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Home Hacks: Arduino Mail Waiting Alert

Home Hacks: Arduino Mail Waiting Alert | Home Automation | Scoop.it

A Velleman IR kit plus a makeup mirror and some Arduino jiggery-pokery allows Martin's home to let him know when there's something in his mail box on the gatepost.My mailbox is on the gatepost, and the erratic timing of mail deliveries round these parts means sometimes several trips per day out in the pouring rain to check if there is mail. I built a detector from a Velleman kit to let me know when there was mail in the box, and this is how I did it.

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Creating your own bootloader ISP shield for Arduino

Creating your own bootloader ISP shield for Arduino | Home Automation | Scoop.it
In this blog, I’ve often talked about how to use a atmega in in standalone mode without any Arduino board:with a 16mhz resonatoror without any resonator using internal clockIn both cases, you need to load the bootloader to the Atmega chip.
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Running Atmega 328P without external quartz | Homautomation

Running Atmega 328P without external quartz | Homautomation | Home Automation | Scoop.it

Since a while, I’m trying as I can to reduce the power consumption of my Arduino based system. Remember, I wrote a post about optimizing Arduino consumption few months ago.

In this post I will explain how to use the Arduino internal quartz reducing significativelly the power consumption and making system last longer with 2 LR6 batteries.


Using the internal clock instead of a 16mhz resonator helps my system to last longer on batteries : from 17 days to 3 or 4 months 

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How to choose the right library to add ethernet (Enc28j60) to your Arduino

How to choose the right library to add ethernet (Enc28j60) to your Arduino | Home Automation | Scoop.it

These last days I spent some time playing with ethernet on my Arduino. The main goal is to make the Arduino accessible directly for the web via the Web. To do so I played with several shields or modules.

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First Impression on the ESP8266 Serial-to-WiFi Module « RAYSHOBBY.NET

First Impression on the ESP8266 Serial-to-WiFi Module « RAYSHOBBY.NET | Home Automation | Scoop.it

Continuing from my previous blog post about Hi-Link HLK-RM04 module, I have finally received the ESP8266 Serial-to-WiFi module that I’ve been waiting for. As I said previously, with the popularity of IoT devices, there is an increasing demand for low-cost and easy-to-use WiFi modules. ESP8266 is a new player in this field: it’s tiny (25mm x 15mm), with simple pin connections (standard 2×4 pin headers), and best of all, it’s extremely cheap, less than US$3 from Taobao.com!

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Tempescope is an ambient physical display that visualizes the weather, inside your living room.

Tempescope is a physical weather display that visualizes the weather by actually reconstructing the weather conditions inside a box.
Project website: http://tempescope.com

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Everything to build your own is available here: http://www.tempescope.com/

  • fritzing sketch
  • arduino code
  • how to build the box
  • etc...
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Mix WiFi, Bluetooth and XBee in Your Home Automation Projects with a Universal REST API for Arduino

Mix WiFi, Bluetooth and XBee in Your Home Automation Projects with a Universal REST API for Arduino | Home Automation | Scoop.it

Most of the home automation Arduino projects I’ve been working on lately use wireless communications (WiFi, Bluetooth, or XBee). Or at least these projects are interfaced with a computer via the Arduino serial interface. And one problem I had is that I felt I was reinventing the wheel at every new project, because I didn’t have a standardised way to make these projects communicate with an interface running on my computer.

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It is also interesting to add 433Mhz because lot of existing devices already use this kind of RF communication: http://www.homautomation.org/2014/03/02/433mhtz-rf-communication-between-arduino-and-raspberry-pi-arduino-as-receiver/

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Open source - My custom Fritzing Parts - Add some fritzing parts

Open source - My custom Fritzing Parts - Add some fritzing parts | Home Automation | Scoop.it

I’m using Fritzing (http://fritzing.org/home/) to create all my project.
Fritzing is the better product I’ve never used for electronic hobbyists. But sometimes some non commons components are missing.

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Internet of things – Measure environnement data with arduino and push it to the web via Raspberry Pi and NRF24L01

Internet of things – Measure environnement data with arduino and push it to the web via Raspberry Pi and NRF24L01 | Home Automation | Scoop.it

In this post I will complete the idea explained in one of my previous posts.

Here is the idea:

  • First Arduino sensors grab environment data via sensors
  • Then data is sent to a raspberry connected to the web via NRF24L01 – a custom protocol will be needed to achieve this part
  • Raspberry decode data and push it to the web (I use https://thingspeak.com as platform)
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Arduino Tutorial: Integrating Bluetooth LE and iOS - Ray Wenderlich

Arduino Tutorial: Integrating Bluetooth LE and iOS - Ray Wenderlich | Home Automation | Scoop.it

This tutorial will teach you how to create your own Bluetooth LE device using standard off-the-shelf components that you can control wirelessly with a simple iOS app. Since the focus of this project is building a BLE device, you’ll be using the iOS Core Bluetooth framework. If you’re unfamiliar with Core Bluetooth, check out our Introduction to Core Bluetooth: Building a Heart Rate Monitor tutorial.

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Using BLE in home-automation is a good way to manage connected objects inside your home.

Here is a nice tutorial on how to communicate between ios and BLE on Arduino.

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Reverse Engineer a Cheap Wireless Soil Moisture Sensor

Reverse Engineer a Cheap Wireless Soil Moisture Sensor | Home Automation | Scoop.it

From the 433Mhz raw waveform to the arduino or raspberry code to decode this chip sensor.


"A soil moisture sensor (or meter) measures the water content in soil. With it, you can easily tell when the soil needs more water or when it’s over-watered. The simplest soil sensor doesn’t even need battery. For example, this Rapitest Soil Meter, which I bought a few years ago, consists of simply a probe and a volt meter panel. The way it works is by using the Galvanic cell principle — essentially how a lemon battery or potato battery works. The probe is made of two electrodes of different metals. In the left picture below, the tip (dark silver color) is made of one type of metal (likely zinc), and the rest of the probe is made of another type of metal (likely copper, steel, or aluminum). When the probe is inserted into soil, it generates a small amount of voltage (typically a few hundred milli-volts to a couple of volts). The more water in the soil, the higher the generated voltage. This meter is pretty easy to use manually; but to automate the reading you need a microcontroller to read the value."

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HomeKit - Apple Developer

HomeKit - Apple Developer | Home Automation | Scoop.it

HomeKit is a new framework for communicating with and controlling connected devices in a user’s home. Apps can enable users to discover devices in their home and configure them, or you can create actions to control those devices. Users can group actions together and trigger them using Siri.


App Developers

If your app is primarily designed to provide home configuration or home automation services such as turning on a light or opening a garage door, learn more about the HomeKit APIs and get started with the iOS 8 SDK andXcode 6 beta.


Hardware Developers

If you are interested in creating a HomeKit accessory, apply to the MFi Program. To learn more about theMFi Program, read the FAQs.


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    Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home

    Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    ‘Thread’ is a new IP-based wireless networking protocol for the smart home. Nest and Samsung are Thread Group founding members along with Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM.
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    Weather LCD Shield

    Weather LCD Shield | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    We took our LCD Keypad Shield, and added our Weather Shield that we used with the web server project. Now we have temperature, humidity, pressure, and more displaying on the LCD. Just press the buttons to see the various readings.

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    Introducing RFToy 1.0

    Introducing RFToy 1.0 | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    Today I am introducing the first version of RFToy — an Arduino-compatible gadget for interfacing with Radio Frequency (RF) modules.
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    Nice gadget - could be very usefull

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    Arduino AtMega328p low power consumption

    Arduino AtMega328p low power consumption | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    For one of my projects, I want to have a really low power consumption device to be able to use a battery for many month. For this I implemented a low power solution as described here. 

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    Playing with finger print scanner (FPS) on arduino

    Playing with finger print scanner (FPS) on arduino | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    In this post I will describe experiments I did with a finger print scanner. Finger print scanner can be used in a lot of applications:

    • access control
    • user recognition
    • security
    • etc…
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    Measure Light with arduino and BH1750 module

    Measure Light with arduino and BH1750 module | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    In this post I will expose how to measure luminosity with arduino and a BH1750 module

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    Protect Your Outdoor Arduino Sensors

    Protect Your Outdoor Arduino Sensors | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    Outdoor Arduino projects, especially temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure, need access to outdoor environmental conditions, but protection from sunlight and rain.
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    Monitor Your Home With the Raspberry Pi B+

    Monitor Your Home With the Raspberry Pi B+ | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    There are lots of devices on the market that allow you to monitor your home from a central interface. In this article, we are going to make our own DIY version of such devices.
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    Raspberry Pi Addon Pi-mote Controls Smart Home Sockets with Python

    Raspberry Pi Addon Pi-mote Controls Smart Home Sockets with Python | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    Our best-selling remote control sockets are now available with a controller board for Pi. Whether you are a Pi newcomer, hacker, or Python sage you will be able to control your electrical sockets within a range of up to 30 metres, through doors, walls and ceilings.


    The RF transmitter add-on board can be used with the R-PI to control up to 4 simple Energenie radio controlled sockets independently using a small software program. We have written a simple program in Python to allow us to switch the sockets on and off with a single keyboard press. The add-on board connects to the row of pins called the GPIO which can be controlled as either input or output lines under your software control.

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    Arduino Blog » Blog Archive » Fritzing is out with a new release including Arduino Yún microcontroller!

    Arduino Blog » Blog Archive » Fritzing is out with a new release including Arduino Yún microcontroller! | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. You can easily learn how to build a circuit for you project and also design your own PCB.


    Via jean lievens, Gregory Crawford
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    The littleBits cloudBit

    LittleBits is the easiest and most extensive way to learn and prototype with electronics. We are making hardware limitless with our award-winning, ever-growing library of electronic modules, ranging from the very simple (power, sensors, LED) to the very complex (wireless, programmable).

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    An interesting with lot of devices.

    Maybe a little bit expensive?

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    JIBO: The World's First Family Robot - YouTube

    JIBO: The World's First Family Robot - YouTube | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family. Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and applications will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined..


    Meet JIBO, The World’s First Family Robot

    Friendly, helpful and intelligent. JIBO is the real deal, from social robots pioneer Cynthia Breazeal. JIBO can’t wait to meet you.


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    Build a Wireless CO2 Sensor with Arduino

    Build a Wireless CO2 Sensor with Arduino | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitoring is growing trend in the home automation space. And one way to measure air quality is to measure the carbon dioxide (CO2) that is present in your home.

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