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I removed the manufactures electronic circuit board and replaced it with a Raspberry Pi computer so that I could customize the operation of my cat's Litter Robot. My friend suggested that I also make it tweet. You can follow my cat's litter box usage on twitter: https://twitter.com/LitterBoxTweets.  It has been working great.   https://twitter.com/litterboxtweets   https://youtu.be/Ago_33K90Lo ...
jkutzsch

IoT Farm: Blog 1 - Intro

Posted by jkutzsch May 29, 2016
Wow, I have to admit to being incredibly humbled and thankful for the opportunity to participate in this Design Challenge.  Even more especially after having an opportunity to view a couple of the other sponsored participants proposals.  Some really interesting and exciting project plans out there!  I can't wait to get to working on mine and will eagerly look forward to seeing how the others are doing.   I will definitely offer suggestions/comments to the others and look for ...
Preface The intelligent home is not a new notion to the building domain. It has been long since the home automation and “smart home” concepts were introduced. However, currently this field gets increasing attention not only because of being environmentally friendly, using solar energy and reducing the waste of it but also due to the introduction of innovating interactive and intelligent technologies based on the IoT. These aspire to revolutionize the way occupants consider and intera ...
The SciFi book picture scenario depicted by Ray Bradbury in 1953 seems one of the fiction visions of the future that is not possibile. At the actual date, about ten years before the date of the events of his novel, things seems going different. And we are just working to make if possible today, something better taking care of the readers and the books. Creating the best reading environment. This post is just a reportage, a collection of images that better than many words describe the ideal cont ...
My propsal for the Pi IoT Design Challenge was not good enough to be sponsored which probably means this project is not a contender to win anything, but putting the effort into the proposal and dreaming up the possibilities got me enthusiastic enough to proceed anyway. I have been dabbling in home automation for a few years, but the various projects are scattered all over the house, so this is a great opportunity to set up a central control room that starts to leverage the synergies available. I ...
I would like to start with thanking element14 for giving me this opportunity to be a sponsored challenger in a great challenge like this. I'm really excited to be a part of this and is looking forward to learn some new things, build some cool stuff and ultimately have some real fun. In this blog post, I would like to give a glimpse to what I'm planning to do over the course of next 12 weeks. I believe that internet of things is not just about connecting just things together. It should be about c ...
Introduction I have been lurking in the element14 space for many months now. I am always amazed at the interesting projects and wealth of information being shared. I am humbled to have been chosen to give back to the community that has given so much. For the sake of the "Smarter Spaces Design Challenge", I am a private pilot and member of a flying club whereby a group of roughly 50 individuals share ownership of a fleet of 4 airplanes. What follows is the submission for my "Smarter Spaces: Hanga ...
To make my proposal a reality I need quite some electronics in the house. Luckily we already have several Z-Wave devices and Raspberries in the house, and a sponsored Kit on the way. But what other hardware do we still need?   More Z-Wave devices The entrance, living room, kitchen and office already have most lights controllable through Z-Wave. We do however plan to make this happen in the bedroom (and bathroom) as well to create a wake-up light. For this I’ll order the Fibaro Dimme ...
For the very beginning just a copy of the above mentioned Design Challenge application, see below. Further updates will follow soon. Preface Autonomous solar systems for hot water supply used in mild climate conditions are usually build from solar collectors, an accumulation tank, photo-voltaic panels providing electric power for a solar fluid pump and a controller switching the pump on and off (based on comparison of actual solar fluid temperature at collectors and hot water temperature inside ...
mg.sergio

PiIoT - DomPi: Intro

Posted by mg.sergio May 25, 2016
Hi All,   I´m very excited about this Challenge and hope that with the help of all of the Challengers I´ll be able to create and develop this project and have a lot of fun.   The detailed idea of my DomPi can be found in the application: PiIoT - DomPi: Application I submitted. The intention of this intro post is to state the problem I want to solve, summarize the main features or capabilities, summarize the key modules of the solution and create a dashboard that I will be ...
What makes me tick I am passionate about IoT at work and at home - yep, my wife is "delighted". I am passionate about making life easier. And I am passionate about automating tasks. All this implies that I spend long and healthy hours in the night where, instead of sleeping and resting, I'm creating and interconnecting things at home that simply make me feel I am in a better home, more automated, smarter.   Why I want to become a Element14Challenger I love to be challenged and stretched bey ...
Introduction Smart-homes are one of the most popular applications in IoT. It is very convenient when you can access your house information (and never wonder again whether the door was left open or the kitchen stove is on), and even have some basic automatic features implemented (temperature auto-set, lights off when they are not needed etc). We implemented a prototype with these temperature and pressure recording system a few weeks ago (just to test if could have a simple MQTT architecture), wi ...
IntroductionMultispectral images including red and near-infrared bands have proved their efficiency for vegetation-soil discrimination and agricultural monitoring in remote sensing applications. But they remain rarely used in ground and UAV imagery, due to a limited availibility of adequate 2D imaging devices. I was very happy to see that the new 8 Mpixel Pi Camera and the Pi Noir Camera were added to the kit of this challenge. In the past I did an extensive test on the spectral properties of th ...
Introduction Control Units Software IoT Devices Security Conclusion   I would like to start this post by thanking element14 and the sponsors for selecting my proposal for this design challenge. Thank you!   Introduction  There are two rooms which we, and probably most people, are in when at home: the living room and the bedroom. That is why I would like to build two control units which will blend in those rooms, yet provide full control of all IoT devices ...
An IoT architectural implementation for smart individual reading spaces in public librariesThis project aims to satisfy (at least) the following main guidelines:   Help and improve the interaction between library users and paper books Empower the environmental care Improve and make as easy as possible the users social interaction around the Book as the most powerful knowledge engine Create a smart relationship place Create the reading point of the future with local environmental improv ...
Once upon a time I started to automate my home using some cheap plugin switches, Arduino's and homemade sensors. Over time the Thuis app (the name of the system, "home" in Dutch) evolved and grew, and now it's time to bring everything to a higher level. Imagine arriving home and being welcomed by your iPhone giving you direct actionable notification, or walking around while the house adjusts to your needs. Lots of things are currently already possible using off the shelve solutions, however you' ...
crimier

IoT my belongings - Intro

Posted by crimier May 21, 2016
Hello, fellow challengers!   I've decided to join this project. I've been designing different projects around Raspberry Pi computers for about 4 years now, and this contest seems to be aligned with what I've been planning to implement this summer as a hobby project. Let me introduce my goals for a little bit.   I depend on many things around me and belonging to me. I expect my belongings and tools to be there when I need them, and I expect my workplace (which incidentally is the room ...
Wearable assistant manifesto  I love Fallout game series. I wish I was playing Fallout 4 now, but there's hacking to do. Eh. Maybe I'll get to it later. I love the Pip-Boy idea. It manages your resources, ammunition, tasks to be completed, plays radio broadcasts, has something like GPS inside and generally is a nice thing. Of course, the idea of a wearable personal assistant predates the Pip-Boy idea - but it's so far the most popular comparison to my project. Thus, my dream was born. I ...