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SuperHouse gives you detailed instructions for everything from basic renovation tasks to more extreme modifications such as how to fit electronic door locks so you can unlock your front door using your mobile phone, and linking your sprinkler system to the internet so you can control it from anywhere in the world.

Reading Sensor Values Online

Posted on October 1st, 2016

If you want to take your projects to the next level and add online capabilities this tutorial is for you. Although it is relatively simply to connect up a sensor to your Arduino and read sensor values onto an LCD or your serial monitor, making these sensor values accessible over the internet adds a whole new level of complexity! With this tutorial you can learn how to create your own online thermometer. To get started checkout the following link.  

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If you are looking for a temperature sensor to use in this project the team at SuperHouse Automation recommends the Freetronics temperature sensor module. To find out more about check out the product page.

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Solar Charger Control Panel

Posted on September 29th, 2016

With recent advancements in battery technology it is increasingly common for homeowners to go off the grid and power their homes using a solar and battery system. This is fantastic if you have a smarthome as it means you can avoid power outages and save money on your power bills! However, if your home is powered from a battery system it is important to be able to monitor the charging rates, battery percent and typical discharging times. Often there may be a small control panel in located with your batteries, however, it can be a real pain to have to go into your garage every time you want to check your battery status.  This is why Hannes has put together a great project which uses an internet connected Arduino to extend the control panel to a smartphone app so that you can access the information you need anywhere, anytime! To find out more checkout the following link.

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Uploading to your Arduino via a Network

Posted on September 27th, 2016

Although it is fairly straight forward to upload a sketch to your Arduino by plugging it into your computer, there are certain times when this can be very inconvenient. If, for example you have an Arduino under your house collecting temperature and humidity values and you need to push a bug fix to your board it can be a real hassle to get under your house with a laptop and updated your firmware! This is where this tutorial comes in. With the help of a protocol called the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) you can easily upload sketches to Arduino boards that are connected to your home network, right from the comfort of your computer. To get started learning this useful skill check out the following link.

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If you are looking to for an Arduino board with network capabilities why not checkout the Freetronics EtherTen. The EtherTen is a 100% Arduino compatible board that can talk to the world. Do Twitter updates automatically, serve web pages, connect to web services, display sensor data online, and control devices using a web browser. Check out the following link to find out more.

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WiFi Toilet Vacancy Sensor

Posted on September 26th, 2016

Do you ever get up from your desk to go to the bathroom only to find that it is occupied? With this cool project from hassaku you can use a number of sensors, a buzzer,  and a Spark Core to create a toilet vacancy sensor. The Spark Core interfaces with a Google Chrome extension which allows you to see in a quick glance if your bathroom is occupied. To get started on this unique project checkout the following link.

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IoT Wardrobe

Posted on September 25th, 2016

This intelligent wardrobe system automatically reminds you of the types of clothing and accessories you will  need based on the weather! Not only does it provide these recommendations,  but using a clever LED indicator system it also reminds you of where the different items you will require are located! For example the wardrobe might recommend that you take your umbrella with you if rain is forecast. This is an idea with lots of potential! To get started and to build upon the existing IoT Wardrobe concept, checkout the following link.

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IoT Propane Tank

Posted on September 23rd, 2016

If you live in a remote area it is possible that you are living in an area not service by a gas connection. For many people this means relying on a propane tank. Wouldn’t it be great if you could reliably track the amount of gas remaining in your tank so that you could schedule a top up and not risk running out of gas! This project from Julio Aguirre you can turn your propane tank into a solar powered IoT device that sends you up regular information about your propane tank. Not only does it provide you information but it also automatically emails or SMS’s your gas supplier to arrange a new delivery when you are running low. To get started on this project check out the following link.

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If you are looking for an Arduino board to work on this hack the team at SuperHouse automation recommends the Freetronics “Eleven” Arduino Compatible Board.  

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Arduino Disco Lights

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

If you have managed to blink an LED using an Arduino you should be able to easily build this project! ToughRocket52 has put together a fantastic instructable which teaches you how to build your own Arduino controlled disco lights. Not only do these disco lights look fantastic but you could very easily modify the project to make disco lights in any shape or form! THey would make a great addition to your smarthome. To find out more check out the following link.  
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If you are looking for an Arduino board to work on this hack the team at SuperHouse automation recommends the Freetronics “Eleven” Arduino Compatible Board.  

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#17: Home automation control with Sonoff, Arduino, OpenHAB, and MQTT

Posted on September 21st, 2016

The Sonoff from Itead Studio is a fantastic little mains-switching module with a built-in ESP8266 and WiFi. If you want an easy way to control mains devices such as lamps and fans, this could be it!

Sonoff modules are preloaded with firmware that allows them to be controlled by a phone app, so they’re very easy to get started. But that’s just the beginning: using a USB-serial converter and the Arduino IDE, you can load your own software on the Sonoff and make it do your bidding. I used the Arduino IDE to load a sketch with MQTT support and OTA (over the air) updates, allowing it to be controlled by OpenHAB.

Sonoff: www.itead.cc/sonoff-wifi-wireless-switch.html (basic version)

Sonoff TH: https://www.itead.cc/sonoff-th.html (Temperature / Humidity version)

Slampher: www.itead.cc/slampher-wifi-wireless-light-holder.html (lamp holder version)

Start by adding ESP8266 support to the Arduino IDE by following the instructions at github.com/esp8266/Arduino. I used the simple “Boards Manager” method.

For OTA (over the air) update support you’ll also need to install Python 2.7.

You’ll also need a USB-serial converter with support for 3.3V I/O. I used the Freetronics USB-Serial Converter (of course!), which has a switch that lets you select 3.3V or 5V mode.

The “BasicOTABlink” example shown in the video can be found at github.com/superhouse/BasicOTABlink.

The “BasicOTARelay” example shown in the video can be found at github.com/superhouse/BasicOTARelay.

For more information, a fantastic resource is Pete Scargill’s blog post about Slampher and Sonoff.

If you want to upgrade the FLASH memory on your Sonoff, check out Pete Scargill’s blog post about upgrading ESP8266 memory.

Update 24 Sep 2016: fixed the example links.


Knock Controlled Night Light

Posted on September 20th, 2016

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and stumbled around trying to turn on your light only to end up painfully bumping into things? With this project from Peter Javorsky you can build your own night light which will turn on with a simple knock.

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The project uses a piezo sensor to detect a knock and power a white LED strip meaning you can quickly and easily turn on or off your night light! The project comes with full schematics and code examples so there is nothing to stop you getting started.  This would be a great addition to your smarthome. Checkout this link to find out more.  

If you’re looking for a piezo module to use in this project the team at SuperHouse Automation recommends the Freetronics Piezo module. For more information and to order, visit the product page.

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Arduino Oscilloscope!

Posted on September 19th, 2016

An oscilloscope is a must have tool for any electronics enthusiast, however, they are typically extremely expensive ($600+), so price can be a real barrier to owning your own. With this fantastic project from BramMylemans you can use an Arduino to create your own oscilloscope very cheaply!

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Not only is it great to be able to build your own oscilloscope, but this project will cost next to nothing as it only requires an Arduino Leonardo and a few capacitors, diodes and resistors. Furthermore, when you are working on home automation projects having an oscilloscope can really go a long way to helping you design and debug your system. To get started building your own oscilloscope check out the following link.

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If you are looking for an Arduino Leonardo compatible board the team at SuperHouse Automation recommends the Freetronics LeoStick. The LeoStick is very similar to an Arduino Leonardo, however it comes in a compact, convenient USB stick style format! Checkout the product page to find out more.

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