So what's so special about my home? Surely, it can't be that different from your home or anyone else's home, right?
Well, on the surface that may be true, but under the surface my home is an amalgamation of computers, automation technology,
and dozens of other technologies, working together towards a common goal. Read on to learn more.
(outdated) photo courtesy David Waldman
Basic PremiseMy continuing goal for my home is to create a "smart" home, with technology and automation in places where it makes sense, and to do this on a budget. I'm no Bill Gates -- I try to spend as little as possible to achieve my goal.
Basic SetupThe technology in my home is controlled through several networked home computers. Connected to them are a vast array of devices and controllers, some store-bought, some hand-made. I make extensive uses of technologies such as Insteon, Arduino's, and X10 to do the dirty work in my automation. Aside from that, 99% of the software that makes everything mesh is hand-crafted from scratch.
ComponentsMost of my home will be documented in a series of individual subsections. After you've watched the introductory video, you can click on one of these subsections to get more information about individual components of my home.
The central point of my home: The touchscreen is located right next to my doorway and provides instant information and control.
The various automation components work together to allow computer and remote control of lights & appliances, and much more!
The Media Center is the entertainment centerpoint. A nice big LCD TV and 120" projection screen are connected to this system.
An interface with visitors, this component handles the building entry system for my home. It's like an answering machine for my whole apartment.
Controlling it all is various computers. Here's some more detail on each of their duties.
A listing of the individual software applications that I created, each of which serves a modular purpose in my home.
Previous ComponentsThese parts were formerly part of my smart home but are no longer in use. I include them here for archival purposes.
The Remote Control Radio Watch ties it all together, offering instant information, notifications,
and control within my building and also up to 200m surrounding it.
This has been replaced with a smart phone & Android Wear smart watch.