In today’s society, our mobile phones are an extremely useful device when we are on the go and away from our homes; however, when we return home, our smart phone becomes just a communication tool again. Home automation is inevitable, and it will find its way into every house.
The first person to commercialize it to the point where it is as easy to set-up and as affordable as a home router will end up breaking this slow trend. The key to this success is the smart phone; this should end up being the most expensive piece of hardware for this system and with the everyone owning a smart phone these days, that future is in sight.
The objective of this senior project is to demonstrate the capabilities of your mobile phone in your home. The full design of this idea involves one home base station that the user connects to via Bluetooth, in which that base station is connected to any number of peripherals via the Zigbee protocol, allowing the user to manipulate a wide range of tasks from the convenience of their phone. For example; dimming the lights, closing the garage door, or controlling ones entertainment system.
The current status of this project is a scaled down version of the total idea. At this stage, the user is able to connect to a base station via an Android app (Bluemote!) that I developed. The base station is an Arduino Uno Development Board fitted with a Bluetooth module and an IR LED, which is used for Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to control a Sony TV via the SIRC Protocol.
Source: California Polytechnic State University
Authors: Philip Kaye