Turning ORControl into a product

I have been tidying up and refactoring the code for ORControl. I will put it in Github soon.

I am considering turning it into a open source product that others can use.

What sort of product would it be and what would its features be?

I think I would position it as an add-on server for use with OpenRemote, whose main feature is control of LightwaveRF devices without the use of the Wifi link. It is also to some extent a free-standing web server for controlling home automation devices, but its capabilities are limited for this.

What are its features:

  • Control of LightwaveRF devices (without Wifi link)
  • Control of EDF or CurrentCost Individual Appliance Monitors
  • Control of TVs etc by by inrfared using an RF to IR gateway
  • Control of IP cameras
  • Email alerts
  • Voice synthesis and spoken alerts
  • Control of a Spotfy music server
  • Phone integration using AutomateIt
  • Google calendar integration
  • Integration with Jeenode and Home Automation Hub room server
  • Indoor plant soil moisture control monitoring
  • Appliance monitoring and control using EDF IAMs
  • Integration with Open Energy Monitor emonTx
  • COSM integration
  • Room occupancy monitoring
  • Turtlebot robot control?

It would take quite a bit of work to make it easily installable as a server, and to make each of the features optional and configurable, but I think I will start moving it in that direction.

The project might be more interesting to people when I get round to adding extra features such as control of blinds, heating control, integration with alarm systems, door bell integration, voice control and gesture control.

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