What is Home Automation? Wiki says:
Home automation (also called domotics) is the residential extension of “building automation”. It is automation of the home, housework or household activity. Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. Home automation for the elderly and disabled can provide increased quality of life for persons who might otherwise require caregivers or institutional care.
It is probably going to be one of the most sought after uber cool things that might happen to our lives, where everything from your bathroom shower to entrance gates could be controlled with an iPhone app – or heck, even automated with sensor technology.
Although home automation is pretty nascent considered that it is not yet mainstream but there are already softwares that address pretty much all areas of home automation. The good part? There are open source home automation softwares that are already out there for us to tinker with!
Event Ghost Open Source Home Automation
EventGhost is an advanced, easy to use and extensible automation tool for MS Windows. It can use different input devices like infrared or wireless remote controls to trigger macros, that on their part control a computer and its attached hardware. So it can be used to control a Media-PC with a normal consumer remote. But its possible uses go much beyond this. Check their website here.
Proximis – Industrial and Home Automation
Promixis offers computer based home automation and industrial automation software. With their automation software solutions, you will be able to interact with many devices and applications used in home automation, security, and home theater. Check official website here.
HouseBot – Windows based Home Automation Software
Windows based automation application with support for X10 and Z-Wave. Check website here.
Mister House – Open Source Home Automation for WIndows and Mac
MisterHouse is an open source home automation program. It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s entirely geeky. Written in Perl, it fires events based on time, web, socket, voice, and serial data. It currently runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2k/XP and on most Unix based platforms, including Linux and Mac OSX. Check website here.
Do you know of any other cool open source home automation softwares? Let me know.