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Raspberry Pi 3 Home Automation Projects

By : Shantanu Bhadoria, Ruben Oliva Ramos
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Raspberry Pi 3 Home Automation Projects

By: Shantanu Bhadoria, Ruben Oliva Ramos

Overview of this book

Raspberry Pi 3 Home Automation Projects addresses the challenge of applying real-world projects to automate your house using Raspberry Pi 3 and Arduino. You will learn how to customize and program the Raspberry Pi 3 and Arduino-based boards in several home automation projects around your house. This book aims to help you integrate different microcontrollers like Arduino, ESP8266 Wi-Fi module, Particle Photon and Raspberry Pi 3 into the real world, taking the best of these boards to develop some exciting home automation projects. We will start with an interesting project creating a Raspberry Pi Powered smart mirror and move on to Automated Gardening System, which will help you build a simple smart gardening to keep your garden healthy with minimal effort. You will also learn to build projects such as CheerLights into a holiday display, a project to erase parking headaches with OpenCV and Raspberry Pi 3, create Netfl ix's "The Switch" for the living room and lock down your house like Fort Knox with a Windows IoT face recognition-based door lock system. By the end of the book, you will be able to build and automate the living space with intriguing IoT projects and bring a new degree of inter connectivity to your world.
Table of Contents (7 chapters)

Creating a Raspberry Pi-Powered Magic Mirror

We’ll be operating with the understanding that this may be the first Raspberry Pi project that you have attempted to undertake. The Magic Mirror is a practical and easy way to introduce yourself to working the Raspberry Pi and will also serve a great conversation piece for your home. To briefly cover the contents of this chapter, you will learn about the Raspberry Pi single-board computer and how to navigate the command line using basic Linux commands. We will focus on downloading the latest version of the Magic Mirror project by Michael Teeuw from GitHub ( and setting up the open source modular platform to work with the Pi 3. Once downloaded, we will take a look at editing the content for the Magic Mirror and how one might go about integrating third-party modules to create a custom Magic Mirror experience. As a final step, a discussion will surround the construction of the mirror’s frame and what might be best for your personal home experience.

By the end of this chapter, you’ll know how to:

  • Work with the Raspberry Pi
  • Operate within LXTerminal
  • Navigate the Magic Mirror repository
  • Do basic file editing with GNU Nano
  • Use the Raspberry Pi GPIO to attach sensors