If thinking about the home as a system I need to look at Input/Output (I/O) options. If using a biological model the inputs map to senses and the outputs to muscles and nervous system control.
I do not have all these items but hear are some ideas.
Energy Monitor e.g. Owl via CM 160 (Owl USB)
WeMo Motion sensor
Lego Mindstorms Kit (probably coupled to Raspberry Pi via Python bindings)
Wii Remote via Bluetooth to Raspberry Pi
Webcam via USB to Raspberry Pi
- Ultrasound Sensor
- Light Sensor
- Sound Sensor
Thermostat – e.g. via something like this – would also give temperature
- Weight and Body Mass – via IFTTT
- Heart Rate
Lego Mindstorms Kit (probably coupled to Raspberry Pi)
Audio – via speakers attached to Raspberry Pi
Video – Monitor / TV attached to Raspberry Pi
Webpage – access via mobile devices – hosted on Raspberry Pi
Old Digital JPEG Photoframe – anyway to make wireless via USB hack?
Hue Light Bulbs
Air Quality Egg
- Lamps – via plugs
- TV – on/off (on probably goes into standby – less useful)
- Kettle – although has separate switch to boil – not amazingly useful
- Toaster – as for kettle
- Speakers/Stereo – on/off
- Coffee Machine
- Washing Machine – any would need additional input to activate
- Dishwasher – ditto
If anyone has any ideas or has successfully implemented any other devices please add to the comments below.
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