Between one daughter’s wedding and another daughter’s surgery I haven’t had any time to play with this stuff this week. I did, however, clean out my friendly Ebay vendor’s supply of $5 sensors for my collection, adding a few more motion detectors, a couple door/window sensors, and some other miscellaneous stuff. Plenty of devices to tear apart and experiment with. More information to come…
All valid questions. Consider this, however – let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you were just now getting into home automation. You really like the idea of building up a dataset of what’s happening in your house – how often doors are left open, lights are left on, etc. You want to make sure that lights are never left on in unoccupied rooms; you have a feeling that this happens a lot, but you really don’t have any proof. Say you want to know just how hot your attic gets in the summer, and whether or not that is a contributing factor to why the upstairs of your house feels like a bloody toaster in August. Continue reading Hacking Eaton HomeHeartbeat Part 4: Why Bother?
I rarely write up book reviews except in extreme cases. I admit that I am a harsh critic; rarely do I find a book worthy of praise, and when I do my reviews tend towards being large volumes in and of themselves. This is a good thing – writing a book is a massive undertaking and I have a great amount of respect for anyone who undertakes the task. Which is why I find it so frustrating when I find a book that is just plain bad. I just can’t understand why someone would put themselves through the tedium and all of the work involved with writing and publishing a mediocre (or worse) book.
I really, really wanted to like this book. It’s been talked up for months now, and while I don’t usually fall for hype, I admit to having high expectations for [amazon_link id=”1449393578″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Getting Started with the Internet of Things[/amazon_link] from the folks at Make:Projects.
If anyone is interested in following along, I’ve created a new project on GitHub: HomeHeartbeat on GitHub
This will be a simple Python interface library.