So, it has been a while and a lot of things have changed. I am going to start with my most recent techie stuff and then work my way around all of things I have been up to.
Smarthouse – what is it? A smart home is one that is somewhat aware of the presence of you, temperature, lighting, time of day, and even weather.
It all started with a Canary. The Canary is a stand alone device that will monitor your house and send you high definition videos if anything unusual happens. This could be movement, sound, or even air quality changes. Now I say that it is a stand alone device, but it also can “hook” into a “smarthome” and provide input. But like I said earlier, this is only how things got started. After installing the Canary, I started really thinking about stepping it up a notch.
I knew that I would want to do lighting. I also knew that I would want to do access control (doors). I also wanted it to be “presence” aware. If not for everybody, then at least for me.
I first looked into doing a magnetic door access with RFID. But this would be a limited system that would still rely on you taking out a key fob and it wouldn’t really talk to other systems or be able to let someone in over a request over the Internet. I needed more brains .. not think limited.
I originally was thinking WINK as a smarthouse hub. I pondered this for a week and really did some comparisons to other systems. I almost went WINK, but GE’s SmartThings seemed to have a little more integration and acceptability in the smarthome community. I also considered Arduino and a HAT. This still might happen later down the road.
The HUB – The hub is a device that will allow different devices from different vendors to communicate all together. It is an Interface Engine that will take different inputs and outputs and negotiate all the communications. AND, it also serves a purpose in the design of the smarthome as it also has it’s own sensors and lighting functions.
Light HUB – this will control a set of light that you program either as single lights or lighting groups. This can control intensity, colors, scenes and moods. It can also control notification via light flashes for things like when your phone is ringing or when you get email or when someone is at the front door. It is almost endless what you can make smart lights do.
Interface – The interface is how you interact wit the system and how the system can interact with you. This could be a smart phone, a tablet, wall switches and even the Amazon Echo. New
So, you can see where this could take time to develop and layout a system. As I said, I’ve been busy. This is my list of parts. On the next post, I will talk about the integration.
Here’s a listing of my main parts:
GE Smartthings version 2 HUB kit
Hue Version 2 light hub kit
Hue Color Bulbs
Smartthings Dimmer Switches
GE wall switches
Kwikset door lock