Category Archives: Home automation

emonPi

I have recently been working with the team from OpenEnergyMonitor to include support for LightwaveRF in their new emonPi product – see their blog post. There was a port of my LightWaveRF library called lightwaverf-pi on Github. I forked this and … Continue reading

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Using openHAB as a User interface

I have been experimenting with using openHAB to control my home automation devices. I am mainly using it as a user interface to existing capability. It is very easy to set up, and install, and is very portable. Its default … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Touch Display Application

I have written a Java Swing touch screen application for my new Raspberry Pi Touch Display. It lets me control most of the devices in my house, and shows environmental data for the rooms in my house: It also displays information, … Continue reading

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You’ve got mail

My house now lets me know when I have mail delivered through my letter box. This is mainly electronic components from China. It tells me “You’ve got mail” in a Stephen Hawking voice. It takes a few Raspberry Pi servers … Continue reading

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What protocol for the Internet of Things?

My home automation system supports several more protocols and types of sensor since I last blogged about it: Wemo insight plugs ESP8266  MQTT-based Wifi sensors EnOcean energy harvesting sensors Raspberry Pi OneWire sensors Raspberry Pi GrovePi sensors Fitbit BLE sensors … Continue reading

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ESP8266 MQTT Relay

Another development board for the ESP8266 that I have tried is the Olimex ESP8266 EVB, which I bought from ebay. This has a relay, a button for flashing, a UEXT socket which includes the serial lines used for flashing and … Continue reading

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ESP8266 Barometric pressure sensor

I have been experimenting with the ESP8266 for creating Wifi sensors. The nodemcu firmware makes programming it very easy. I have tried a few different development boards, and the nodemcu devkit seems the nicest for creating sensors. I bought it … Continue reading

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Python version of HouseControl

I am beginning to write a python version of HouseControl. It is more convenient to use python on the Raspberry Pi and it will be interesting to see how easy it is to convert. As communication is by sockets the … Continue reading

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Leap Motion sensor

I received my Leap Motion sensor today. It was easy to set up and start playing games like, Cut the Rope, which my granddaughter enjoyed. I registered as a developer, downloaded the SDK, and tried out the Java sample application. … Continue reading

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Garden sprinkler system

As it is taking some time to water my garden in this hot weather, I have decided to install a sprinkler system. I have a clematis hedge around my garden growing up a trellis from an enclosed wooden border between … Continue reading

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