Youâ€™re probably not alone if youâ€™ve ever had the â€œClapperÂ®â€ jingle stuck in
your head. Although â€œClap on, Clap off, Clap on, clap offâ€¦the Clapperâ€
can become a maddening tune running through your head, the Clapper still has
the distinction of being one of the first home automation products. It might not
seem inherently â€œsmart,â€ but it provides a home-friendly function with just the
clap of the hands.
This book steps beyond the simple functions of the Clapper, introducing you
to a number of products that can be used for everything fromcontrolling lighting
levels, watering your lawn, closing your drapes, and managing sundry appliances
in your home.
We start simply, introducing you to some concepts in the world of Smart
Home. This includes some of the terminology, an explanation of various products
and projects, as well as some design basics. From there, we look at specific
projects. Each chapter introduces a new project that you can refer to as you build
your own Smart Home.
The core of our Smart Home is the Omni II security system by Home Automation,
Inc. This provides not only security functions, but also ties in various X10
devices that can react when an alarm is tripped. While this device is not necessary
to complete most of the projects in this book, it does provide an
understanding for intermediate and advanced Smart Home projects that ......