Welcome, my name is Giovanni, a 35 years old italian engineer that would like share his experience in IoT, electronic, raspberry, arduino, electrotechnic, and others things. In this blog i will try to realize a different approch to these stuff. It’s not a hobby or a toys…. I will try to explain my practical, pragmatical and REAL approch for building REAL, SAFE, and RELIABLE utilities.
…at home, I’ve not a normal thermostat and I’ve nothing like TADO or other commercial thing that cost > 300€. I’ve, since 3 years no-stop, a raspberry that monitoring 3 floors temperatures and external temperaturs, control 2 solenoid valve, monitoring switch off and switch on for the pellet stove. It make me graphs and it have a crontab scheduling system. I created a single webapp that works localy and remotely, that show me all controls for temperatures and stove, I can view all my webcams, I can control my old television (no smartTV) with a infraRed sensor on the raspberry and other stuff.
A reliable approch
I also control some light with this webapp, but the first control is “old-school-style” with switch on the wall and relay. This is what I intend for “reliable system”. I’ve not a domotic home… I’ve a normal home and I’ve added a domotic layer OVER the normal layer... if you are a programmer you know what i say. Also for the stove… I control all with with wepApp… but first I’ve build a security system with manualy switch solenoid valves for control all stuff “by hand”.
Every work is a solution that must resolve a real problem
In this last month I created some REST-API and now with IFTTT and GoogleHome I can control all stuff with my voice like “Hey Google, switch on the stove” or “Hey google, set channel 5 on tv”, “Hey google, switch off cousine light”. I can control all these stuff when I eat launch or dinner, or nursing my baby (6 months old)….
Often in internet I find blog that explain experiment with arduino or raspberry… beautiful and very interesting… but useless. For example switch on a light with a specific whistling melody. Beautiful… but it’s really useful?
Sorry for my English
You already understand that English is not my natural language… so sorry for grammatical errors. I decided to write all blog in english for two principal reason. The first is to training myself (you must never ending training) and secondly for reach all people possibile.