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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 aquarium monitor is a good (even if very simple) example about how a web monitoring system should be implemented, giving to the reader some basic ideas about how a mid-complex system works and how we can interact with it in order to modify some system settings, displaying some alarms in case of malfunctioning, and plotting a data logging on a PC, smartphone, or tablet.

Despite these aspects, the basic functioning of this project is similar to what we've already done in previous chapters: we have a periodic task that collects the data and then decides what to do. However, this time, we have a user interface (the web panel) to manage, and a video streaming to be redirected into a web page.

Note also that in this project, we need an additional power supply in order to power and manage 12V devices (such as a water pump, a lamp, and a cooler) with the BeagleBone Black, which is powered at 5V instead.


Note that I'm not going to test this prototype on a real aquarium...