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Insteon Launch Networked Remote Control Dimmable LED Light Bulb

Insteon Launch Networked Remote Control Dimmable LED Light Bulb | Home Automation | Scoop.it
US Smart Home company Insteon have revealed a new 8 watt remote control dimmable LED light bulb.
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LED Stair Lighting Hack with Raspberry Pi

LED Stair Lighting Hack with Raspberry Pi | Home Automation | Scoop.it
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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/


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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:
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Philippe Gassmann's comment, June 10, 3:00 PM
Why not just use a Raspberry Pi?
Vincent Demay's comment, June 11, 11:06 AM
Maybe arduino is a little bit easier to program
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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. 

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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.
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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 …
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Monitor temperature with 1 wire devices

Monitor temperature with 1 wire devices | Home Automation | Scoop.it

1-Wire is a device communications bus system designed by Dallas Semiconductor Corp. that provides low-speed data, signaling, and power over a single signal. 1-Wire is similar in concept to I²C, but with lower data rates and longer range.

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Build your Own Home Automation System: Choosing the Right Technologies

Build your Own Home Automation System: Choosing the Right Technologies | Home Automation | Scoop.it

On this website, you’ll find a lot of articles to get you started with DIY home automation: you can easily learn how to build a simple wireless motion detector with Arduino, control a relay from anywhere with the Raspberry Pi,...

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Really interesting article to start with Home Automation

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Lightberry – your RPi ambilight-like system

Lightberry – your RPi ambilight-like system | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Hi All,As you might have noticed we’ve been not “very active” in adding new tutorials to the site. It is not because we were lazy… actually it is the opposite.
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Using the Fibaro Wall Plug

Short video showing how the Fibaro Wall Plug displays power consumption and reports actual values in the VERA Z-Wave Controller.

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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.

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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
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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Arduino temperature sensor comparison

Arduino temperature sensor comparison | Home Automation | Scoop.it

In this post, I will compare several Arduino compatible sensors.

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Introducing Wit Speech API: Json API for Voice commands

Introducing Wit Speech API: Json API for Voice commands | Home Automation | Scoop.it

Voice commands are the future. Science-fiction has had them for decades and yet, we still have to reach for the remote to turn on the TV or set an alarm. Our mission is to change this. Adding a voice interface to an app or device should be simple.

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Savant Ships Wi-Fi Remote Control

Savant Ships Wi-Fi Remote Control | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Savant has announced it’s shipping its Wi-Fi-based Universal Remote.  The unit features a new user interface and a 1.7-inch colour display.
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SMS Text Message Controlled Heating Programmer and Thermostat

SMS Text Message Controlled Heating Programmer and Thermostat | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Here’s another interesting smart home heating controller that just hit our inbox.  The £180 PT32-GST from Audon Electronics is a room programmer and thermostat and allows you to control your home heating system with SMS Text messages.
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