Smart Home

A concept wireless smarthome system built using arduino.

Process

Ideation
Concept testing
Prototyping
Physical construction

Tools Used

Arduino
Fritzing
IR, Hall effect & Light sensors
Craft materials

Purpose

HCDE Project
Physical Prototyping (Fall 2016)

Team

Individual Project

Introduction

The wireless smart home system lets the residents control the lighting and security system wirelessly from the confort of their smartphones. The fully automated home has a password protected door, smartphone controlled lights and smart alert system to prevent residents from flood and zombies. This prototype was built as a part of my Physical Prototyping course.

Features

Fully wireless interactions.

The home is controlled by a smart phone and there are no physical buttons.

Security Features

1. Security mode that can be turned on or off.
2. Password controlled door.
3. Smart door that detects intrusion.
4. Smart floor that detects presence of intruders.
5. Presence aware porch that promts for password when someone is at the door.
6. Flood & Zombie alert system that deploys an SOS becaon during flood or zombie attack.

Lighting Features

1. Wirelessly controlled home lights.
2. Lights turn on automatically when residents enter home after sunset.
3. Lights can be dimmed using smart phone.

Ideation

I was always curious about wireless home interactions and I wanted to explore and build a truly smart home system that can be wirelessly controlled without having the need for fixed physical buttons.

I began by creating a concept diagram and a barebones circuit of the home and its interactions. Once I had the electronic build working, I contructed the home and it’s interiors.

System Diagram

Circuit Diagram

Takeaways

Prior to the Physical Prototyping course, I had no experience working with Arduino. As I started learning to program the arduino, I began enjoying it a lot. In the end, this smart-home project gave me the confidence to learn a new skill and build something useful out of it in a short period of time.

It also introduced me to the wonderful world of smart spaces and home automation.