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BeagleBone Home Automation Blueprints

By : Rodolfo Giometti
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BeagleBone Home Automation Blueprints

By: Rodolfo Giometti

Overview of this book

BeagleBone is a microboard PC that runs Linux. It can connect to the Internet and can run OSes such as Android and Ubuntu. BeagleBone is used for a variety of different purposes and projects, from simple projects such as building a thermostat to more advanced ones such as home security systems. Packed with real-world examples, this book will provide you with examples of how to connect several sensors and an actuator to the BeagleBone Black. You’ll learn how to give access to them, in order to realize simple-to-complex monitoring and controlling systems that will help you take control of the house. You will also find software examples of implementing web interfaces using the classical PHP/HTML pair with JavaScript, using complex APIs to interact with a Google Docs account, WhatsApp, or Facebook. This guide is an invaluable tutorial if you are planning to use a BeagleBone Black in a home automation project.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
BeagleBone Home Automation Blueprints
About the Author
About the Reviewers

The basics of functioning

This time, the project is a bit more complex than before, but all the complexity is not in the hardware (the connections are very simple, just plug in a USB dongle and the trick is done!,) but in the software! In fact, the management software to set up and control these devices needs some skills. Also, due to the fact that the Z-Wave world is really huge, and the lack of space for it in this book (I suppose I can ask my editor to write a dedicated book just to explain how to use the Z-Wave for the home automation projects!), I'm just going to present the very basics of the Z-Wave protocol, showing a minimal application that you can expand on your own.

As stated before, we're going to use a Z-Wave controller connected to the BeagleBone Black's USB host port to manage two Z-Wave devices: one used to measure some environment data, and one to turn on and off a connected device. So, what we have to do is to write some software to be able to send and receive messages to...