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Home automation has increasingly become a need in our lives. Without even noticing it we have been adding connected elements to our homes and buildings to make our lives easier and nowadays we are surrounded by electronic devices that monitor our environment, control our lighting systems and appliances, and even give us peace of mind by home security systems. Our expectations go even further as we interact with devices remotely using our mobile handsets or locally with voice activated smart speakers.

Although the commercial ecosystem of products that we can find is huge, it is also a fact that most of the solutions are still very expensive to solve simple problems. Furthermore, there are still many uncovered solutions that could be easily developed integrating existing elements. And that’s a point where makers find a bit of frustration, and your frustration becomes an opportunity to dream up creative and ingenious solutions in the quest to make our lives easier. Many of you have told us through a survey that you would commence a home automation project as the very first move into the IoT world. That’s the reason why we decided to build a catalogue with a bunch of ideas that can easily and effectively make a difference to your environment.

A new portal to Arduino home automation projects

The new home automation page can be navigated as a single page to find inspiration, or if you are very into a sub-topic you can navigate the single sections classified into the following categories:

  • Entertainment
  • Gardening & agriculture

Every concept page contains a description, a bill of materials (BOM), and a list of features.

Unleash the potential of the Arduino IoT Cloud

Adding intelligence to our homes is worthless if we don’t have a way to interact with our connected devices.

With Arduino IoT Cloud, you can choose from a catalogue of dozens of configurable widgets for control and data visualisation to set up beautiful and custom dashboards. You can access these dashboards remotely either from your Arduino IoT Cloud portal or the IoT Cloud Remote app.

Arduino Cloud provides seamless integration with Amazon’s Alexa , allowing you to control your projects with voice. Setting up voice control takes only a few minutes, and requires no code.

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You can browse the catalogue to get the full list of ideas and categories. 

Access your dashboards on the go from anywhere at any time, with the ability to interact with your home automation projects using the free IoT Cloud Remote app available on Google Play and App Store or your IoT Cloud portal .

Any feedback is more than welcome, so please let us know on the forum if we are missing a home automation project that you’d like to see included.

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January 11, 2019

24 Essential Smart Home Projects for Beginners

Looking to make your home a little smarter?

Smart home projects range from basic to extremely advanced. If you’re just looking to get started with some home automation technology, these smart home project ideas will keep you busy if you’re a beginner.

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Set your coffeemaker (or grill, or fan, or…) on an automatic schedule.

Smarten up your sprinkler system., invent something smart , monitor and secure your internet. , automate everything with a hub., track your weight, bmi, and bone mass with a smart scale. , automate your lights. , illuminate walls with colorful, smart lighting. , set up voice-controlled light bulbs., get inexpensive motion-detection lights., use light strips to illuminate furniture., regulate your home’s temperature better., have your thermostat turn itself down when you leave. , connect your thermostat to your lights. , download a free home monitoring app., monitor air quality and security in your home with one device., automate your alarm so it arms when you walk out the door., hide a security camera., receive motion alerts. , ditch your keys for keyless door entry., view your cameras on the tv., use a camera with a laser to play with your pets while at work., get a super cheap pet cam. , feed your pet with a smart feeder. , smart home projects.

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If you’re just getting started with smart home technology, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by all of the options.

It doesn’t take much research to begin stumbling over smart home lingo that doesn’t make sense for the average beginner. However, there are plenty of projects that you can get started with, even if you are completely new to smart home tech.

We originally published this article with 21 ideas, but since then we have expanded and added more ideas for beginners. These are categorized below to help you find a project that matches your dream smart home.

Browse through our list to discover an idea for getting started!

Smart Home Projects Around the House

Use Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch to automate anything that plugs into an outlet. This lets you control a lamp, fan, Christmas tree, or other small appliances with your phone using the WeMo app.

belkin wemo insight

Set your devices on a schedule to turn on at a certain time each day, or connect them with Alexa for voice controls. You can also see how much energy certain products use to figure out where your energy bill is going each month.

Meet  Rachio .

It’s the most popular smart sprinkler system available, and it works with Alexa, Nest, Wink, IFTTT, and others. It makes scheduling  and adjusting your irrigation system much easier.

rachio smart sprinklers

If you’re asking why you would need a smart sprinkler system, then think of it this way: if it’s raining, Rachio will delay its watering schedule, so you’re never watering your lawn in a rainstorm. In other words, Rachio is one of those smart home devices that eventually pays for itself, while making your life easier.

If you’re looking to work in some STEM education with your kids, you’ll want to check out the littleBits Smart Home Kit.

You can use it to build your own garage door monitor, bark tracker, laundry alert, or literally anything else you can imagine. Yes, this might be marketed towards kids, but we are all kids at heart, especially when it comes to smart home projects this cool.

Little Bits Smart Home Kit

Dojo is completely dedicated to cybersecurity in the home. It monitors your Internet to tell when something is different, such as a hacker trying to get into the system. It alerts you with in-app chat messages to help you squash any threats before they get into your network.

How is this not already in every home?

Dojo Smart Security

To take your home automation to the next level, you will want to purchase a hub, such as SmartThings (check out some of our favorite SmartThings ideas here ). This is a small square device that plugs into your router. Compatible devices communicate with your hub, which connects them all to the internet. This makes for a better connection.

It’s also easier to control these devices using a hub, since you can manage them all within the same app. So when you leave home, you can easily have your lights turn off, your thermostat turn down, and your front door lock. Using a hub and smart home devices that are compatible with that hub, it is much easier to create these kind of automations.

Fitness lovers and those looking to lose weight should get the Easy@Home Bluetooth Smart Scale .

Track your progress via the HealthKit app in the iPhone. Data can automatically import into MyFitnessPal, a popular app for fitness that will motivate you towards health by working with friends and family.

Easy at Home Smart Scale

Smart Light Projects

lifx smart light bulb

Using in-app scheduling or the third-party app  IFTTT (If-This-Then-That), it’s super simple to have your smart lights turn on everyday at 8 p.m., or when you walk in the door using motion sensors.

If you feel like getting creative, have them flash your favorite team’s colors after a touchdown. LIFX and Hue  are great, inexpensive bulbs to get you started with scheduling.

Philips Hue Bloom behind TV

“Alexa, turn the lights down to 10%.” “Alexa, turn off the kitchen lights.”

Using Alexa or Google Assistant and compatible smart light bulbs like LIFX, you don’t have to fumble through a million apps on your phone or walk across the room to turn off the lights. Voice commands are easier than ever.

The new Echo Plus 2nd gen  also works as a ZigBee hub, allowing you to control ZigBee lights without an additional hub like Wink or SmartThings. The ZigBee protocol means you can extend the range of your lights and purchase inexpensive lights to outfit your home with compatible lights that aren’t expensive.

You may be shocked to know that you can get motion detection lights for under $20.

XYMO’s battery-operated , LED motion-detection lights are perfect for stairs, restrooms, or other areas that need illumination at night.

Zubu Motion Light

These aren’t technically “smart” since they aren’t connected to the Internet. For those, go with SmartThings sensors and compatible bulbs or light strips. When motion is seen in front of the sensors, the lights can turn on automatically.

This is one of my favorite smart home projects.

Light strips add an entirely different dynamic to your home. With colorful, smart light strips, you can accent the unique features around your home with colors to match the mood: yellow in the morning to energize you, and cool blue in the evenings to calm you for some shut-eye.

Hue Smart Lightstrip in Kitchen

Make sure you check out our popular light strips video for some of our favorite light strips and tips on how to install them in your home.

Smart Thermostat Projects

With a smart thermostat like Ecobee3 , you can install sensors in each room of your home to monitor the temperature and automatically adjust the energy usage for each room. This is a great smart home solution to that annoying cold room in your house that usually requires several blankets.

ecobee3-smart-thermostat-sensor

Nest also sells a temperature sensor now, and we compare it with Ecobee’s in this article .

nest 3

One of the best energy- and money-saving features of smart thermostats is their ability to adjust based on whether you are home or away.

Nest uses Home/Away assist to track when you leave home and automatically adjust itself. This feature will save you energy and money. Other smart features including notifications for if your home gets above a certain temperature, and the option to adjust the thermostat remotely with your smart phone.

Once you teach your  Nest Learning Thermostat your schedule, it can control more than just your home’s temperature. Connect Nest with Philips Hue lights so that when your thermostat is set to away, it tells the lights to turn off via IFTTT .

Smart Cameras & Security Ideas

How does a completely free smart home project sound?

Manything (Monitor Anything) is a free app that can turn a tablet or old phone into a security camera. You can even set up motion alerts and detection zones to get notified when movement happens in a certain area. It’s completely free , with optional upgrade plans for cloud storage. They also sell phone stands to hold the device in place.

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Image courtesy: Manything

All-in-one home monitoring devices like Canary  do much more than just monitor movement. Canary uses HomeHealth to check for gasses in the air. Piper monitors humidity and temperature. Both have 90+ decibel sirens to scare off any intruders, making them more like security systems in some ways.

canary comparison

Scout home security system monitors doors and windows and is easy to self-install. It also works with IFTTT to automatically arm when you leave for work.

Other security systems to look into are SimpliSafe, Nest Secure, and Ring.

scout smart security sysetm door panel

Image Courtesy: Scout

There are lots of reasons you may want to hide a security camera to see what really goes on at your home. One reason is to deter thieves from stealing or destroying your cameras; if they are installed in plain sight, it’s basically inviting them to smash it.

We compiled the best ideas for hiding a security camera either indoors or outside. It’s easier than you think!

You can’t stare at your security camera all day. That’s why setting up motion alerts is critical.

Whether you’re making sure your teenager isn’t ditching class, or keeping an eye out for intruders, you can receive a variety of alerts including email, phone calls, notifications, and anything else you can think of.

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Even some of the cheapest security cameras have motion alerts, but you can compare all your camera options here  to find the best one for your budget.

With August smart locks , you don’t need to fumble through your bag to find keys to unlock your front door. The smart lock replaces your current deadbolt and gives you complete control over who has access and for how long. It also can unlock when you walk up to the door for super easy, yet secure entry.

August Smart Door Lock

You can easily view select security cameras on your TV. We did this with Arlo cameras and Chromecast , but you can also use other cameras and streaming services (for example: Wyze Cams and Fire TV). Once it’s all set up, just say “Ok Google, show [camera name] on [TV name],” for example: “show front porch on family room TV.”

This is a great way to check who is at the front porch, how the baby is doing in her crib, or what that creepy noise was in the backyard. Plus you can do it hands-free on your TV’s nice big screen, so you don’t have to worry about digging up your phone.

Smart Home Projects for Pets

Yep, this actually exists . If you’re wanting to entertain your pets while you’re at work, Petcube Play has as built-in laser pen as a perfect smart home project for you. It can get your cat or dog running laps around the house for hours. You can control the laser or have it run automatically for effortless entertainment.

When you’re just watching your dog during the day to make sure they don’t destroy your home, a simple, inexpensive camera will do the trick. The Wyze Cam  is a great example of a cheap camera—it’s just $25.

wyze cam review

I still haven’t decided if this is the greatest invention of all time or completely unnecessary, but either way it’s pretty awesome.

Smart Pet Feeder

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  • 100+ Home Automation Ideas with Tutorials: from Simple to Amazing

No silly gimmicks. This collection of home automation ideas will actually make your home more enjoyable for you and your guests .

I’ve personally implemented many of the ideas in this list. These all came from our DIY Home Automation project . Pictured above is a 3D Floorplan of our home. It is made interactive with Home Assistant.

As I was building the cabin , I found many of the home automation ideas to be silly and gimmicky. Many solutions end up being clunky and hard to use. For example, changing light scenes with a smartphone app seems fun at first. Until friends come over and turn off the light switch. Or you get tired of pulling out your phone from your pocket and unlocking it when you have an armload of groceries.

After many years of experimentation, I compiled this list of home automation ideas from the things that actually made the home more convenient to use .

About these Home Automation Ideas

Each idea has a difficulty level:

  • Beginner home automation ideas: Use pre-built products ( linked ) and require little experience.
  • Intermediate home automation ideas: Include tutorials and link to source-code for existing software on an Arduino/Raspberry Pi.
  • Advanced home automation ideas: Bring your own creativity ( knowledge of coding, electronics, etc. may be required ).

I’ve tried to include links and tutorials wherever I can… but there’s a lot in this list! Leave a comment at the end if you’d like a deeper exploration into one of the topics.

Have home automation ideas to add to this list? Use the contact form to let me know!

I happen to use Home Assistant for all of my home automation ideas. It’s a popular open-source solution. It does not send your data to companies like Google and Apple. Some of the links below will reference Home Assistant in particular. All the ideas would translate to other home automation platforms.

Lights and Lighting

  • Install smart lights ( Philips Hue, Lutron, or similar ).
  • Use smart switches ( Philips or Lutron ) so power is never cut to the bulbs.
  • Turn on/off lights at certain times of the day.
  • Turn on hallway lights for a period of time after motion is detected.
  • Create different light scenes, like party or relax .
  • Create a kiosk for controlling lights and scenes with Home Assistant (or similar).
  • Turn on/off lights based upon who’s home ( see: Presence and Motion detection ).
  • Add ambient lighting to a home theater ( see: Movies and TV ).
  • Make light fade in/out rather than switching on/off.
  • Build an Arduino light-up alert to indicate when something happens.
  • Create “status lights” that change color to indicate when something important has happened, like when a guest arrives ( see: Security and CCTV ) or the garage door is left open.

Sound and Music

  • Use Sonos to have speakers in each room playing the same music.
  • Create a kiosk for controlling sound/music with Home Assistant (or similar).
  • Make your own “Sonos” multi-room sound system with spare parts .
  • Create your own Airplay+Spotify server to play music on the multi-room speakers.
  • Make a “loudspeaker” alert system .
  • Change the audio source for each room (Airplay, Spotify, etc.)

Related: DIY Multi Room Sound System

Use any speakers to create a DIY multi room sound system. Each speaker (receiver) in this home stereo system is perfectly synchronized with the others, and can wirelessly play music from anywhere.

Movies and TV

  • Automatically download new movies/TV every night .
  • Run your own media server with Kodi .
  • Raise/lower a projector screen with Harmony Home Hub (or similar).
  • Turn on/off a TV/projector with Harmony Home Hub (or similar).
  • Create a kiosk for controlling movies/TV with Home Assistant (or similar).
  • Store movies/TV on a DIY NAS .
  • Use ambilight to add a colorful pop behind the TV/screen.
  • Raise/lower a projector screen with a custom IR controller or wired connection.
  • Build a RetroPi (DIY video game system).
  • Build a score counter or light-up display for a sports team or video game.
  • Automatically open/close blinds/drapes when the TV turns on/off to improve lighting.

Related: Home Media Center & Server

A home media center that automatically records TV shows and movies so that they can be watched from any TV or device in the house.

Presence and Motion Detection

  • Use motion sensors (like SmartThings) to tell when a room is occupied.
  • Add mobile devices (with GPS) to Home Assistant .
  • Create a sensor for the presence of each individual in the household.
  • Use DIY bluetooth beacons to detect which room a person (phone) is in.
  • Assign unique door codes to each guest and detect who has entered .
  • Use MotionEye to detect guests with cameras .
  • Ping a phone’s static IP address on the LAN to detect presence.
  • Use geofencing to turn on/off certain notifications/alerts.
  • Use multiple presence signals (GPS+beacon) for greater accuracy.

Security and CCTV

  • Integrate a security system like Nest or Arlo with Home Assistant .
  • Automatically re-lock doors after they are closed.
  • View all your cameras, regardless of brand, from anywhere in the world using MotionEye .
  • Automatically (un)lock the doors when you leave/arrive ( see: Presence and Motion Detection ).
  • See who is at the door by adding the video feed from the doorbell to Home Assistant.
  • Detect when someone arrives using MotionEye .
  • Add sensors for gas and other security hazards .
  • Build miniature ESP32 spy cameras for ~$10 each.
  • Build your own DIY smart doorbell .
  • Use machine learning ( DOODS /TensorFlow) to detect people, pets, cars, etc.
  • Add facial recognition to distinguish between guests.

Temperature and Climate

  • Automate smart thermostat ( Nest , EcoBee , HoneyWell ) with Home Assistant .
  • Save money by turning off heat/AC when nobody is home ( see: Presence Detection ).
  • Turn heat/AC back on before someone arrives home ( see: Presence Detection ).
  • Build cheap, accurate temperature sensors for more precision.
  • Create a climate dashboard with Grafana/Prometheus .
  • Heated towel racks, radiant floor heating, etc.
  • Turn off heat if a window is open ( or warn that it is open ).
  • Build a DIY 3-zone thermostat .
  • Automatically open/close blinds/drapes.
  • Automate (de)humidifiers to control humidity levels.

Family and Home-Care

  • Add door sensors (SmartThings, or similar) to alert when a door is left open.
  • Use Home Assistant to set reminders for household maintenance like taking out the trash, replacing filters, etc.
  • Alert when a pet might be in danger .
  • Create a kiosk with the family TODO list on the main screen.
  • Add sensors for water leaks .
  • Create a 3D Render of the floorplan which reflects the current states.
  • Deter thieves with a “vacation mode” that simulates normal household activity.
  • Turn off unnecessary automations with a “guest mode.”
  • Automatically generate unique door codes for Airbnb guests .

Pets & Plants

  • Use a Tile ( or other GPS location device ) on a pet’s collar.
  • Automatically water plants .
  • Automatically feed pets.
  • Detect where pets are in the yard with computer vision ( see: Security and CCTV ).
  • Build a smart dog toy.

Internet and Home Networking

  • Build a home server .
  • Install an ad-blocker like PiHole or AdGuard Home.
  • Monitor all network traffic to find out why it’s slow.
  • Turn a Raspberry Pi into a DIY router .
  • Track cellular data usage to prevent going over limits .
  • Install ethernet ports in every room for maximum reliability/speed.
  • Use Kubernetes to deploy an IOT fleet .

Related: Set Up a Home Network Connection

From security to speed , there are many reasons to understand your home network connection. Learn networking basics, as well as build your own router to speed up the internet at home.

Cars and Travel

  • Open/close the garage automatically when someone arrives/departs.
  • Build a DIY dashcam .
  • Use connection bonding to speed up the internet .
  • Track speed and fuel usage with OBDII.
  • Open a different garage or door based upon who is arriving/departing.

CNC and 3D Printing

  • Use Octoprint to monitor 3D prints.
  • Use MotionEye to monitor CNC machines.
  • Turn on/off devices ( i.e., a shop vac ) automatically when a cut/print starts/stops.
  • Automate tool changing.
  • Automate stock loading.

Appliances and Misc.

  • Create morning/night automations for coffee pots,
  • Use the Harmony Home Hub (or similar) to control anything that uses a remote.
  • Turn on/off appliances automatically ( see: Presence and Motion detection ).
  • Monitor power usage with Grafana and Prometheus dashboards .
  • Conserve power by automatically shutting off unnecessary appliances.
  • Use IRC on a Raspberry Pi or Arduino to control anything that uses a remote.
  • Create a relay box for turning on/off power outlets.
  • Notify when the washer/dryer/oven/dishwasher start/stop.
  • Install low-voltage wiring for centralized control of each outlet.

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Finally a list that is just an actual list. Thank you very much

Glad you found it useful!

Thanks… this list is great! Now I just need to learn how to code to be able to do them!

Yes, home automation is a way to make life easier for us, less stress and make life comfortable.

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6 DIY Smart Home Projects With the ESP8266 You Should Try

Make your home smarter with these projects based on the low-cost ESP8266 microcontroller with Wi-Fi connectivity.

Are you looking to add some smart home features to your home but don't want to break the bank? Implementing a cheap Wi-Fi module in your DIY projects might be just the answer you are looking for.

In today's digital age, it's never been easier to turn your home into a smart, connected living space. Based around the ESP8266 Wi-Fi system-on-chip, development boards such as the NodeMCU and Wemos D1 Mini offer a versatile, low-cost open source IoT platform that allows for seamless integration into a variety of home automation projects.

Transform your house into a smart haven with these six DIY projects implementing the ESP8266.

1. DIY Intruder Alarm System

Secure your home like a pro with this advanced DIY home security system using the powerful Home Assistant software with Raspberry Pi and the ESP8266 as an add-on to provide wireless control.

The Raspberry Pi serves as the central hub for the system, running the Home Assistant software and connecting to various sensors and devices through the ESP8266. The sensors and devices can include door and window sensors, motion detectors, security cameras, and smart locks, among others. This project uses a reed switch and a toggle switch to provide feedback which can be used to operate the entire system.

Using the Home Assistant software, you can configure the system to send alerts or notifications if any of the sensors are triggered or if there is any suspicious activity. You can also control the system remotely through your smartphone, allowing you to monitor and secure your home from anywhere.

Download : Home Assistant for Raspberry Pi (Free)

2. IoT Based Smart Energy Meter

Take control of your home's energy usage with this advanced DIY energy management system using the Blynk IoT platform interfaced with the ESP8266.

This system utilizes sensors and devices to gather data on your home's energy usage and sends this data to the NodeMCU. Its ESP8266 microcontroller processes and analyzes the data to determine the most efficient ways to use the appliance or device.

The Blynk app serves as the interface for the system, allowing you to monitor and control the energy usage of your appliances and devices in real time. You can use the app to track the energy usage of each device, set energy usage goals, and receive alerts when you exceed your goals, with scope for customization. This energy management system has the flexibility to monitor as many devices as you desire.

Using the Blynk app, you can also program the system to turn off devices when they are not in use or to prioritize the use of certain devices based on your energy goals. This helps you optimize your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills.

Download: Blynk for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

3. Smart Thermostat Using the ESP8266

The idea of a "smart thermostat" is one that has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. With the advent of low-cost microcontrollers, such as the ESP8266, it's now possible for anyone to build their own smart thermostat setup at home, without the need for expensive equipment or professional installation.

Once your ESP8266 is wired up to your thermostat, you have the power to revolutionize the way you control the temperature of all the rooms in your house. The NodeMCU, with its powerful ESP8266 microcontroller, allows you to build a fully custom thermostat system that can be tailored to your specific needs. Imagine walking into a cool home on a hot summer day, or a warm home on a chilly winter evening, all without lifting a finger.

With a simple program, you can set your thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature based on the time of day or the weather outside, ensuring that your home is always at the perfect temperature.

You can also build a DIY Household Energy Monitor Using ESP8266 which makes use of Home Assistant.

4. DIY Smart Plant Watering System

Say goodbye to the stress of inconsistent plant care with the ultimate solution for busy plant owners: a smart plant-watering system using an ESP8266-powered NodeMCU and the Blynk app.

Gone are the days of constantly checking and watering your plants, only to end up with either over-watered or parched plants. With this system, you can customize the watering schedule to meet the specific needs of your plants. Simply input the desired frequency and duration of watering sessions into the Blynk app, and the NodeMCU will take care of the rest.

But that's not all—the Blynk app also allows you to monitor the moisture levels of your plants in real time, and adjust the watering schedule accordingly. And if you're away from home, you can still keep an eye on your plants and control the system remotely through the app.

Not only is this system convenient and time-saving, but it also helps to optimize the growth and health of your plants. With precise watering schedules, you can ensure that your plants are getting the hydration they need without the risk of over- or under-watering them.

5. DIY Smart Access Escape Room

An escape room with smart access can keep your "bolthole" private and secure! By implementing the ESP8266 wireless module, you can create a smart access system that uses voice recognition or fingerprint access to control the doors and other features of your escape room.

This means that you can have peace of mind knowing that other people won't be able to access your room without your permission. Whether you're relaxing at home or away on vacation, you can use a phone app or web interface to control the doors and other features of your escape room, ensuring that your privacy is always protected.

But an escape room with smart access isn't just about security–it's also a lot of fun! You can inject some excitement into your home by integrating the ESP8266 Wi-Fi module with voice recognition or fingerprint access.

6. DIY Motion-Sensing LED Stair Light

A DIY motion-sensing LED hallway with smart control is not only a fun and practical energy-saving home automation project, but it can also provide a sense of comfort for your family. If you have kids who are afraid of dark hallways and stairs during midnight nature calls, this project can be a lifesaver!

Using an ESP8266 Wi-Fi module and a motion sensor, you can control the LED lights in your hallway and create a welcoming and well-lit environment. When someone enters the hallway, the motion sensor will detect the movement and trigger the LED lights to turn on, providing a bright and reassuring path for you or your kids to follow. Learn how to build a smart motion-sensing light switch .

Your Dream Smart Home Awaits!

Making smart home conversions can be fun with ESP8266-based development board such a NodeMCU or Wemos D1 Mini. Its WiFi-based GPIO control offers convenience and flexibility, making it a popular choice among novice and experienced makers seeking to build automation projects.

Being versatile and easy to use, the ESP8266 is a low-cost tool that lends itself to a variety of home automation projects, giving room for your creativity to take its course while making your dream smart home come to life.

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Arduino projects have gained immense popularity among both seasoned makers and beginners due to their ability to blend innovation and fun. Whether you have years of experience or are just starting out, Arduino offers a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to get started. Additionally, the vast community support surrounding Arduino ensures that you will never be alone in your journey. From online forums to tutorial videos, there are plenty of resources available to help you along the way.

One of the most exciting aspects of Arduino projects  is the endless possibilities they offer. Whether you are interested in robotics, home automation systems, or interactive art installations, Arduino provides the tools and resources you need to bring your ideas to life. The flexibility of Arduino allows for customization and creativity, enabling you to tailor your projects to suit your specific needs and interests.

Captivating Arduino Projects in Robotics and its Endless Possibilities:

In this article, we will take you on a journey through captivating Arduino projects in robotics . These projects are not only designed to inspire and educate, but they also showcase the incredible potential of Arduino in the field of robotics. From simple obstacle avoidance robots to more complex autonomous drones, these projects demonstrate the power of Arduino in creating intelligent and interactive machines. 

Whether you are a student looking to expand your knowledge, an engineer seeking to enhance your skills, or simply someone who enjoys tinkering with technology, Arduino projects offer a world of opportunities. With its user-friendly interface and vast community support, Arduino is the perfect platform for turning your imagination into reality. So why wait? Start exploring Arduino projects today and embark on a journey of innovation and fun.

Discovering the Versatility of Arduino in DIY Robotics:

Obstacle avoiding car:.

The Obstacle Avoiding Car project is an exciting entry into the world of robotics. By utilizing ultrasonic sensors, this project allows beginners to learn how to build a car that can detect obstacles and maneuver around them independently. It serves as an excellent introduction to Arduino and robotics, making it the perfect choice for individuals who are interested in exploring sensor integration and autonomous navigation.

With step-by-step instructions and a complete video tutorial, this project provides all the guidance needed to successfully create an obstacle avoiding car using Arduino .

Smart Vacuum Cleaning Robot:

On the other hand, the Smart Vacuum Cleaning Robot project offers a convenient solution to manual floor cleaning. Powered by Arduino, this robotic vacuum cleaner eliminates the need for human intervention by intelligently navigating through the space and cleaning efficiently. Equipped with sensors and smart algorithms, it can detect obstacles and adjust its path, accordingly, ensuring a thorough cleaning experience.

This project showcases the potential of Arduino in creating advanced home automation devices and provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about programming, electronics, and robotics.

Web-Controlled Raspberry Pi Surveillance Robot:

Upgrade your home security with the Web-Controlled Raspberry Pi Surveillance Robot. This project is a combination of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, which allows you to monitor your home remotely through a user-friendly web interface. With this sophisticated yet accessible DIY solution, you can enhance your home surveillance and have peace of mind knowing that your home is secure no matter where you are.

The Raspberry Pi Surveillance Robot offers advanced features such as live video streaming, motion detection, and even the ability to control the robot's movements from your smartphone or computer. This innovative technology provides a convenient and effective way to protect your home and loved ones.

Automelette: Automated Articulated Omelets Cooking Robot:

In the kitchen, automation is becoming increasingly popular, and the Automelette cooking robot is a perfect example of this. By utilizing the Arduino platform, this robot chef is designed to prepare omelets with precision and efficiency. With the Automelette cooking robot , you can say goodbye to the hassle of flipping omelets and worrying about overcooking or undercooking them.

This innovative device takes care of all the cooking steps, from cracking the eggs to whisking them to perfection, and even flipping the omelet at just the right moment. With its articulated arm and precise controls, the Automelette ensures consistent results every time. Whether you're a professional chef or just someone who enjoys cooking at home, this automated cooking robot can revolutionize your culinary experience by saving time and effort while delivering delicious omelets on demand.

PCA9685 Multiple Servo Control:

The PCA9685 Multiple Servo Control project is an excellent opportunity to elevate your robotics skills and take them to new heights. By learning how to simultaneously control multiple servos, you'll open up a world of possibilities in robotics design and implementation.

This project allows you to explore complex robotic movements and master precise control mechanisms, giving you a comprehensive understanding of servo motor control. Whether you're a beginner looking to expand your knowledge or an experienced hobbyist seeking a new challenge, this project offers a deep dive into the exciting world of robotics.

Mars Rover Robot:

The Mars Rover Robot project offers an exciting opportunity to embark on a simulated Martian exploration mission. Inspired by NASA's exploration rovers, this DIY rover showcases the potential of Arduino in space exploration. By building and programming your own Mars rover, you'll gain hands-on experience in designing and operating robotic vehicles for extraterrestrial missions.

This project is not only engaging but also highly educational, allowing you to learn about the challenges and complexities of exploring other planets. As you navigate the simulated Martian terrain, you'll develop important skills in robotics, programming, and problem-solving. 

Arduino Color Sorter Machine:

The Arduino Color Sorter Machine project showcases the immense power of industrial automation. With the integration of TCS3200 color sensor technology, this machine is able to accurately sort objects based on their color, making it a valuable tool for a variety of industrial applications. By automating the sorting process, businesses can significantly increase their efficiency and productivity.

The Arduino Color Sorter Machine is a practical solution that highlights the capabilities of Arduino in streamlining processes and improving overall operational efficiency. Whether it's in manufacturing, logistics, or quality control, this project demonstrates the potential of industrial automation to revolutionize various industries.

Bluetooth Biped Bob Robot:

Another exciting project that allows users to interact with robotics in a fun and engaging way is the Bluetooth Biped Bob Robot . This friendly biped robot is designed to respond to commands from a smartphone via Bluetooth communication. With its interactive features, the Bluetooth Biped Bob Robot offers an immersive experience that combines technology and entertainment. Users can control the robot's movements, engage in simple tasks, and even play games with it. This project not only showcases the capabilities of Bluetooth technology but also emphasizes the potential of robotics in enhancing our daily lives.

Whether you're a seasoned maker or just starting out, there's something truly exciting about taking a collection of simple components and turning them into something amazing. And that's exactly what Arduino projects allow you to do. You'll learn new skills, gain a deeper understanding of electronics and programming, and have a lot of fun along the way.

So, gather your components, fire up your creativity, and let's embark on this journey together. Get ready to be amazed at what you can create with Arduino. The only limit is your own imagination!

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  • “Hey Google, good morning” brings lights up gradually, starts a mellow playlist, turns on kitchen lights. Now you’re ready to start the day!
  • “Alexa, turn on party time” drops disco ball from the ceiling, starts up LED color changing lights, turns your favorite party playlist up at max volume.
  • Queue the movie, even when the remote is lost in the couch cushions. A voice command can start up the Blu-ray player, dim the lights to 30%, draw the shades, and set the perfect ambiance for enjoying movies!
  • Need a few more minutes of sleep? “Echo, turn on Sleep In” can close all the shades, lock the doors, start a relaxing playlist, and help you get that extra hour of beauty rest.
  • In a hurry? “OK Google, time to go.” flashes the lights in the kids' rooms, blasts an annoying fog horn noise, and lets them know that it’s time to get their shoes on. Now.

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A home automation is when you program a smart home device perform an action automatically each time something happens (a trigger). Basic automation example: your smart lock sees your phone's location as you arrive home, then automatically unlocks the door.

More advanced automations require multiple smart home devices that are compatible with the same smart home platform (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit). Advanced automation example: flash a set of smart lights when the home office door is opened.

Some complex automations require additional software aside from the native platform of the smart home devices.

For example, IFTTT is a tool that takes automations to the next level by creating a chain of rules that start when something changes. For example, IFTTT could turn off your thermostat when the price of electricity gets beyond a certain threshold.

You might need an extra hub, like a SmartThings , Hubitat , Harmony , or Home Assistant , but most automations in this post shouldn't need anything aside from the compatible smart devices and/or IFTTT.

Smart Lights

Summary: Smart lights are a good start for smart home gear. You can set them to turn on and off by schedule or based on your phone's location. You can also use them with other smart home devices to make more complex automations.

What You Need: You can’t go wrong with Philips Hue , LIFX or Nanoleaf smart lights. I’ve heard good things about Eufy and IKEA too, but I haven’t tried either yet. I've recommended Philips Hue for years and still like them, but Nanoleaf smart lights work via Thread (without a hub), which gives them a slight edge in my book. I currently use over 12 Nanoleaf lights in my house. And unlike other smart lights, the more Nanoleaf lights you add, the stronger your mesh network/connection gets.

Smart switches cost more than smart lights, but they offer more flexibility. With smart switches, you have the option to use physical switch or an app, whereas with smart lights, the switch remains on all the time, which can confuse visitors.

  • Use your smart lights at a lower brightness to conserve energy.
  • Have your lights slowly dim just before bedtime.
  • Dim and change your lights to a warmer color (more reddish) once the sun sets to improve your sleep.
  • Have all the smart lights turn off when everybody has left the house via a geofence.
  • Have some lights turn on when you arrive home via geofence.
  • Have a light gently wake you up in the morning via regular smart light, Philips SmartSleep, or Casper Glow Lights rather than your phone's alarm.
  • Set the lights to randomly flash to make it appear as if you’re home when away.
  • Have a specific light or set of lights flash as a reminder to take out the trash.
  • Automatically turn on your lights at sunset.
  • With Harmony Hub or Home Assistant, dim the lights when you start watching a movie.
  • With Harmony Hub or Home Assistant, turn up the brightness on the lights when you pause the TV.

Smart Plugs

Summary: Smart plugs turn your regular devices into smart devices. It’s a great way to connect a standard lamp, coffee maker, Christmas tree, or other electronic devices to the internet.

What You Need: I recommend the Wemo Mini Smart Plug . it’s compatible with all three major smart home platforms (HomeKit, Google, and Alexa), it doesn’t require a hub, and it has a slim profile.

I’ve tried the Amazon Smart Plug and Kasa Smart Plug, and they work well too.

  • Make any lamp smart – use voice commands, create schedules, or use your phone’s location to control the lights.
  • Turn on your Christmas tree when you arrive home and after sunset.
  • Create a schedule to turn off power-hungry appliances not in use.

Smart Thermostat

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Summary: Smart thermostats save money by optimizing when heating and cooling systems should run based on a schedule. They track patterns, sense which rooms are occupied, and use a phone’s location to get a sense of when and how to run a given system.

What You Need: Nest Learning Thermostat is great for those who want to save money without thinking. If you’re a tinkerer and want more control, Ecobee Smart Thermostat is compatible with all smart home platforms, but it’s harder to install if your house doesn’t have a c-wire.

  • Use your phone’s location (geofence) to change the temperature when you leave home or arrive home.
  • Take advantage of a smart thermostat’s ability to keep the fan running after the AC compressor turns off . The coils generate cool air after they’re off, so why not pump the “free air” throughout your house?
  • Get notified when it’s time to change your HVAC’s filter.
  • With IFTTT, set your thermostat to stay at the same temperature for set hours when electricity prices go above a certain threshold .
  • Get a notification when the humidity reaches a certain level.
  • Get a notification when the thermostat’s motion sensor detects motion to let you know someone is home.

Robot Vacuums

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Summary: Robot vacuums can’t completely replace human or manual vacuuming yet, but they’re on their way. The problem is that they’re loud and I don’t like listening to them when I'm home. To fix this, create schedules for your robot to run its cleaning cycle or setup triggers to go back to its base when people arrive.

What You Need: For entry-level robot vacuums, I recommended Eufy for years. But if you want to integrate a robot into your smart home, and have mapping to avoid your bot from getting stuck in troublesome areas, the premium Roomba and Neato vacuums have more to offer.

  • With IFTTT, have your robot start its cleaning once you leave home .
  • With IFTTT, send your robot to its base once you arrive home .
  • With IFTTT, automatically pause the cleaning when you answer a phone call .
  • Create a voice command to send the robot vacuum back to its base whenever a guest arrives.

Smart Locks

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Summary: Smart locks are my favorite smart home product because they improve my life without adding complexity. It’s a great way to track who’s opened the door and when they’ve opened it too. Some smart locks automatically unlock when you arrive back home too.

What You Need: I’ve reviewed more than ten smart locks over the last three years. The Yale smart locks are what I recommend because they’re compatible with all smart home platforms and have user-friendly software made by August. And the newest lock Yale locks come with Apple Home Key, which allows you to unlock your door via NFC (on your phone or watch). The Schlage Encode Plus and Level Lock Plus are two other great options if you're in the Apple ecosystem.

  • Create individual access codes for kids, guests, and extended family members. Then, get a phone notification when specific people arrive home.
  • Give access codes to babysitters, maids that only work during certain parts of the day.
  • Have a certain song play out your speakers when certain people arrive (based on which entry code is used).
  • Set your door to automatically lock after a set amount of time has passed. With most smart locks, you can pick intervals between 30 seconds and one hour long.
  • Use the August Auto-Unlock feature to have your door automatically unlock once within a few feet.
  • With IFTTT, turn on a smart light or smart switch whenever the door is unlocked .
  • With IFTTT, disarm your security system whenever the door is unlocked.

Summary: Door and window sensors aren’t special by themselves, but they become powerful when you combine them with a smart home platform (HomeKit, Alexa, Google, Wink) and another smart home device. There are motion, water, multipurpose sensors too. Smart sensors will work as your trigger that tells another smart home device to perform an action.

What You Need: Ring, SimpliSafe, SmartThings, Eufy, Aqara, and Eve make door and window sensors, but each requires a specific hub made by the corresponding brand. If you already have a hub, pick the sensor that works with it. Once you have a sensor installed, you’ll need HomeKit Automations, IFTTT, or Alexa Routines to implement the ideas below.

  • Receive email or text alerts if motion detectors are set-off in or around your home.
  • Get notified when your refrigerator is left open or slightly ajar.
  • Save money on lighting costs by having motion sensors shut lights off after a certain number of minutes.
  • Use a multipurpose sensor to get an alert when the washer is done with your clothes so that you can move it to the dryer.
  • Get notified when there’s a leak in the basement.
  • Create a trigger for lights to flash when your office door is opened by another household member. This is helpful when you’re in the zone and wearing noise-canceling headphones and you don’t want to be frightened.
  • Have your smart speaker alert you to get some fresh air when a sensor notices you haven’t left the room you’re in.
  • Get a notification when certain cabinets are opened in your house (whether it’s to keep teens from liquor or toddlers from potentially dangerous cleaning supplies).
  • Install a sensor on or inside your mailbox that alerts you upon its arrival or as a way to confirm something has been picked-up.
  • Set the front door to send an alert when it is left open.
  • Automatically change the temperature of the thermostat when you open a window.
  • Have a motion detector trigger cameras that stream to Fire TV or Chromecast.
  • Use smart light strips as accents lights that trigger with a motion sensor. Light strips are less harsh on the eyes during a midnight trip to the bathroom than a ceiling light.
  • Create a trigger that warms up your mattress via the Eight Sleep when your bedroom gets too cold.

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Summary: Mesh WiFi systems have improved many internet connections by extending and solidifying the coverage. The mesh systems from Google and Eero have cool automations for families who want to limit their kids’ internet usage.

What You Need: Google Wifi and Eero are great systems. You can create access schedules in each respective app, but Google Wifi only works with Alexa, while Eero works with Alexa and Google. Overall, I recommend Eero because the network is typically more stable.

  • Pause the network during dinner time. You can do this with a schedule or with a voice command .
  • Group all the devices on your network by their owner. Then, create a scheduled downtime for the groups. It’s great for bedtime or homework time.
  • Pause a group of devices at any time.

Smart Doorbells

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Summary: Smart doorbells are great for monitoring when packages arrive, but they can work as a trigger to perform an action within your smart home too.

What You Need: Nest Hello is a fine system, but it’s locked into Google’s ecosystem meaning it can’t perform many automations. Ring Doorbells work with Alexa, SmartThings, Google, and IFTTT, but they don’t work with HomeKit. Yobi and Netatmo work with HomeKit, but I haven’t tried either.

  • Get a notification when your packages arrive by using a smart doorbell with motion alerts.
  • Pause the TV when someone rings your doorbell.
  • With IFTTT, have your lights flash on and off when someone rings the doorbell.
  • With IFTTT, pause a Roomba or Neato vacuum when someone rings the doorbell.

Smart Blinds

Summary: Smart blinds are a convenient way to control the amount of light in your room without having to get up from the couch. They come in two types: a complete unit that includes the blinds or shades, or a motor that can be attached to your existing blinds to make them "smart." With smart blinds, you can easily adjust the amount of light in your room using a smartphone app or other remote control.

What You Need: Ikea’s FYRTUR smart blinds work with Google, Alexa, and HomeKit and they’re reasonably priced (starting at $129). Lutron Serena and Tilt MySmartRollerShades are other notable smart blinds, but they’re over $400 each. Soma Smart Shades 2 is a motor that connects to your current blinds to make them smart.

  • Have blinds work around the sun, making the most of natural light for heating and cooling.
  • Close blinds when you want to watch a movie during the daytime.
  • Open blinds at a particular time to aid wake up.
  • Close blinds during the night when you want privacy.
  • Open or close blinds based on your location.

Summary: All smartphones are equipped with an NFC reader, which is typically used for contactless payments like Apple Pay, but you can take advantage of your phone's reader by using NFC sticker tags.

Scanning an NFC tag with your phone can trigger an action that you program. For example, whenever you scan a tag, it adds a specific item to your reminder list. I have an NFC under my office desk that turns on my studio lights for my YouTube videos.

What You Need: Any NFC tags on Amazon will work. Get a bag of 20 tags for around $10. You set-up the automation with the Siri Shortcuts app on iOS or Tasker on Android .

  • Scan a tag when you complete a task to check it off your list or to create a reminder to do it again.
  • Scan a tag next to your door to unlock your smart lock.
  • Scan a tag when you run out of a household item to add it to your shopping list.
  • Scan a tag when you’re ready to work to disable all phone notifications.
  • Scan a tag to keep track of when a vitamin or pill was taken.

Smart Buttons

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Summary: Smart buttons serve as the minimalist, multipurpose controllers in your smart home setup, seamlessly triggering numerous automated actions with a simple press, hold, or double press. It took me a while to adopt that into my smart home, but they're one of my favorite smart home accessories because of their simplicity.

These buttons don't require wiring, which grants you the freedom to place them anywhere. They're perfect for accessing your smart devices when it's not convenient to talk to your voice assistant or use your phone.

What You Need: The Tuo and Aqara smart buttons . The Tuo button shines with its magnetic back, user-friendly programming, and compatibility (via Matter) with all smart home platforms. Aqara buttons are equally impressive, but they require a separate Aqara hub.

  • Toggle Lights and Devices: Program your button to control multiple lights or devices, turning them on/off with a simple press.
  • Scene Control: Customize your button to initiate particular scenes like "Movie Night," adjusting multiple devices to create the perfect ambiance.
  • Securing Your Home: Use the button as a panic alarm; a press could sound an alarm and send notifications to your phone, enhancing your home’s security.
  • Simplify Routines: Assign morning or bedtime routines to a button, adjusting various devices like lights, thermostats, and coffee machines with a single press.
  • Music Control: Integrate the button with your sound system. A press could play/pause music, adjust the volume, or skip tracks, catering to your auditory preferences swiftly.

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If you're considering upgrading an existing home automation system or installing a new one, exploring the ever-expanding field of home automation DIY may be an option. As home automation becomes more commonplace, the devices, software and hardware required to automate your home's various systems are becoming more user-friendly. That said, DIY home automation is generally still not recommended for novices—in particular, if you're going to be working on any system that interfaces directly with your home's electrical grid (unless you have solid electrical engineering chops) you should seek professional help.

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For expert-level tinkerers, though, DIY home automation can be an extremely appealing project—especially for those who also happen to be cost-conscious. Professional home automation installation and maintenance can come with a significant price tag, so the ability to install and maintain your own system could potentially offer great savings over time.

The most fundamental function of any home automation system is to integrate electrical devices with each other. In the past, the systems controlled through home automation were often hard-wired to a home's electrical system. Modern systems are often connected to the home's computer network, letting homeowners control them remotely from any computer or mobile device—this also means that in addition to expertise with electrical systems, those with computer software and hardware expertise will be particularly well-suited for DIY home automation projects.

For DIY home automation beginners, setting up a whole-house home automation system can be a major technical challenge, even for those with serious technical knowledge. However, for smaller-scale systems or ones that control only a few aspects of home automation, homeowners may be able to install their own home automation networks, even without a great depth of technical expertise.

The main systems controlled by home automation are security, lighting, HVAC and outdoor sprinkler systems. In addition, there are many other uses for home automation, including the use of robots for interior cleaning, pool maintenance and exterior landscaping. In terms of DIY home automation, home entertainment and home lighting are two systems that can be quite easily configured without professional training or expert knowledge.

Many systems that control lighting or home entertainment operate on a timer that plugs into a wall outlet or connect directly to the home's electrical grid, so that some or all of the home's lighting fixtures and electronics can turn on or off at predetermined times. The chief benefits of lighting and entertainment automation are energy and cost savings, but automating these systems may also have a hidden security benefit—a well-lit home with entertainment appliances running may be less of a target for criminals.

Automated lighting and entertainment systems will require a connection to the home's electrical grid; they can be controlled remotely or via in-home controls. DIY lighting and entertainment automation can be quite simple, requiring only a power source and a connection between lighting or entertainment fixtures and an automation hub device. Using this straightforward approach can be a great option for small homes or single rooms, allowing homeowners to control lighting and entertainment via in-home controls, or, if the automated system is connected to the home's wireless network, from anywhere with an internet connection.

More complexity is involved in DIY projects to automate a home's security system (audio-visual expertise), HVAC (heating and air conditioning expertise) or sprinkler system (plumbing expertise), or if the homeowner wishes to create a whole-home automation system controlled remotely or by an in-home hub. Additionally, whole-home automation of lighting and entertainment systems for larger homes or multiple rooms/areas of the home may require significant expertise.

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Nowadays automation systems have become widespread in several industries by playing a vital role in dominating many process-related operations. We live in the world of automation wherein most of the systems have become machine-driven, such as industrial automation , automation in homes and alternative business sectors. Home automation systems advancing towards mechanization processes whereby less human efforts are required by the machinery equipment to control numerous systems in homes. It involves automatic controlling of home appliances using completely different technologies and controllers over desktops, laptops good phones or tablets. Automation systems are classified into two types: industrial automation system and home automation systems.  Automation systems are classified into two types such as industrial automation system and home automation systems. Home automation systems are further classified into three types: Power line Based Home Automation Wired or BUS Cable Home Automation Wireless Home Automation . This article discusses the home automation projects that use Android, DTMF, RF, Arduino, and touch screen.

Home Automation Projects

Home automation projects are implemented by using various technologies: Arduino, DTMF, Android, touch screen, etc. The list of home automation projects is given below:

Arduino based Home Automation

The main intention of this project is to design a home automation system using an Arduino board with Bluetooth technology and to control it remotely by any Android operating system based smartphone.

Home Automation Project using Arduino

The proposed system uses a Bluetooth module, which is interfaced with the Arduino board at the end of the receiver. At the transmitter end, a GUI (Graphical User Interface) application on the cell phone sends ON/OFF commands to the receiver. By touching the particular location on the GUI, the loads at the receiver end can be turned ON/OFF remotely via., this technology. The loads are operated by an Arduino board through Thyristors and Opto Isolators using TRIACS.

Home Automation by Android Application based Remote Control

The main goal of this project is to design a home automation system with an Android application that can be controlled remotely. This proposed system uses an Android OS based smartphone or tablet, upon a graphical user interface based touchscreen operation. To achieve this, the Android application acts as a transmitter, which sends the ON/OFF commands to the receiver where loads are connected.

Home Automation by Android Application

By touching a particular remote switch on the transmitter, the loads can be turned ON/OFF via wireless remote. This project uses a microcontroller of 8051 families. The loads at the receiver end interface to the microcontroller using Opto-Isolators

Home Automation Using Digital Control

The main objective of this project is to design a home automation system that is capable of being controlled remotely by using a landline connection. The proposed system controls any home appliances through landline if someone dials the chosen umber for an exact load. Dialing can be done from the home phone or any other outside phone. This project is designed without engaging any programmable microcontroller. But, it is based on digital logic using TMF technology, which helps receive the commands from the land phone to develop digital output.

Digital Control Project

Furthermore, this digital signal is processed to activate the switching mechanism via a relay driver to turn ON/OFF the loads. It can be used to switch appliances from anywhere. This project gives a new direction to the development of home automation.

RF-based Home Automation System

The main aim of this project is to design a home automation system with an RF controlled remote . This project provides a simpler solution to RF technology.

RF-based Home Automation System

This project uses an RF remote that is interfaced with the microcontroller on the transmitter side, which sends On/OFF commands to the receiver where the loads are connected. The loads are interfaced to the microcontroller using Opto-Isolators and TRIACS. In this system, the microcontroller used is from the 8051 families. By operating a particular remote switch from the transmitter, the loads can be turned ON/OFF remotely through wireless technology.

Touch Screen based Home Automation System

The main intention of this project is to design a home automation system with a touchscreen-based control panel.  To achieve this, a touch panel is interfaced with the microcontroller on the transmitter side which sends ON/OFF commands to the receiver where the loads are connected. By touching the particular portion on the touch screen panel, the loads can be turned ON/OFF remotely. Furthermore, this project can be developed by using a GSM modem interfaced with the control unit. By using this modem, a user can control home appliances by sending an SMS.

Touch Screen based System

Some More Home Automation Projects

The list of some more home automation projects is discussed below.

Google Assistant & Voice Control based Home Automation

Day by day, the development of essential assistants such as home automation, Alexa, voice-controlled home applications and Google Assistant are becoming very famous. So there are different types of home automation system projects available like simple projects to IoT based. But the proposed system is used to design a practical home automation system board that can be arranged in AC power units on walls. This board interrupts the working of power unit switches by operating through switches. But this project is used to control the load with the help of Google assistant, voice-controlled & setting the timer. So that load can be operated in a fixed time.

ESP8266 based Smart Junction Box Design for Home Automation

This project is used to design a smart junction box with the help of ESP8266 for home automation. In this project, the switches in the junction box can be toggled through remotely with a computer or phone. By using this project, toggling of any AC loads can be done where the current rating of these loads should not exceed 5A. By using the ESP module, AC loads can be increased, and also power ratings can be increased through relays with high ratings.

Home Automation Controlling through IR Remote using PIC Microcontroller

This project is used to control different AC loads with the help of an IR remote using a PIC microcontroller. By using any ordinary remote, we can able to toggle any AC load by sitting on the chair/bed. This project has the feature of controlling the fan speed using TRIAC by pressing buttons with the help of IR. This IR remote generates infrared signals which can be received through the microcontroller to control the relays using a relay driver IC.

To control the AC loads, the different IR signals from the remote are received by the microcontroller which then controls the respective relays via a relay driver. By using relays, the connecting and disconnecting of relays can be done like Fan or Lights.

Home Automation Controlling through PC & Arduino Uno

This project is used to design a home automation system using Arduino and PC. By using this project, different electrical & electronic devices can be controlled with the help of a computer by turning ON/ OFF the loads like TV, Fan & Light. This project uses a controller like an Arduino Uno board & a 5V relay to attach light bulbs through the circuit.

Raspberry Pi based Lights Controlled through Voice

This proposed system can be designed to control the LED lights through voice commands using a smartphone. By using this project, voice commands can be sent to Raspberry Pi by using a smartphone & Bluetooth Module. The signal which is received by the Raspberry Pi module can be done wirelessly to perform a particular task. Instead of LEDs, we can replace home appliances through relays to build a home automation system project controlled through voice.

Home Automation using 8051 & Bluetooth

This project is used to design a home automation system using Bluetooth & 8051 microcontroller. This project is mainly used to control the home appliances from anywhere using Bluetooth of the smartphone. Here the range of Bluetooth is 10 to 15 meters so that home appliances can be controlled. In this project, the data can be received from the smartphone with the help of a Bluetooth module & microcontroller, so that this microcontroller controls the home appliances.

Home Automation System using GUI, Arduino & MATLAB

This project is used to design a home automation system with the help of Arduino, GUI & MATLAB for controlling the home appliances. The communication used in this project is wired to send the data from MATLAB through a computer to the Arduino board.

In this project, MATLAB & GUI is used with the help of a computer for creating some buttons. These buttons are used to control home appliances. The communication between the MATLAB & Arduino can be done by installing the MATLAB software & Arduino IO Package for Simulink Support.

Home Automation Controlled through IoT, Particle Cloud & Raspberry Pi

The most famous powerful & low-cost computer is Raspberry Pi. Similarly, the Particle cloud is one of the scalable, reliable & secure platforms in an IoT. There are several IoT allowed Particle devices namely Electron, Photon, Xenon, etc. The functions of these three are different based on the requirement. Here, the connection from Raspberry Pi to IoT cloud can be done using different IoT platforms like ThingSpeak, Blynk, etc. This project is mainly used to control home appliances using IoT, Particle Cloud, and Raspberry Pi.

Home Appliances Control using Mobile

The proposed system namely mobile-based control of home appliances is mainly used to control the appliances of home with the help of a smartphone. This project does not need any type of microcontroller.

Home Automation Project using Lab View

This project is used to develop an automation system for a home using the LabVIEW tool. This is a data acquisition tool that can be used to control home appliances.

IoT based Automation System for Home

This project uses mobile phones or computers for controlling home appliances using the internet from anyplace. This system employs Intel Galileo which works by integrating wireless communication, cloud networking for providing the user to control the home appliances using the remote.

Automation System for Home or Industrial using GUI MATLAB

This project uses a microcontroller based on AT89c51 as well as GSM technology. This technology works like a medium of communication. This project is used to control the appliances using PC MATLAB

Web Architecture based on IoT & Interface of Smart Home with GSM

Web architecture allows the user to monitor & control different smart devices with the help of the Internet. This architecture plays a key role in creating an interface between smart home & user with the help of the Internet & GSM. It creates a wireless communication using GSM from the server to home.

PLC & SCADA based Automation System

This project is used to design a home automation system that can be controlled through PLC & SCADA. This project is mainly used for controlling the home appliances.

Home Automation System using Renewable Energy

In-home automation systems using renewable energy projects, there are two things that are mainly considered as energy consumption & generation. By using Zigbee, energy consumption monitoring can be done for home equipment & PLC is used for monitoring the generation of energy.

Android Phone & GSM based Automation System for Home

This project designs a system namely a Device control system using GSM. For smartphones, this system employs an App Inventor. This is one kind of visual programming platform that is used to develop mobile applications used for smartphones based on Android.

Monitoring of Home & Automation through Cloud

This project is used to design a low-cost automation system using the cloud with the help of This project is used to design a low-cost automation system using the cloud with the help of Arduino Uno & Uno32 based Digilent Chip KIT

Automation System of Home & Building based on SOA Framework

This project uses an SOA framework to control the automation system. So this framework includes different layers to manage mixed embedded devices.

Automation System of Home with Energy Efficient

This project is used to design an energy-efficient system by using a wireless sensor network element. By using this system, home appliances can be controlled.

PLC based Safety Control of Home Automation Implementation

This project is used to design reliable & accurate industrial automation using PLC because practically reliable automation is not possible. So automation controlled through PLC is a better choice.

Home Automation & Security System based on Web in Real-Time

This project is mainly used for controlling home appliances through the self-control system & interaction of humans. In manual operation, home appliances can be controlled automatically with the help of Wi-Fi enabled device or PC.

Home Automation System based on Hand Gesture

This project is used to design a home automation system controlled by hands gesture used for visually challenged. By using the hand’s gesture of the user, home appliances can be controlled.

Home Automation using ARM

This project uses ARM as well as a mobile phone for controlling the appliances. This project uses two systems; one is used for recognizing the sensor’s abnormal conditions & works accordingly. Similarly, another system informs the sensors of abnormal conditions.

Solar Energy based Automation System for Home

This home automation system project uses a solar panel as well as other parameters also considered while operating this system. This project uses solar energy to control the appliances at home.

Android & RTOS based Automation System

This project is designed with low cost, compact & secured home automation system. This project uses an android based phone to control home appliances.

Home Automation System through Flexible Task Scheduling

This flexible home automation system is designed at a low cost. This project is programmed and remotely controlled. The main intension of this automation system is to control the appliances at the home.

Mobile & Cloud Network-based Home Automation

This project uses a cloud network, touch-based mobile, power line, and wireless communication for providing the user to control the home appliances remotely in the home.

Web Server based on Embedded for Controlling Home Appliances

This kind of project is used to control the appliances of home with the help of a remote terminal, internet, and server. This project uses interface cards, PCs, a microcontroller with software based on window type & software for controlling microcontroller.

Home Automation System using PIR & Video Transmission Exclusively

The proposed system namely PIR & video transmission based home automation system. This system is used to monitor the home. Once any person enters the home, it captures the images with the help of a camera & forwards through an e-mail. This system gives an alert to others.

Home Automation Project Ideas for Engineering Students

The list of home automation project ideas includes the following.

  • DTMF based Home Automation System using Microcontroller
  • Zigbee based Home Automation Wireless Sensor Network
  • TROS based Home Automation System using Android
  • Design of a Microprocessor-based Automatic Gate
  • Remote-controlled Home Automation System via Bluetooth Home Network
  • Android Based Home Automation Systems and Its Applications
  • Zigbee Based Voice Control system for Smart Home
  • Implementing Computerized and Digitally Mobile Home
  • Automation System towards security system and Electric Appliance Control
  • Android ADK based Home Automation and Security System
  • Home Automation via Bluetooth
  • Zigbee based Home Appliances controlling through Spoken commands using Handled Devices
  • Microcontroller based Home Automation System with Security
  • ZigBee Home Automation System
  • Bluetooth Remote Home Automation System using Android Application
  • Real-Time Clock Based Solar LED Street Light Automation Using RTC and I2C Protocol
  • Home Automation Project using 8051 Microcontroller
  • Touch Screen Project Ideas for Engineering Students on Home and Industrial Automation Systems
  • Home Automation using GLCD & Touchscreen
  • Home Automation through ESP8266 12E
  • ESP-32 & IoT based Home Automation
  • Power Outlet using IoT
  • Multiple Devices Controlling through RF
  • AT89C51 based Equipment Control Wirelessly
  • Raspberry Pi based See & Speak
  • Raspberry Pi operated Home Media Centre
  • PC based Device Controlling
  • HAD- Home Automation Dashboard
  • Siri & Raspberry Pi based Home Automation
  • AVR based Smart Automation in Home
  • A PIR Motion Sensor hacking using an ESP8266
  • Motion Detector of Raspberry Pi using Photo Capture
  • Raspberry Pi & Node-RED based Recognition of Car Plate
  • Sonoff Smart Switch with Reprogram & Web Server
  • Alexa with ESP32 & ESP8266 for Relay Controlling through Voice
  • Multisensor Shield Design for ESP8266
  • Node-RED based Multisensor Shield
  • ESP8266 based Nextion Display
  • Addressable RGB LED Strip using WS2812B & Node-RED
  • Raspberry Pi Camera using Node-RED
  • 12V Lamp Controlling through an SMS & Arduino
  • Home Automation System with Bluetooth Remote & Android Application
  • Intelligent Voice Activated (IVA) Automation
  • Home Automation System through RTOS & Android

Home Automation Projects using Arduino

Please refer to this link to know more about an Arduino Board. Here is the list of Arduino based home automation system projects .

  • Chirp Powered Arduino based Home Automation through Acoustic Connectivity
  • Arduino based Home Automation Control through Voice and Google Assistant
  • Home Automation System Controlled by Alexa using Arduino Board & ESP-01 Wi-Fi Module
  • Arduino based Home Automation using GUI, Matlab
  • AC Home Appliance Temperature Control through Arduino & Thermistor
  • Sound Sensor based Whistle Detector Switch of Arduino
  • Home Automation Controlled through IR & Arduino
  • Home Lights Controlling through Arduino UNO & ATTP223 Touch Sensor
  • Home Automation Controlled by Smart Phone & Arduino
  • DRIVER Shield of Relay using Arduino

DTMF based Home Automation Projects

The list of DTMF based home automation system projects includes the following.

  • DTMF & AVR based Smart homes
  • DMTF based home automation System without using Microcontroller
  • 8051 Microcontroller based Home Automation
  • Signal Controlling of DTMF for House Monitoring System
  • Home automation project using GSM
  • Offline Speech Recognition based Home Automation
  • Home Automation System using GSM
  • Bluetooth based Home Automation Projects
  • The list of home automation projects based on Bluetooth includes the following.
  • Home Automation using Bluetooth & 8051
  • Home Automation using Android, Bluetooth & PIC Microcontroller
  • Home Automation & Security System with Bluetooth & ARM9
  • Advanced Home Automation Design using GSM & Android
  • Home Automation System Design through Java ME used for Mobile Phone

Zigbee based Projects

The list of zigbee based home automation projects includes the following.

  • ZigBee Protocol based Home Automation
  • Wireless Home Automation through Zigbee
  • Zigbee based Home Automation System using Speech Recognition Module
  • ZigBee & PandaBoard based Home Automation System
  • Home Automation using Wireless Sensor Network & Zigbee
  • Home Automation System through Voice Recognition & Zigbee

WiFi-based Projects

The list of Wi-Fi based home automation projects includes the following.

  • Home automation System using Wi-Fi
  • Arduino Wi-Fi & Android Controlled Home Devices through ESP8266
  • Advanced Home Automation using Wi-Fi
  • Home Automation Controlled through Wi-Fi & Android

The home automation projects mentioned above along with the description and a list of project ideas will be quite helpful for the students. Such latest home automation projects can be implemented by using different technologies like Android, DTMF, Arduino, Zigbee, Bluetooth, etc. We believe that our latest home automation projects will offer immense help to the III and IV year engineering students and make them select suitable electronics projects for their project work. Apart from these projects, students can also give their feedback by commenting in the comment section below.

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