(2012-09-17 04:42)dkplayaclub Wrote: Maybe it's just me, but this seems like a lot of work to avoid flipping a light switch.
Oh my good sir, believe me it seems just like how you described it, but it is so much nicer to have features like this once you've had them. I mean I'm lazy (not fat just lazy). When I go to bed I dont have to do a once over on my house seeing if I left any lights on, I just hit a button. Or if I forget they all go off anyway at a certain hour.
Simple things offer a number of interesting possibilities when you have a computer and some scripting skills sitting between it. I totally get your point though, when I tell friends they're very "so what" about it. Recently I gave a few modules to my friend and he used it to better automate his salt water fish tank system (they're very delicate apparently). He won't shut up about it now, "changed his life" sort of thing.
When I sit down to watch a movie, I can flip my kitchen light off from my tv remote. That same kitchen light I forgot to turn off when I got up to grab a snack, now I gotta get up again? I don't think so.
My doorbell is probably the grandest project I've done so far, for something so plain as a door bell:
-Someone pushed door bell, if at night my porch light gets a little bit brighter when they press it, for effect
-My door chime rings in my house and in my garage
-My IP camera on my porch snaps a handful of photos of whos at my door
-An email gets sent to my phone, makes a doorbell noise, and displays the photos (currently working on a push based app for my phone, so no email required)
-IF I'm playing music on XBMC it get's paused for a moment
-On xmbc a notification pops up saying my door bell rang, and a live video feed shows up in the bottom corner for 10 seconds
--This gets broadcast to 4 XBMC instances in my house, so no matter where I am watching something, I can see that someone shows up and who. Very cool and cost $80 in parts.
Point being all this is possible when you invest in a home automation system, even if I just started out with controlling a couple of lights. Taking my doorbell example, many people own IP cameras, but are they taking full advantage of what they purchased and using it like this?
I'm constantly thinking of what I can do with this stuff that I hadn't considered before owning it.