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Welcome To My Automated Home

I'm a 26 year old home automation enthusiast who loves technology. I currently own a four bedroom, four bathroom home that was built in 1999. It's right around 3,290 square-feet not including the screened-in porch or attached three-car garage. I bought the home in October of 2010 after moving from my previous two-story townhouse that is approximately 1,540 square feet. I first began automating my townhouse back in June of 2007 after reading over many home automation forums across the net since my teenage years. I put together this website so that I could share with others my home automation setup. I'm in the process of setting up the new house, so in the mean time you can still browse my old setup on the left hand menu. I'll try to document my journey as much as I can here. Ideas, questions, comments? Feel free to contact me or leave a comment. =o)

Latest Blog Entries

Motorized Plantation Shutters

Posted on April 24th, 2012

 It only took me about two months, but I finally got the writeup completed on the motorized plantation shutters and the servo controller node.

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Motorized Window Plantation Shutters

Posted on Feb. 17th, 2012

I finally got it working!  I'll be doing a writeup soon, but for now here is a demo video of 1 out of the 14 shutters I want to automate in the house.  The wire going to the motor will be run to the crawlspace below the house from inside the window sill, so it will never be seen. The humming noise will also be adjusted (I have the delay set too long in this demo) so it won't be as loud. There are 10 exact positions I can set them to, ranging from closed in one direction to closed in the other.

 

Tags: plantation shutters
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Touchscreens

Posted on Feb. 15th, 2012

I've written a page about my in-wall touchscreens and the software I wrote for them, but I'm just working on a few final things before I post it up. In the meantime, here is a demonstration video of how it looks.

Tags: touchscreens
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A Few Changes

Posted on Feb. 12th, 2012

I am currently in the process of designing a node that will control small servo motors (in groups of three) that I have attached to 14 plantation shutters in my house. This will allow me to open, close, and set the shutters to almost any position on an individual basis. I plan to have them open/close based on the time of day, occupancy in the house, season and sunlight direction, outside temperature and inside cooling/heating set points, and privacy times based on if the shower is/was in use and/or bath tub was/is in use.

I finally got around to adding some new pages and updating some old ones. Just added a page on my Lighting and Devices, RS485 Network and Multi-Purpose Node. Also updated information about the wiring closet and main controller.

Tags: servo, plantation blinds
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Occupancy Detector Node

Posted on May 23rd, 2011

 It's been a few months but I just put up a new page on my custom occupancy detection and people counting system. I'm still adding new features and thoroughly testing it, but so far it's awesome. When I get a chance I'll put up the schamatics and parts list. I need to get a page up on my whole-house audio system, and infrared controller node as well.

 

Tags: door node, occupancy
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