Voice Activated Home Automation with Siri and ioBridge

[mark] tweeted about his “Voice Activated Home Automation” system that uses Siri on the iPhone sending commands to the ioBridge X10 controller.

If you say, “Siri I’m cold”, the iPhone sends a command to the ioBridge API to turn on the furnace. Siri warmly replies, “Lighting the fire place, this is cozy.” What is really neat is how the interface is voice commands, but the language is natural.

Here are some other home automation commands demonstrated in the video:

  • Siri turn on the Christmas lights
  • Siri turn on the living room lamp
  • Siri turn off everything

Markt makes use of SiriProxy to intercept commands spoken at Siri and reroute them to the ioBridge API to control the X10 widgets connected to the ioBridge IO-204. For more information about the project, visit Mark’s blog for a detailed description and things that you need to make your own voice activated home automation system.

[via MarkHodder.com]

Happy Holidays from ioBridge

Santa vs. Domo

Santa vs. Domo

We wanted to take a moment and thank all of our customers, users, developers, and everyone that makes up the ioBridge Community. Our wish to you and yours is that you have a safe and happy holiday season. Enjoy your downtime, friends, and family.  See you in the New Year!

Enjoy some projects…

  • Xmas-Box.com — Interactive Christmas lights sync to music, songs are selected on web site, and if you are local you can listen to the music on your radio as you watch
  • Pacific Lights – Control Christmas lights in New Zealand
  • Serv O’Beer – Have your iPhone pour a beverage for your New Year’s party
  • Santa vs. Domo – Play with some interactive toys on Andy Leer’s blog and let Santa have it
  • iPhone Controlled Lights – Control your Christmas lights with a touch of your iPhone using the open ioBridge PHP Proxy

Cheers.

Web Controlled Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are one way to celebrate the holidays. If you want to take the tradition further, why not web-enable your your xmas lights and let the world watch, control, and interact via the Internet. A couple of ioBridge users did just that – they took their holiday lights to Griswold levels.

Nathan Kennedy of Pacific Lights and Kennedy Technology has created an interactive display of reindeer and Christmas Star stakes covered in Christmas lights. You can watch his display all the way from New Zealand and switch them on or off on his website. He uses the ioBridge IO-204 connected to an arduino to control the lights on his website. It’s lots of fun controlling someone else’s holiday display.

Christmas Lights Controlled via a Web Page

Christmas Lights Controlled via a Web Page

Noel Portugal of Oracle has created an interactive holiday lights display using a mix of technologies. The result is Christmas lights synchronized to songs that are selectable on a web page, www.xmas-box.com. Inside the box are solid-state relays to control the lights, an Adafruit Wave Shield for Arduino Kit, and of course, the ioBridge IO-204 module to add some interactivity to his website. Noel details the procedure to create your very own Christmas Light Controller Box on Instructables.com and on his blog. On a related note, Noel also won third-place for his Dropping Spider ioBridge project featured on Instructables this Halloween! His neighbors must love him!

The Xmas Lights Controller Box in Action

The Xmas Lights Controller Box in Action

Happy Holidays!

Lights around the World

Julia Tsao created an interactive project for her thesis that turned out to be a social experiment involving her family scattered around the world. Her family spans the globe from California to China and she created a way for her mom, her dad, and herself to interact and ultimately be connected to each other. Julia’s “The Strangers Project” is a lamp with 3 light bulbs. One lamp is controlled by Julia. The other two bulbs are controlled by her mom and dad.

Lamps

Lamps

Using a few ioBridge IO-204′s, light sensors, relays, and wires, the lamps are able to sense when they are turned on and are able to turn on other light bulbs. Each participant received a controller box that houses the electronics and are interconnected using ioBridge.com web services.

ioBridge Controller Box

ioBridge Controller Box

When Julia comes home from a late night of “studying” and turns on her light, her light comes on, and her bulb in her mom’s and dad’s lamp comes on as well. The same goes for her mom and dad – they all know when each other turns on a light.

Light On

Light On

Julia found her mom using it to signal her before she called Julia. They all learned a little about each others daily habits while having a glowing reminder of each others presence.

We were impressed by this novel use of the ioBridge system. Since our modules are connected thru our platform, the modules can interact with each other – Julia was the first one to create a project based on this functionality.

Our hope is that “The Strangers Project” made Julia’s family a little closer and discovered a few unexpected results of her “brilliant” project. For more information about Julia’s fascinating projects visit, juliatsao.com.