Domotica

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Since a month or so I’m working on a domotica implementation. Based on Arduino and Arduino like hardware. For now it is just browsing the internet to look for the right hardware. What sensors are available and how can they be used together with the Arduino development tools (IDE and available sketches).
I like to start with known solutions to learn more about the way Arduino works and how the connected hardware can be controlled.

For now I’m playing with an Arduino Mega 2560 and some JeeNode (JeeLabs) hardware. The JeeNode is a Arduino compatible platform with several interesting features. First of all it has a great community. Second, it has several nice out-of-the box features which are great for a domotica solution. It comes with a wireless RF chip that is configured to communicate with other JeeNodes. This is a real plus for a wireless domotica implementation. It is possible, with the pre-installed demo-sketch, to make a mesh-like network of JeeNodes.

For the Arduino I found the Nodo project as a great starting point for a Arduino based domotica solution. A new version is being made at this time which aims at the Arduino Mega and the new Arduino 1.0 IDE.

In this blog I want to share my experience in the quest for a great domotica implementation. Examples of sensors, sketches and links to interesting websites.

That’s it for the first post.