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.
heimcontrol.js was created to gain experience in Node.js, MongoDB, Websockets and a lot of other great technologies that were used in the project. Take a look in the package.json for a full list of used open source projects. The project is in active development and a very early prototype, so use it at your own risk!
This project was inspired when some pipes froze in the crawlspace over the winter when we were not around. The idea is to pick up some 1-wire temperature sensors and drive them with a raspberry pi (RPi), log the readings, make a webpage tracking them, and maybe trigger an incandescent light in the crawlspace if the moving average of the temperature gets below a threshold to heat it up a little bit, safely.
"I had heard about GPIO pins on the raspberry pi and decided to do something with it. And with the holidays coming, wouldn't it be great to be able to turn on and off your light display from the web! This is a pretty simple project that creates a web app for controlling lights. It uses the Raspberry Pi for the internet connection and a wireless remote control to turn on and off the lights. The tricky thing is to connect the Raspberry Pi GPIOs to emulate pressing the buttons on the remote control."
If you have a friend that has an alarm system in his or her home, I am sure you’ve all seen these white motion sensors that are usually fixed above doors to detect anybody that would walk through the house when the alarm is on.
Home automation hacker Charlie Cole has employed a Raspberry Pi to create a voice interface to his LightwaveRF devices. A virtual butler is born and ‘Jeeves’ controls lights, sockets and IR devices using only his masters voice.
"The only regret I have in my full house remodel was believing a Smart House was going to make my life better."
I AM one to embrace technology. I have current computer equipment, a wireless printer, an iPhone with a gazillion apps, an iPad, surround sound theater, a jacked Cannon digital camera, bluetooth, and a Smart House by Control 4.
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.
We’ve talked about the relative merits of Arduino and Raspberry Pi before – they each have their strengths. They needn’t be an either or choice though – combine them to get the best of both worlds. Home automation is the perfect candidate for this. The home automation market is flooded with expensive consumer systems, incompatible with one another and costly to install. If you have a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino, you can basically achieve the same thing at a fraction of the price, assuming you’re willing to put in the time and the effort.
Heimcontrol.js by Willi Thiel is a Node.js app built to run on Raspberry Pi. Combined with an Arduino and some off-the-shelf remote control sockets, it makes controlling AC appliances easy. You can add temperature sensors, and even control your TV – but we’ll be keeping things basic today and extending the project in a later tutorial.
Raspberry Pi with its very low power consumption and huge possibilities is a good candidate to become guardian of our property. Now with RPi you will be able to monitor on-goingly what’s going on in your appartment or office.
The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful platform that can be used to build your own home automation system. I recently used it to control a relay from anywhere in the world, and I also compared it to the Arduino platform in a previous article.
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