There’s nothing quite as delectable for your next home automation project as Raspberry Pi. If you’ve been living under a rock and are unfamiliar with this amazing little device, it is essentially a hobbyist’s dream. It is a small, embeddable computer that costs around $30. Projects with it range from making remote controlled Lego robots, to putting one in space. For physical computing and automating your home, it is a great form-factor, and there are a plethora of projects to choose from. You are really only limited by your creativity. Some example projects I’ve been investigating:
- Automating your home sprinkler system so that it adjusts the schedule depending on the weather
- Wiring up your own Nest-like thermostat controller
- Controlling your garage door with Siri
This last one was a good use case for me, as we had just re-done the garage doors and I didn’t want a control panel marring the new fascia we had installed surrounding the door frame. I wanted to keep it clean but still wanted to be able to open the door if I wasn’t in the car. What better way than with Siri!
You can find instructions for this project here.