedan) by playing the first few notes to "Epona's Song," which is, of course, Ocarina of Time's theme for one of the greatest video game pets of all time.

As one might expect, the actual mechanics behind Allen Pan's home automation tricks are much more complicated than simply playing a few notes on an ocarina, for not only did he have to create an entire software program to run the system, but also he had to rig several pieces of hardware and intricate contraptions for some actions to work, such as the apparatus affixed to his front door's lock. All in all, though, Pan has certainly managed to make a fun and practical homage to Ocarina of Time with his automated home system that, if anything, outclasses the usefulness of the house bought from Bolson in Breath of the Wild.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is considered by many to be an enduring masterpiece, and should be revisited by fans as often as possible on the Nintendo 64.

Source: Sufficiently Advanced – YouTube

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