My home isn’t the biggest but it’s my own little castle as the saying goes and if I can make it look after itself then I will do, anything for an easier life. Below is a collection of links and ideas I’ve found/had over the past few years. I’m finally happy with how things work in my house so I think it’s time to do another home automation post of my current setup as I did a few years ago (2012-13 home automation setup).
Ubi – The Ubiquitous Computer – Voice-Activated & Always On
Speech recognition using the Raspberry Pi to control a USB robotic arm – UPDATE 01/03/2016 – Achieved through Siri using Homebridge and the Domoticz plugin
Bluetooth setup on the Raspberry Pi
Growl/Prowl updates – UPDATE 01/03/2016 – Updates are sent from Domoticz through Pushover and received on my Apple Watch and iPhone.
Set up XBMC/Raspbmc to use mysql for the library – UPDATE 01/03/2016 – No longer using XBMC. The Apple TV and YouView box have now replaced any local storage that I might have previously used. Netflix is now my primary source of films/TV series and YouView provides access to live sport through BT Sport/ESPN.
Use Joggler for web server and mysql XBMC library – UPDATE 01/03/2016 –
Heating control using temperature sensor / Using the Home Easy sockets I already have to control my heating – UPDATE 01/03/2016 – Achieved using a Nest in the kitchen and a home made Arduino temperature sensor to trigger the heating in the evening if it goes below a set value.
Log energy usage from Eon Smart Meter
Log doorbell presses using Home Easy doorbell
Emulation system for old game consoles
The RetroPie – UPDATE 01/03/2016 – Done and working, currently waiting for Raspberry Pi 3 to improve performance
Use old iPod Touch as in wall mounted screen
Custom in wall touchscreens
Web GUI – Central Hub for everything to be managed by my iPhone/iPad and desktop – UPDATE 01/03/2016 – using Domoticz
Switchking installation on the Raspberry Pi
Switch King integration with XBMC
Export nfo to CSV for import into WordPress as custom post types