I have now got some of the equipment for my SafeDuino, as has been mentioned previously I have selected Freetronics for much of my kit for this, sure I could make most of it manually, but I do prefer it being on a circuit board to make it that bit easier to mount.
So far I have obtained the following from a local Jaycar store
- Freetronics EtherMega
- RGB LED, This may yet be changed, as something I would like to do would be easier if I just had the RGB LED itself without the board, well rather easier without the IC on it, the board is prefered however.
- Humidity sensor, Freetronics board mounted, however it is a “common” DHT22
- Reed Switch, this came from my stash of components, but was originally from Jaycar as well
- 2000 Ohm and 8000 Ohm resistors to make a voltage divider
- NDriver Transitor relay, this is to allow me to turn on/off the LED light strip
Good news is all parts have so far passed testing, now its just a matter of waiting for the rest of the items to arive, in the mean time however I will not be slacking I will be using a simulator (Simulator for Arduino from Virtronics) and the components already at hand to start work on this project.
Whats worse is I have already decided on my next project, several (as we have several locations on the property that require it) water tank level sensors, based upon the Freetronics EtherTen, this one has been chosen for that project as I can use the Cisco POE switches I have at home to power it from the network, meaning no external power requirements
Arduino, an easily programmable microcontroller has been around the traps for several years now, but having been out of this “game” since high school I have not given it a second thought until recently when I have wanted to start doing a little home automation, or rather monitoring (for now at least) for my own purposes. Out of this has been born my first Arduino project, SafeDuino (cliché, sure but hey).
As the project name may have led you to believe, it is to keep things safe, but in this case I am not talking about physical security, I am talking about things that need to have temperature and humidity controlled, recorded and alerts sent when needed. Whilst there are commercial products that can do this, and probably by the end of it, will have been cheaper than building my own, the ability of the Arduino to do other things as well is where my interest lies.
Currently what I am planning on achieving with the setup is as follows;
- Dewpoint (as its a calculation based on humidity and temperature
- Magnetic Reed Switch (Door to the cabinet where it is house opening so I can track changes in humidity relative to the door opening)
- 2 Buttons, used in conjunction with LCD Panel
- Turn on 12vdc LED Strip Lights upon the door opening (hey I might as well put the action of door opening to good use to use)
- Turn on a 240VAC Dehumidifier (Ultimately)
I am also determined to output the data to an web feed, either private or semi-public so I can log it and do long term analysis on the data., to this end I have determined to use the EtherMega from freetronics for the base Arduino board, as well as their humidity sensor, perhaps there RGB LED, their N Channel Transistor to drive the LED array, the reed switch is a Jaycar special, the LCD panel and a LCD shield will be coming from makershed.
Let the fun begin….