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Netduino Home Automation Projects

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Matt Cavanagh

With this book you could have the home of tomorrow, literally tomorrow. Its totally practical approach is perfect for the hobbyist who wants to use Netduino to automate their home. Full of fun projects and clear instructions.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849697828
Paperback108 pages

About This Book

  • Automate your house using a Netduino and a bunch of common components
  • Learn the fundamentals of Netduino to implement them in almost any project
  • Create cool projects ranging from self-watering plants to a homemade breathalyzer

Who This Book Is For

This book is ideally suited for someone who is interested in home automation, has some experience in C#, and has used a Netduino before but wants to explore more advanced topics. However, the book starts from the very basics so it can be picked up even by novices.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Your New Toy
Prerequisites
Hello world
Summary
Chapter 2: Lights, Camera, Action – Sound-controlled Ambient LEDs
Things you need
The project setup
The Netduino code
Other ideas and hints
Summary
Chapter 3: Get Connected – Bluetooth Basics
Why Bluetooth?
Things you need
The project setup
Coding
Summary
Chapter 4: Let There Be Light – By Clapping or Tapping
Double clap
Déjà vu…
Things you need
The project setup
The Netduino code
Other ideas and hints
Summary
Chapter 5: Honey, I'm Home – Automated Garage Doors with Your Mobile Phone
Various approaches
Things you need
Modifying your remote
Setting up the remote
Coding
Other ideas and hints
Summary
Chapter 6: You've Got Mail, and Here's a Flag to Prove It
Things you need
The project setup
The Netduino code
Other ideas and hints
Summary
Chapter 7: I'm Completely Dude, Sober – a Homemade Breathalyzer
Things you need
Setting up the breathalyzer
The code
Using your breathalyzer
Other ideas and hints
Summary
Chapter 8: Hide Yo' Kids, Hide Yo' Wife –with Automated Locks!
Things you need
The project setup
The Netduino code
Usage
Other ideas and hints
Summary
Chapter 9: Rogue Alert: Detecting Intruders in Your House or Fridge
Things you need
Setting up the triggers
Code for the triggers
Go wild
Summary
Chapter 10: Saving Lives – Automated Watering
Things you need
The project setup
The Netduino code
Usage
Other ideas and hints
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Write some simple code for a Netduino
  • Use a microphone to determine the noise level of the room
  • Power the sensors and components with external power supplies
  • Control existing technology and appliances around your house with transistors and relays
  • Link your smartphone to your Netduino with Bluetooth as a controller
  • Determine alcohol on your breath
  • Use servos to control physical objects
  • Use a matrix keypad to secure your house and much more

In Detail

In recent years, electronics have gone from something that only electronic engineers can understand, to a common hobby that is accessible to all. Netduino has grown to be a part of this revolution, providing a development board that is both easy to use, and allows existing .NET developers to build on knowledge they already have.

Most developers have wild ideas about all the gadgets they would develop to make the world a better (or easier) place, but have no idea how to get beyond blinking an LED. The topics contained go beyond what most books cover, taking an in-depth look at how to use Netduino for practical projects.

This book starts off by showing you how to do the “hello world” of electronics – fade an LED in and out. It will take you right through all the fundamentals, including how to control a wide range of electronic sensors.

You will learn how easy it is to automate various parts of your home. You will learn how to open your gate with your smartphone, automatically water your plants, get emailed when someone invades your territory, connect up a keypad to unlock your door, make your own breathalyzer, control your home theatre, and much more!

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