This week in class we started off with talking about our projects to the rest of class. I got to hear about the rest of the classes project and some of the NASA projects that will be happening off campus at KEK and on Mauna Kea. My project is going to be a amazon alexa voice controlled home automation hub that will be powered by raspberry PI. I will add components and and container around the PI and plug speakers and a microphone and other components directly into the PI. I used the next class to start a parts list. From the outside to the inside my parts I need are 1 a case that I can 3d print. Next a lcd display for PI that I could use but don't have to. Some sort of speaker mechanism that will allow the speakers to be on the outside of the casing. A microphone in a place where it can clearly pick up audio. A small power bank that can power multiple usb devices. Lastly a raspberry PI 3 that I have. The last class of the week I attempted to start working on my PI. Since this is my first time using a PI i had some problems. I couldn't get my PI to connect to a monitor. I got a red light that showed the PI was on but for some reason nothing was showing up on the monitor. Next class I will look up online and see about some trouble shooting for PI’s not working. I can also try using other PI’s to see if its the monitor that's the problem.
May 1 2017
Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
Working Title: Oliver Kettner
Department: Independent Science Research
Term : Year
My project is a home automation system that can be created with Arduino. It will work with components already in the average household to save time, money and increase security.
Introduction & Goals
I am proposing an independent project to follow up on what I have done this year. This year In B period ISR I got to explore the world of home automation, programming, and team based projects. Next year I want to make a home automation hub, sort of like an amazon Alexa that will go with my components I made this year. I want to do this as well as start with some software development. I want to do my hub and software development because It is what i'm passionate about and what I want to do in college and for a job. Is Home Automation from big name companies worth the cost? I believe that home automation is the future and that all homes in 15 years will be automated. Although at this point in time I don't believe it's worth thousands of dollars for a simple door lock that you can control from your phone. That's what I want to change. I want to create Arduino and PI based system that can be recreated and do everything that big brand systems can do. I also want to go into areas that they haven't gone into yet such as working with IOT and hacking appliances to make them automated.
Implementation & Challenges
I plan to complete this project by using what I have made this year and what other people around the world have done and bring it all together into one super system. So far in my ISR class I have spent many hours on Arduino forms and Instructables seeing and learning from other peoples project. I have learned about lots of components in Arduino and how to program with Arduino. Some challenges I have faced have been debugging. I have done components of my projects in short amounts of time but debugging them or getting them to work is what takes up a majority of my time. With my project I will do next year I am anticipating having some trouble with using Arduino and PI together in one system.
Impact and Legacy: What do you expect to learn from this study? How do you expect it to matter to you and beyond (at HPA, locally, globally)?
I want to create a home automation hub because I believe that smart homes are the future of houses. You spend so much of your life in your home so why not make it smart. Making it smart can allow you to control most aspects of your home to do what you please. I want to learn more coding languages and start learning how to create software because that is what I want to pursue in college and after college for a career.
This was an instructables post that showed a complete home automation system. I want to plan to do this but also have a smart hub to control all of it as well as your phone.
This was another Instructables post that was a Alexa like system. This one was called noodle and is what I want to base my smart hub on.
This was a post on an electronics website on web servers. I will need this to connect my smart hub to wifi.