Home automation is great, but what happens when you start mixing different systems around the house together? Follow [Bithead's] journey of interfacing with his motorized blinds!
After having his original blinds fall apart many times, [Bithead] and his wife decided to invest in some new, motorized blinds — but [Bithead] wanted to add it to his home automation setup… Unfortunately, commercial offerings for that are very expensive, so [Bithead] knew he’d have to figure out how to interface with the system manually.
The problem is, companies don’t typically advertise the kind of in depth information us hackers would love to know about products, so [Bithead] started checking out store showrooms. Salespeople didn’t quite understand his focused attention on the control boxes!
After determining a specific brand should work for his purposes, he bit the bullet and purchased them — no turning back now! He was in luck however, as there was in fact a control interface that the sales people didn’t know about, and all he would have to do is route in his network control.
To do so, he made use of a leftover Arduino Fio from one of his other projects, a few 3V reed relays and an Xbee S6B to allow the Arduino to communicate over the house’s WiFi. He prepared the entire system before the blinds even arrived. He even managed to convince the installer from the company to help him do the modification before they installed the blinds!
Looking for more home automation info? Take a look at our plain and simple summary of what it is, and how you can do it yourself!