Thought I’d share to get suggestions and feedback and maybe inspire someone. Feel free to write your wildest automation dreams below too! Let’s get this party started!
Maybe the most usual thing to automate and control. I want window lights to turn on based on actual light level, and not just time of day. I want lights that dims up a little when there is motion in a space during the night, for example someone visiting the bathroom or kitchen. And I want to be able to turn off lights I forgot on in the basement or garage, or when I leave home. I want lights at the front door and in the garden to turn on when it’s dark and there is movement.
I also want to create scenes I can set by voice command or buttons. Like, a scene for preparing the kids rooms for going to bed, turning off all the lights, closing the blinds, turning on nightlight. Another scene could be “good morning” dimming up the lights in the bedroom and opening the curtains, maybe play a predefined playlist and so on.
I want to automate the outdoor sunshades to be activated when needed, but only when it’s not too windy, and maybe not when it rains? It’s important to be able to override this too I think.
Activates and deactivates in some common way, maybe by giving a code and beeping a tag or something. When the alarm is triggered every light in the house turns on or flashes, except for in the rooms where there are movement perhaps? Unless there are a camera in that room? Every speaker inside the house and outside turns into a siren (or maybe even some are playing something by Darkthrone? That’d be a nice touch I think), cameras start recording. Some kind of message are sent to me and the wife or whoever we want notified. It would also be fun to create a robot to follow the intruder through the house, just to mess with his or her head I think!
Should be able to talk to the alarm, and trigger scenes and events. Maybe the alarm is set when the front door is locked from the outside, and all lights except window lights are turned off. I want to be able to open the garage door using voice commands. It would be handy to be able to open a door for deliveries remotely or handing out temporary codes. For deliveries, preferably not the front door. We have a door to the garage that would be more suitable. It’s a space separated from the rest of the house, and we could even put a fridge and a freezer there for food deliveries. Add a camera, and put the most valuable tools in a locked cabinet and we’re all set!
Vacuum cleaner robot cleans the house after when the front door is and stays locked for an hour or so. Maybe not every day, but every other. The lawn mower is probably doing its thing on its own, but could probably send status and other info to the system.
Anyone have ideas for automating dusting, and all things associated with laundry?
…need water. Or at least so I heard, ours keep dying before I have a chance of trying to water them At the same time plants are good for indoor air quality and general well beeing. I’d like sensors that monitor moisture levels in soil, sending notifications when water is needed.
House status and well-being
Sensors keep track of moisture in attic, basement and rooms with shower or sauna or things like that. Triggering fans or dehumidifiers if needed. Another thing is fire safety. If a smoke sensor is triggered a message is sent to us and neighbours, beside from lights turning on and loud noises coming from small plastic boxes.
Energy and water consumption
Solar panels on the roof making electricity, vehicles charging, such as bikes and cars. Energy is used when it’s the cheapest. But most importantly I want to just keep track of what is using energy and how much. Same with water. And I want an UPS for keeping services running, like alarm, gateways, internet access, NAS and stuff.
I would like to be able to control temperature per room (somewhat) and time of day. I mean warmer in bathrooms from 5 am to 8 am, a few degrees colder in the whole house during the night.
I’ve seen connected cat doors, and I want one. Making sure only my cat can get in the house, and also keeping track of wether the cat is in or out would be great. I’d also want a food and water dispenser that notifies me when I need to refill it.
I’ve probably forgotten a lot of stuff, and might add that later. But do let me know what I have missed? Also, what have you managed to create, and how? What products, and how are they set up?