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WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM? Whatever happened to X10?

The question as below reached me after publishing the Home Automation Solution on the Google TV box on different channels. http://www.gsm-modem.de/M2M/m2m-componets/home-automation-on-google-tv-box/

I would like to share it with you.

WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM? Whatever happened to X10? Thanks for the links Harald. They are definitely applicable to M2M!

The TV box we got from Google helps with WIFI and Ethernet. The camera pictures in the video are out of a webcam in my city.

The video also shows the dimming of light and changing the colour. It is an emulation. The next video will show it live. The further step is a web server with control of LEDs on PCB connected by WIFI to the Google TV box. The final step is to offer the LED PCBs with WIFI module and controller in a web shop to everybody.

I will replace my old furniture to new and will order it without lamps or LEDs.

These LEDs in a row are on a PCB with 25 cm length. 25 cm are the standard length for illumination in our local shops for furniture. Everybody can have the some fun at home like me.

The final step in home automation is the creating of rapid prototyping hardware. Some piece of hardware that can be easily copied or redesigned. My home is fully covered by WIFI. I already bought a small WIFI powered webcam on Monday. This camera offers e-mail, FTP and DynDNS. It could be a part of the home automation project later on. Some birds build a nest directly next the door to our veranda. The bad news is that the last little bird died Tuesday night. Anyhow, European blackbirds are breeding up to four times a year. Hopefully they will come back. If they come back I will offer a “blackbird cinema” based on Google TV box to everybody.

Other topic is the drainage pump at our home. Shall I monitor it with by WIFI or by some meshed ISM network on 868 MHz? I am not sure. On WIFI I am ready fast. On 868 MHz I can save power. Anyhow, I will keep you posted.

X10 is not that popular in Germany. Anyhow, the TV Box has USB and Ethernet as well.

Android@Home – From Sweet Home to affordable Smart Home
http://www.gsm-modem.de/M2M/m2m-componets/android-at-home-smart-home/

Just replace the mentioned tablet to the TV box and order the Chipkit TDGL002 listed here:
http://www.gsm-modem.de/M2M/m2m-componets/iot-avl-smart-home-aal-m2m-and-m2m2p-on-arduino/

An Arduino X10 tutorial you get here:
http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/x10

Do not use the origin Arduino because the Chipkit TDGL002 already offers USB host with drivers for Android accessories. The Chipkit TDGL002 is estimated with USD 30. If you order the TDGL003 then you’ll never run out of pins and interfaces.

Do you have X10 running at home?



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