Posts Tagged ‘home automation’

ESP8266 mains energy monitor

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

A ESP8266 mains energy monitor project by Brian Dorey:  As the new solar logger did not have this functionality we decided to design a new data-logger that would measure not only the mains current usage but also keep track of the electric meter and gas meter so we can easily...

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Raspberry Pi garage door controller

Friday, August 14th, 2015

As a follow up to yesterday’s Raspberry Pi and ARM uC Breakout + DirtyPCBs mini-review post,  hipfan75 has posted the completed Raspberry Pi-based Garage Door controller project: Right now, all of the sensors and actuators are connected to Raspberry Pi GPIOs. At some point I may move them to the...

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More awesome DoorBell control

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Felix of LowPowerLab posted an update on his DoorBell Mote project  we covered previously: My first DoorBell Mote prototype was working nicely and it allowed monitoring the door bell (while also triggering it remotely – toddlers love it). But I wanted more. On weekends the family likes to get a well...

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DoorBell + Moteino = Awesome

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Felix of LowPowerLab has written an article detailing his DIY Moteino DoorBell: A lonely doorbell activated by a boring push-button at the front door is not very exciting in a world of Arduino and “Internet of Things”. I’ve been wanting to Arduinize the doorbell into the Moteino Framework gateway interface so that I...

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Use ESP8266 module as a wireless switcher

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Razvan Dubau over at Extragsm posted a how-to on using an ESP8266 module as a wireless switcher: A custom firmware to transform the ESP8266 wifi module into a wifi http based switcher GPIO02 is used as an output pin. You can connect a led or a relay and controll it by a button...

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DIY Internet connected smart humidifier

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Martin's DIY Internet connected smart humidifier project: The project uses a DHT22 temperature sensor mounted to the side of the enclosure for better ventilation and reliable reading: I threw in a ultra-cheap I2C OLED status display to get a visual reading. Milling the box so that the OLED shows was...

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WiFi thermostat with weekly scheduler

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

A WiFi thermostat with weekly scheduler project by Martin Harizanov: As additional feature, I’ve added thermostat function based on Trystan Lea’s Open Thermostat Scheduler, only my code runs entirely off the ESP8266 SoC. The UI is touch-friendly and works great on mobile devices I’ve also added broadcasting functionality, allowing the board to...

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WiFi IoT 3 channel relay board with MQTT and HTTP API using ESP8266

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Martin writes: The ESP8266 DHT22/LED blinker project grew into a M2M relay board project with the following features in mind: Relatively small (10x5cm) PCB Powered via on-board power supply or externally via a micro-USB plug Has three 2A Sharp Solid State Relays (later version has 8A SSR) DHT22 humidity/temperature and/or DS18b20...

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Schlage smart door lock hack/teardown

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Teardown and hacking of Schlage smart door lock by Felix Rusu of LowPowerLab: As the title suggests it’s a smart door lock with a for coded entry and is based on “Iris” which in turn uses ZWave RF wireless technology (made by Zensys), a closed source patented protocol+hardware stack that is OEM-able to...

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Arduino GSM home automation system

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Timofte Andrei wrote this instructable detailing the build of his Arduino home automation system: For this project I’ve used: 1. An Arduino clone 2. SIM900 GSM SHIELD 3. Relay module 4. 2×16 LCD Display 5. DS18B20 temperature sensor 6. Push button 7. Some Dupont wires 8. A led module (this is optional,...

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Introduction to home automation

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

[embed][/embed] Introduction to home automation: We have all see some complex home automation systems, this video made by Jeremy from The Custom Geek gives a good overview of what is involved behind the scenes. This system lives in the garage and interfaces audio, video, phone, intercom, lighting and alarm system....

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STB Zombifier adds IR remote control to TV box and monitor

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

When Ivan changed his TV provider they required the use of a SetTopBox(STB) as a receiver. Since it had HDMI output, he decided to use an old Philips 230C1 monitor as a TV screen. The monitor, however, was not controlled by the STB and had to be switched on and...

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MSP430: using ACLK and the 32kHz crystal

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

NJC was designing a home automation system, to control lights at preset intervals. He wanted to use the MSP430 Launchpad but found the high frequency clock source of the valueline MCU to be insufficiently accurate. He wrote this post on the MSP430 Launchpad Blog detailing how to install the 32.768kHz...

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Hacking home automation X10 devices over power lines

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

X10 home automation devices control household systems over AC power lines. In the past their online pop-up ads were pervasive and hard to avoid and these devices are fairly common today. Researchers Dave Kennedy, aka Rel1k, and Rob Simon, aka Kc57, revealed two X10 hacking devices at the recent Defcon...

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AVR-based watering system

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Deddies Lab needed a way to water their resident Ficus Lyrata on a schedule of one-half liter per week. In order to automate the process, they designed an Atmega8 based control system which activates a water pump at appropriate intervals in order to keep the plant watered. A simple AC...

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Sunday, January 9th, 2011

How do you make a good cup of coffee while traveling home? Mix equal parts of your computer, Arduino, automatic coffee maker, Power Tail Switch and Twitter! In this Instructables, frenzy shows how to setup a Python interface between the Arduino and Twitter, connect the Power Tail Switch between Arduino...

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