PMH: State of the überness

For those of you who know me, you already know I’m really psyched about the Arduino platform. One of the things I’m also psyched is home automation. Not the crapy, oldschool home automation we all know and disregard, but the cool, shiny home automation. The kind of thing that you see in Star Trek and go “ooooooooooooooooooh!”. You know, like “Computer, adjust my temperature to 23.56 degrees, unless it’s Sunday with a full moon. Oh, and bring me a burger. And a beer.”, followed by “*bleep*OK*bleep*” and a tasty burger-beverage combination.

The main system I’m working on, mainly as part of my daily job, but also as part of my Thesis, and as a member of P-Space, our local hackerspace, is PMH/Überdust. PMH, as in, Pimp My House, is a home automation system that uses the latest technology in wireless sensor networks to control anything you can think of. Any actuator or sensor can be linked with PMH, but we are specifically using Arduino wireless nodes, equiped XBee modules for wireless communication.  Everything is open source (of course), and I’ve even presented the system to this year’s FOSSCOMM, and even FOSDEM!!! Needless to say, presenting at FOSDEM is one of the highlights of my work so far. Everyone was very nice, interested in the system, and I also got a lot of suggestions.

I’d like to say a few things about the state of the system. Recently, we installed in on P-Space, and it’s been great so far. In the beginning, everyone would play with the lights and it was a lot of fun, although some cursing did occur :P After Vasilis designed a drupal website to see the status of the space and control the lights, people started using the system from outside the space as well, to check on who is in and what’s going on. Btw, you did see our website, right? Here’s a screenshot:

I hope to extend the system even more, and add more sensors in the near future, and you can be sure that I’ll keep you up to date. If you’d like to take a look at the code, you can check our GitHub page.

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