Arduino powered smart home project

Have you ever had the desire to have a fully automated house?

Have you ever wished that as you enter the door of your house a soft music starts (or maybe a hard rock tune or a hip hop one), welcoming you together with lights switching on on their own? And maybe that shutters open at a certain hour of the day, close automatically during storms or too hot hours, and then again when it’s dark?

 

Well… waiting for the Arduino House to become reality, you can start playing around and building your own house-of-dreams model following this simple, yet effective tutorial by Jan Jennings:

Using an Arduino UNO Rev. 3 as the base to automate the model house, Jan built a laser-cut model house, and set up his own internet connected house to control lights and doors through his mobile phone, via PubNub.

And that’s a start for a larger project! You can then go further and connect other parts of the house, as mentioned before, for example shutters and curtains, to your system and automate more your model house. And, as you probably know, what architects do before bringing a house project into reality, is build a model: this is the base for any serious larger scale project, like a real Arduino Smart-Home. 

 

Jan used the Simpsons’ house laser-cut model to build his model smart-home.

 

Arduino PUBNUB application

 

Pub Nub system for Arduino

 

He used PubNub to build his user interface for the mobile phone to control remotely his lights and doors:

 

pub nub iot for arduino

 

And as a matter of fact he really did a good job and described it in his article entirely published, including the lines of code he used, in Codeproject.

 

Jan summarized 6 weeks of his work on the automated model house in this youtube video below:

 

by Silvia Bianchi

 

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