by jwozniak @ jwdevs.com :
The world of IoT for “Smart Home” is growing very fast. There are various areas of interests from security to automated animal care depicted for instance on this page.
I’ve tried to look at the things from the practical point of view. What would be interesting enough to be build as a project and at the same time have a real, quantitive value? It happens that I was always interested in limiting the energy consumption at home. One evening when talking to my wife and trying to get her opinion on my adventures into electronics she said that it would be great to have a heating already on before she gets home (and a cosy, warm place ready exactly when she enters). I guess she said it as a kind of a joke. To her surprise I got attracted by the idea. Hey, why not? With the current state of technology it is actually feasible. Maybe a bit challenging at first sight but still. So this is how it has started. Let’s build a intelligent thermostat that would be off when we are not at home and turning on when we come back! Great! Let’s see, maybe it will even improve the energy consumption…
iHome – Intelligent Thermostat Project – [Link]