So yesterday, I gave a talk on home automation at HackersNL in Utrecht, nice and friendly audience and plenty of new ideas.
I’ve uploaded the slideset, available here (downloaded 2003 times). Furthermore some additional comments and links;
- Home automation site; check out bwired.nl, awesome. Nothing to add to that.
- Bwired also has a generic home automation forum, not specifically related to a server product.
- xPL and all its related info can be found on the xPL project site
- For the internet-of-things there is a great open source project started by Sierra-Wireless. It is being run under the Eclipse umbrella and already delivered some nice results. Check out Koneki (LDT and OMA), Mihini and Paho.
For a start with UPnP there is a lot of documentation on the forum pages. But there is no real shortcut to UPnP, but here’s where to start
- To get a feel of what it can do, download the UPnP Developer Tools (runs on .NET, so might also work on Mono, but never tried). Use the DeviceSpy utility to examine some of your own devices and fiddle with the actions (Tip: right-click on a service and subscribe to events). Also give the included “Network Light” sample application a try (to fiddle with from Device Spy).
- Read the UPnP Device Architecture 1.1 document (UDA), even if you don’t make it through, focus on sections;
- 1 Discovery (introduction only)
- 2 Description (introduction only)
- 2.3 Device Description
- 2.5 Service Description
- 3 Control (introduction only)
- 4 Eventing (introduction only)
- Browse the device and service specifications. Start with “Lighting Controls_1” which are fairly easy to read, and once you get the concept of those try something more challenging like the Media Server/Renderer stuff.
It was a fun evening, thanks for the invitation guys! If you have any questions or want some more info, just drop a message below.