Home Automation
Follow
Find
52.5K views | +7 today
Scooped by Vincent Demay
onto Home Automation
Scoop.it!

Freedomotic - Open Source Home Automation Software

Freedomotic - Open Source Home Automation Software | Home Automation | Scoop.it

Last year we ran a piece on 'Freedom' - new open source building and home automation software distributed under GPL2 license, written in Java (so it runs on Linux, Mac, Windows etc).

more...
No comment yet.
Home Automation
Some stuff around home automation
Curated by Vincent Demay
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Vincent Demay from Arduino, Netduino, Rasperry Pi!
Scoop.it!

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
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Demay
Scoop.it!

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."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Demay
Scoop.it!

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).

Vincent Demay's insight:

An interesting with lot of devices.

Maybe a little bit expensive?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Demay
Scoop.it!

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.


    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    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.


    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    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.
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    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.

    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    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.

    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    LED Stair Lighting Hack with Raspberry Pi

    LED Stair Lighting Hack with Raspberry Pi | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    Vincent Demay's insight:

    This interesting project shows how to light stair with Arduino and Raspberry while someone is climbing.


    Robert Hekkers did a amazing work described via several steps on his blog: 


    Step 1: The dimmer plug

    "OK, but how do I control 12 LED strips independently? And not just on/off, but also in brightness. I didn’t like the idea of using 4 RGB LED controllers, so I started searching for a >12 channel LED controller. After some days I finally got the inspiration I needed – a JeeLabs Dimmer Plug! The Dimmer Plug uses a PCA9635 IC to drive and dim up to 16 LEDs independently.. that should do it! The Dimmer Plug uses I2C to communicate with the outside world, so that shouldn’t be a problem either."


    Step 2: Raspberry Pi and i2c

    "The things I want to do with the LED strips involves sending certain ‘patterns’ to the LED driver at specific intervals. Will the Raspberry be able to do this in a reliable way? I don’t know yet, cause right now the Raspberry which I’m using to test this LED driver, has (almost) nothing else to do than run a single Node app that uses this LED driver. But what if more drivers are running, all consuming CPU cycles, or what if the OS feels it’s time to do something else for a change, just when the LED strips need to be adjusted in brightness? We’ll see.. maybe not now, but too much delay or other irregularities should be visible right away, so I decided to just wait and see how this turns out in practice."


    Step 3: Kit Velleman mk120 to detect people on stair

    "after my NAS was fixed, I could continue working on some components I need for our staircase renovation. One of those components is the Velleman MK120 Infrared Light Barrier.


    But I needed some proof of how well (or not) these light barriers would work, so I did some tests with the soldered kit on my desk. Well, with about 70 cm. between the transmitter and receiver, even moving a forefinger (or cat paws..) through the beam triggered the buzzer. I also did some test to let the IR beams bounce on nearby objects and that did have an effect on detecting objects, but I hope I can minimize that effect."


    Step 4: Progress and changes

    "A small update. As you can see the stairs are almost done. The banisters still need to be painted and some minor ‘errors‘ need to be resolved, but the major part of the things I’m not good at are done!"


    Step 5: The end is in sight

    "The sketch for the Arduino Ethernet is also progressing nicely – MQTT is operational, i2c is working fine too  and I haven’t seen any glitches which I did see when the Raspberry Pi was controlling the LED driver. So all that’s left to do is connecting the light barriers as inputs to the Arduino so that the sketch knows when someone’s walking up or down the stairs."


    Step6: Finished

    "This post should have been made 6 weeks ago or so, but I just couldn’t find the time with all the other things I wanted (and some which I just had) to do. But this week  I realized that delaying this post any longer would probably mean it would never be made, so I sat down, read my last post about this project to see where I had ended."



    Full story here: http://blog.hekkers.net/tag/staircase/


    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Communicating from low power Arduino to Raspberry Pi via NRF24L01

    Communicating from low power Arduino to Raspberry Pi via NRF24L01 | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    In this post I will describe how I send data and receive instruction from an Arduino to A Raspberry PI. As this way to communicate is a for home monitoring, I will take care of Arduino Sketch consumption.

    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Controlling lights and sensors with Arduino Yún, Node js server and firmata

    Controlling lights and sensors with Arduino Yún, Node js server and firmata | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    Arduino user DavidMJBos sent us a project using Node js server on the Arduino Yún to control the lights, heating and some other sensors in the office of Appsaloon, the company where he’s doing an internship.They already use Node.js for a lot of things and some of them are pretty cool with it.That’s how they did it:
    more...
    Philippe Gassmann's comment, June 10, 6:00 PM
    Why not just use a Raspberry Pi?
    Vincent Demay's comment, June 11, 2:06 PM
    Maybe arduino is a little bit easier to program
    Rescooped by Vincent Demay from Arduino, Netduino, Rasperry Pi!
    Scoop.it!

    What is 123D Circuits?

    What is 123D Circuits? | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    With 123D Circuits you can design in a familiar breadboard view and the app will guide you to make professional printed circuit boards with built in layout tools


    Via Gregory Crawford
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    How to decode X10 RF protocol

    How to decode X10 RF protocol | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    In this article I will describe the method I used to decode the X10 RF protocol with a Raspberry Pi. 

    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Best ways to power a Arduino according to your need

    Best ways to power a Arduino according to your need | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    In this post I will describe what is the best way to power a Arduino according to your needs. Of course according to your needs, the way you power your Arduino system, is very important. If you want to make a system connected to a wall plug it is much easier than running an autonomous system on battery

    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    The Droplet Sprinkler – Waste not, want not

    The Droplet Sprinkler – Waste not, want not | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    In a time where we need to manage our money very carefully as to not end up at the poverty line, it pays to be efficient.
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Cloud-Connected Weather Station with the Arduino Yun & Temboo

    Cloud-Connected Weather Station with the Arduino Yun & Temboo | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    In this article, you are going to build a weather measurement station that will automatically send data to the cloud using the Temboo service

    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    How to pick a wireless solution for your home automation project ? - Open Home Automation

    How to pick a wireless solution for your home automation project ? - Open Home Automation | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    More and more open-source projects in home automation these days are “connected” in some way. For example, you want to build a single wireless motion sensor based on Arduino. Or you want to build a full home automation system with many modules communicating together and with a central node. Or you just want a small …
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    The Parce Intelligent Energy Saving Program will do all the hard work for you

    The Parce Intelligent Energy Saving Program will do all the hard work for you | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    There are so many appliances, gadgets, and gizmos in our home that it’s hard to monitor how much energy we use

    more...
    Techstore's curator insight, May 20, 10:24 AM

    The Parce Intelligent Energy Saving Program will do all the hard work for you. #hometech #energysaving 

    Green technology's curator insight, May 20, 10:37 AM

    The Parce Intelligent Energy Saving Program will do all the hard work for you. #energysaving

    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Running Atmega328 in a standalone mode without Arduino Shield

    Running Atmega328 in a standalone mode without Arduino Shield | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    In this post I will describe how to use a Atmega328P chip without Arduino board.
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Fibaro Launch New Home Center Lite Home Automation Controller

    Fibaro Launch New Home Center Lite Home Automation Controller | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    Building on the success of their award winning Home Center 2, Polish smart home specialist Fibaro have today announced a brand new home automation controller, the Home Center Lite.

    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    433Mhtz RF communication between Arduino and Raspberry Pi: Arduino as receiver

    433Mhtz RF communication between Arduino and Raspberry Pi: Arduino as receiver | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    In a previous post I explained how to communicate between Arduino and Raspberry Pi via 433Mhtz devices. In this previous post, Arduino is used as emitter and Raspberry is used as receiver.
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Sigfox. Playing with starter kit

    Sigfox. Playing with starter kit | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    In this post I’m going to talk about “Internet of thing” using a new wireless network: Sigfox.
    “SIGFOX is the first cellular network operator to provide a low cost data transmission service.
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Wireless Camera with Arduino and the CC3000 WiFi chip

    Wireless Camera with Arduino and the CC3000 WiFi chip | Home Automation | Scoop.it
    One nice thing to have in any home automation or alarm system is a camera to see what’s going on remotely. Of course, such solutions already exists, and you even have WiFi cameras that you can buy for under $50.
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Wireless Relay Control with Arduino & the CC3000 WiFi chip

    Wireless Relay Control with Arduino & the CC3000 WiFi chip | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    Controlling relays is a central piece in any home automation system. With them, you can easily switch on and off any electrical device in your home, like lights. This project is the second part of a series showing you how to use Arduino & the CC3000 WiFi chip for home automation purposes. The first part was dedicated to how to read data wirelessly from a temperature & humidity sensor.

    more...
    No comment yet.
    Scooped by Vincent Demay
    Scoop.it!

    Video Grabber for Raspberry Pi

    Video Grabber for Raspberry Pi | Home Automation | Scoop.it

    In order to create ambilight effect for any video signal, the key thing is to buy the right video grabber. When you see that someone installed “easycap” grabber you may suspect that when you buy one you will have the setup that is ready to use. This is very wrong assumption… :) unless you are lucky – and this is why…


    Installation and testing of the grabber consists of several steps:

    • You need to have specific version of Raspbian in order to install and use video grabbers. For utv007 the one from 2013-07-26 worked the best. For stk1160 the one from September’13. Download it and dump to sd card.
    • Configure raspbian by extending the partitions (through raspi-config)
    • Install the driver
    • Install mplayer
    more...
    No comment yet.
    Visit Homautomation Blog
    Homautomation

    How do I automate my home

    Looking for
    a good Electronics shop

    snootlab