April 13, 2024

Many people hacker varieties with some {hardware} data and a smattering of embedded expertise want to get into dwelling automation, however there might be fairly a studying curve. When you’re on the lookout for a hackable start line; one thing to deploy, study after which later increase upon, then look no additional than the PicoW Home Assistant Starter undertaking from [Danilo Campos].

The undertaking is predicated upon the arduino-pico core, which helps a complete pile of RP2040-based boards, so that you don’t want to limit your self to the “official” Pico-W, as long as you will have working networking, Wi-Fi or in any other case. Integration is supplied by the arduino-home-assistant library, which acts because the bridge between your sensors and different widgets, MQTT, and thence the community past. Occasions and sensor information on the end-point are packaged up with MQTT and revealed out to the dealer by way of the community supplied, all for minimal preliminary effort. When you’ve obtained the fundamental connectivity to your Residence Assistant occasion working, there are a lot of code examples within the arduino-home-assistant GitHub web page to present you a serving to begin to join no matter tickles your fancy.

It seems we’ve lined HA fairly a bit on these honest pages, like for instance, these candy automated window blinds. One other hack makes use of load cells beneath the mattress legs to detect if somebody is in mattress or not, and if this isn’t your factor, possibly your thought of a house assistant is a little more like this one?