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Jeremie hooked me up with Eric Jennings, Co-Founder of the pinocc.io project.  Pinoccio is a wireless hardware development platform targeting “makers” with an arduino style wireless mesh platform.  Utilizing IEEE 802.15.4 (which is the basis of Zigbee etc) they aim to create a self managing mesh network, which bridges to IP via a gateway node (using standard wifi).   I am yet to geek out a little more with Eric, but I can see myself using pinocc.io as a basis of a lot of my upcoming projects.  

I have a LOT of devices in use at my house that would fully benefit with an overhaul to a standardized mesh.

1) Temperature and Humidity monitoring.

Currently I have an AKCP sensorprobe deployment for this. The sensorprobe device exports probe values via SNMP, which I then graph the values over time in Cacti, and alert on threshold events via Nagios.  I have a separate disconnected weather monitor with external (outside) temperature+humidity sensor), I use this for outside weather due to the prohibitively expensive weather rated probes for the AKCP.  I would like to build a more cost effective, open platform for this. The temp+humidity sensors themselves are fairly inexpensive, and it wouldn’t be too hard to build a weather hardened device.  Having a single modular implementation to cover all aspects of temperature/humidity/rainfall would be awesome.

2) Power usage monitoring.

I have a TED5000 deployed for power usage monitoring. The TED5000 uses CT clamps  for current usage and a voltage sensor to track line voltage. The TED5000 for whole house isn’t too expensive, but lacks the ability to do individual circuit monitoring easily. I would definitely improve on that.

3) Garage door control

Garage door control is something I tried with some Insteon gear, but it kinda failed.  I would love to utilize door state and control remotely.  Could easily be extended to become a full security system, including RFID and door strike control.

Those are just 3 of my current ideas for improving on things I already have/use regularly.

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Daniel Chote

Daniel Chote

Daniel Chote, the Code Monkey, Cat Herder, Maker, H4x0r, uav pilot, sim racer, bullshit artist and dad. Made in Hastings, New Zealand... Now living in the USA!

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