Cheap Home Automation

Cheap Home Automation

One of the most difficult aspects about smart homes, is that we’re trying to retrofit our old homes to become smart homes. As such each light switch and outlet has to have it’s own controller, it’s own switches etc. This makes setup time consuming, and requires more expensive equipment. Life would be easier if we…

Open-source Wi-Fi device control

Open-source Wi-Fi device control

We’ve long since had plans to develop our own home automation setup, but with Hristo Borisov’s well documented work, that may not be necessary. His project, titled Switcher, is an open source Wi-Fi power switch, with multiple uses. Based around an ESP8266-01 (remote serial port Wi-Fi transceiver), Hristo provides a full set of schematics, code…

Get Sonos Connect to automatically turn on Amp

Get Sonos Connect to automatically turn on Amp

Home automation is all about making things simpler and easier. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t even have to involve voice commands (although it helps). It just has to make things work in a more natural, and fluid nature. And that’s exactly what Robert Cowan set out to do in one of…

Hacking with Particle

Hacking with Particle

Particle.io are purveyors of a number of different IoT modules to help you get connected. Their modules are designed to integrate with existing or planned hardware, doing all the hard work for you. They have Wi-Fi and 3G modules and several of development boards and kits. This weekend we got to do a hands-on with…