Archive for February, 2008

Solar Powered Occupancy Sensor

EnOcean Solar Powered Occupancy Sensor

Recently EnOcean announced its new product self-powered occupancy sensor Sensolux. It combines a 360 degrees PIR detector and light level sensor for automated lighting control. The Sensolux uses solar energy to get the power. It needs just a 3 hours of ambient light a day to be fully charged and can work in the dark for 48 hours.

The solar powered occupancy sensor can be used standalone together with a lighting control actuator or can be integrated into a LON or KNX/EIB network. The Sensolux includes a functionality to report its own energy level.

Personally I like the “green technology” solutions. They save our money and our environment. But, in my mind, £147.10 is too much for 360 degrees motion detector. Even it’s solar powered and “green”.

[via AutomatedHome]

DIY home energy monitor


Once I wrote a short article about energy monitors which can be used in home to reduce energy consumption. Here is another one – EnerJar. The winner of the Greener Gadgets design competition the EnerJar offers a simple way to monitor energy consumption for device connected to it and can be made by yourself. If you have heeded hardware (including a jar), electro technology knowledge and a little patience go ahead. Otherwise it might be better just to buy Kill-A-Watt.

[via Inhabitat]

Useful UPnP software

UPnP Media Controller

Network players which take the content from the server of NAS via your home network and display it on your LCE, plasma or something else, became very popular. So, the software produced and offered by Cidero might be useful for the owners of UPnP devices. Media Controller provides support for browsing and playback of digital music, photos and movies. Internet Radio Server offers a common way to manage a meta data of internet radio stations and create a proxy to stream one radio station to all UPnP devices to use only one internet connection (save bandwidth). And finally UPnP Bridge allows non-UPnP devices, to be used in a UPnP network, and extends the UPnP capabilities of others.

All applications are based on Java. So, there are versions for Windows and Linux. Also, it’s free software.

Java Mobile Orbiter for LinuxMCE

javamo for LinuxMCE

As you may know LinuxMCE supports smartphones under Symbian OS 1st edition, Windows Mobile 2003 and Treo as mobile Orbiters to control your home. It uses Bluetooth to communicate with smarthome system. So, it’s too difficult port every time the code to the new version of mobile OS. So, a big fan of LinuxMCE Hari decided to develop the Orbiter on Java Mobile platform. In that case we can have universal code which can work even on ordinary mobile phone with support of Java and Bluetooth. The idea of Java Orbiter will be more attractive if you remember about Google’s Android.

The progress of development of JavaMO (Java Mobile Orbiter) you may see on the picture. It’s really cool work! To get the latest news about JavaMO, please, read that topic on the LinuxMCE forum. If you’d like to participate in development or investigate the code just checkout it from the SVN repository. All contributors are very welcome!

Show what you watch as your Facebook status

facebook MCE add-in

I already mentioned about possibility to use Twitter to receive notifications from your smarthome. Well, now it’s time for another well-known and popular social service Facebook. The Facebook add-in for Windows Media Center allows to show the media title watched by you as your Facebook status. I’m not sure that this plug-in is useful as add-on for Twitter but I think Facebook fans will use it. But … Be carefully with adult content. Your Facebook friends will be able to watch your media preferences.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

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