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
My Dream Greenhouse
Simple PHP script using Raspberry Pi and Tellstick