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.
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.
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.
“X10 is a protocol for communication among electronic devices used for home automation (domotics). It primarily uses power line wiring for signaling and control, where the signals involve brief radio frequency bursts representing digital information.
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. In this project, we are going to see how to wirelessly control a relay from your computer or your smartphone, to realize a wireless-controlled light switch for example. This project is the second part of a series showing you how to use Arduino & the CC3000 WiFi chip for home automation purposes.
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.
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)
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.
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,...
Vincent Demay's insight:
Really interesting article to start with Home Automation
Hello Max - One solution that’s being discussed in there more and more is ‘MAX!’ from German manufacturer ‘eQ-3′. A system of inexpensive components including wireless battery operated TRV’s that easily retro-fit to your existing radiators without the need for a plumber, or to drain your system. Once MAX! is installed, it will control each radiators motorised valve individually, creating a zoned heating system with higher efficiency and in turn reduced bills.