SuperHouse Episodes


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  1. Hi, firstly I have to say awesome stuff…
    I have been working on my own home automation project on and off for the past 2 years or so using capacitive touch switches php mysql python modbus etc, and well lets just say its a bit messy and prone to connection issues. Seeing your switches and breakout boards has left me in awe and i have found the breakout boards on freetronics but i cant find the switches and breakout boards for the switch end of the setup. Would much appreciate a link to them if you have one. Also would love to see how you setup node-red, openhub, and mosquito, seems much easier than writing all my own code php python scripts to polll th earduino modbus and dump into mysql database then use php to display information and give me control over everything remotely.

    1. Thanks John!

      I haven’t listed the button PCBs, because I made the ones shown in the video several years ago and I can’t easily source those buttons anymore. I’ve just redesigned the PCBs to use a different button that’s easy to find, and I have some of the buttons on order. I’m going to do a whole episode about the light switches themselves, and show how to do different styles. When I have the new boards done I’ll put them up on the site as well.

      1. Yhea!!! I’ll be the first buyer!

  2. Hi Jonathan, I subscribe to a number of home automation channels, butI must commend you, I learn most from your channel. Every video has taught me a bunch of new stuff. Great work.
    Question I have is do you ever publish your sketches or code? I’m not a programmer but is very keen on setting up lights like you explained with the 8266 and the light switch toggle on a GPIO. I can do the first part, the GPIO part has me panicking.
    Great journey you have taken us on! Thanks

    1. Thanks Willie! I’ve just received updated PCBs for my light switches, so over the next couple of days I’ll be recording an episode about how they work. As part of that I’ll touch on the software side again, including how to use toggle switches and regular light switches in place of momentary buttons. Each of my projects has source code published on GitHub where relevant, and linked from the episode page.

  3. Hi Jonathan. I have been through your videos several times. As a retired engineer I have to say excellent job! For a long time I have wanted to come up with a simple Ethernet interfaced control/monitor device. It looks like you have done just that with Ardiuno. I am not sure if this is the best place for questions, maybe you can direct me. Any way I have to ask, I am interested in how you develop your embedded software; compiler used, IDE, how you load it, debugging, etc. Is this published anywhere that I can read about? Thanks very much from a loyal viewer and supporter. Please keep it up you are an inspiration..

    1. Thanks Kei! For most simple projects I use some variant of the Arduino environment, either on a board directly supported by the Arduino IDE (such as anything with an ATmega328P, etc) or on something like an ESP8266 that has third-party hardware profile support in the IDE. I don’t like using the IDE itself as an editor, I often edit in VIM and call GCC with a Makefile. I think I showed something like that in my video about Pocket CHIP:

      Using the Arduino environment is the easy way out for quick projects, but I also use other things like FreeRTOS sometimes. My friend Angus Gratton was the original creator of the esp-open-rtos project while he was doing some work on a commercial SuperHouse project for me:

      Also, it’s very out of date now (published way back in 2009) but my book Practical Arduino covers the basics.

  4. Jonathan, you’re a wealth of information. Thank you for you videos!
    I just watched one of your videos about RFID. Fascinating stuff.

    I am building a new home. For several reasons that I won’t bore you with, I would like to be able to identify the specific locations of things inside the completed wall. Would RFID technology work for this? In other words, if I were to place a passive RFID chip inside a wall, would I be able to identify the exact location of the RFID chip, after the wall is completed, using a scanner?

    I believe there is something similar to this in found in some libraries to determine the location of books.

    Thanks again for your videos!

  5. I’m buying a new home and looking for ideas. Over the past few days I’ve binge watched the entire site and love all the ideas. Can’t wait to get started in my own home.

  6. How do I get my panel pro B&D roller door to operate with Sonoff devices?

  7. Hello Jonathan, I have been eagerly watching your site for quite some time and loving what you do. I am keen to know if you have seen any good Arduino controlled trailing edge 240v dimmers boards around please. I have not seen anything so far that looks remotely good or safe for that matter. It was so easy with incandescent lights but LED downlights require special consideration.
    Currently I am seriously considering using the capacitive touch panel to control rotary trailing edge dimmers dimmers via an arduino and steppers. This way the mains side of things is all isolated passes Australian standard and is really simple to control by touch or voice commands via Google home or Alexia. It is so home friendly when all the lights just fade up when you walk in. On that line of thought I am quite keen to see you new ESP8266 board now that you have just finished it. Ah wont it be a great news when sonoff products pass Australian standards control. Loving what you do and that you post and share. Inspiring to many. Cheers from Rod

  8. Hi I am interested in your assertive projects I am visually impaired somewhat but I have years of electronics. How did you start working with assertive technology and find the people that needed it ?

  9. I am trying to pair a basic sonoff relay to my iphone, I cannot get it to pair. My router is a 4g/LTE VoIP wireless router, supplied by my internet service provider. What must I do?

  10. Anything on the actual setup of openhab and how you are using it? Or did I miss it? Great videos and topics, I have learned a lot. Thank you very much

  11. Hi Jonathan, I can only agree with all previous comments on the great job you have done!
    I would be very interested to understand your view on z-wave technology and its use in home automation.
    Thank you!

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