Since I lack the time to write a lot of text but did want to share some thing going on here, I thought it would be nice to share some images of my Web-app which I’ve developed. I started with it in 2012 but most of the work has been done in some spare time since the last half year.
Below the first and last page I made: the Home screen and a handy page with just the five most important buttons while relaxing on the couch, watching TV after another day of work.
The icons on the Home screen take you to pages for controlling lights, roller shutters, thermostat, garage door, front door lock, robot vacuum cleaner, alarm, what’s left, info pages, TV and house modes & settings.
The first remark after I deployed the web-app to my wife and kids was: “it’s nice that I can control everything, but I can’t see what’s happening at home while I’m away” – that’s what some of the pages below have been added as well:
Temperatuees, humidity, energy consumption; the latter one helped me to conclude that the thermostat of an old refrigerator was indeed broken.
Roller shutters, lights and some various things…
As you can see: just a bunch of simple icons, no flashy colors, animations or other distracting things – hey, I’m no graphic designer and I don’t wanna be – much too hard for me to do… but it’s working great and that’s the only thing that really matters to me 😉
The more part in the title is about a couple of things that will all happen very soon and which are all just as exciting and worthy enough to get their own dedicated posts:
- finally, in about 3 weeks we’ll have 12 solar panels on our roof, the Node script for monitoring the inverter is already on stand-by 🙂
- fiber Internet connection of 50/50 Mbit should be functional around the same time, working on a real router to take over the function the Fritz!Box 7490;
- this WordPress blog will probably be moved to an Odroid or Banana Pi;
- I’m also switching from Windows-based hMailserver to Postfix/Dovecot (+ add-ons)
Somewhere in December all of this should be fully functional – you’ll read all about it in the near future!