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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Smart Home Lab

Department of Computer Science

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Devices
In this section you can find a brief description of the current technologies we are using in our smart home lab.



Web Cameras

Panasonic Web Cam

Web cameras are have web servers running inside them, so Internet browsers can be used to monitor what is going on in the home. They also come with authentication features, so only the appropriate users can view the cameras images. Link: www.smarthome.com



X10 and Insteon

X10 
Controller X10 Lamp Module Insteon serial modem interface

X10 and Insteon are powerline control technologies that enable computer control and automation of lamps and appliances. They also support some sensor technology as well, such as motion sensors and door open/close sensors. Links: www.x10.com and www.insteon.net Insteon serial modem interface



X10 Powermid Receiver/IR Emitter - Model PEX03 (RE549)

X10 powermid PEX02 X10 powermid PEX03

Product Description If you have speakers or TVs in a separate room from your stereo/VCR/cable box, you know how inconvenient it is to adjust the volume, change DSS channels, radio stations, etc. Infrared (IR) remotes do not work through walls. You have to walk into the other room any time you want to make a change. With the Powermid™ you can now control your equipment through walls up to 100 ft. away. Point your remote at the Powermid™ Transmitter, it converts the IR signal into a radio frequency (RF) signal that can pass through walls. In the room where your audio/video equipment is located, the receiver converts the RF signal back into IR and transmits it to your equipment. The transmitter even blinks a red light to indicate that it is receiving your command. You'll need this item if you need to control equipment from more than one room. (Receiver sold seperately.)
Links: link1 link2 link3 Manual



Phidgets Devices

Phidgets

Phidgets are a collection of USB-based sensors and actuators that can be used to monitor conditions and events in the environment and move small objects, such as the blinds. The Phidgets devices we most frequently use are RFID readers and environmenal sensors, such as light, temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors. Link: www.phidgets.com



EasySen WiEye

EasySen WiEye provides Long-range passive infrared (PIR) sensor   for detecting human presence and visual light and acoustic sensors complementing the PIR sensor for improved detection. Link http://www.easysen.com/products.htm



SBT80

Plug-in multi-sensor board for IEEE 802.15.4 compliant TelosB wireless mote. Eight (8) sensor channels. Link http://www.easysen.com/products.htm



SBT30EDU

Economical sensor board for prototyping, can be used to connect external signals or custom sensors. Light, IR and acoustic sensors on-board. Link http://www.easysen.com/products.htm