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Is anyone doing any home automation (or are we calling it Internet of Things now)? I'm getting the itch to do some stuff and have been reading up on the subject.
I'm interested in SmartThings but to start off I bought a few Z-Wave appliance units, a switch and a USB stick. My plan is to use my HTPC or a Raspberry Pi to try out OpenHAB and see how it goes. SmartThings announced a new hub that will be available in April, so if I like home automation but not OpenHAB I can move all my hardware to that. SmartThings looks easier to get going, but right now all their rules run on The Cloud and I think an open source platform will be more powerful, at the expense of usability.
My initial plan is for morning coffee & a smart switch for multiple lights in a room. Eventually I'd like to get to the point of presence-detection via mobile phones, integrated water & fire alarms, thermostat and more.
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