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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

ISU Smart Home Lab, Department of Computer Science

Devices Used in the Smart Home Lab

The following tables list and briefly describe the devices used in our smart home labratory. Click on the vendor to go to their web page, the individual device for more information about it, or click on the documentation, API, or service implementations for more information about them.

Sensors
Device Model# Description Docs. API Services
User Input Sensors
Phidgets Touch Sensor 1110 Generates events when contact with the sensor begins or ends User Manual Vendor API  
Phidgets Force Sensor 1106 Detects levels of force placed on the sensor (not accurate enough for weighing items) User Manual    
Phidgets USB RFID Reader 1023 Reads passive RFID tags with a range of approximately 3 inches (single tag reader) User Manual    
Motion Sensors
Phidgets Motion Sensor

1111

Detects changes in motion by objects that are of different temperatures than their surroundings
X10 Motion Sensor MS14A Generates events when motion is detected or determined absent after a period of time
Vendor / Lab
OSGi / WS
Environmental Sensors
Phidgets Light Sensor 1105* Reads visible light level (but not to any known scale) User Manual    
Phidgets Temperature Sensor 1114* Detects the temperature from -40 to 125 degrees Celsius (-40 to 257 Farenheit) User Manual    
Phidgets Humidity Sensor 1107* Detects the relative humidity in the air from 10% to 95% User Manual    
Phidgets Air Pressure Sensor 1115 Detects the air pressure with a range of approximately 3 - 36 psi User Manual    
Web Cameras
Panasonic Web Camera BB-HCM371A Captures images with pan/tilt moving of the cameras lens and 2-way audio User Manual    
* These devices have been discontinued by Phidgets manufacturer, but newer improved versions are offered.

Actuators
Device Model # Description
Manuals
API
OSGi Services
User Interface
Phidgets LCD Display 1102* Displays two rows of 20 character text on a blue LCD screen User Manual    
Home Automation
X10 Lamp Module LM465 Controls lamps by turning them on or off and increasing or decreasing their light level.
N/A
N/A
X10 Appliance Module AM466 Controls wall appliances by turning them on or off
Tira IR Transceiver   Can read and transmit IR codes that are used by most home entertainment systems
Phidgets Hitec Continuous Rotation Servo 3202 Motor that rotates without bound in either direction
*This item has been discontinued

Controllers and Utility Devices
Device Model # Description
Manuals
API
OSGi Services
Insteon/X10 Utility Devices
Insteon Controller (Serial) 2413S Serves as a gateway between X10/Insteon devices and the computer.
N/A
X10 Serial Controller CM15A USB Transceiver for X10 signals to and from X10 devices on the powerline
X10 Powermind IR to RF to IR Converter 8210 Converts IR signal to RF signals and RF signals to IR signals (to use the Tira through walls) User Manual N/A N/A
Insteon/X10 Utility Devices
Phidgets 8/8/8 Interface Kit   Controller for up to 8 analog sensors
Phidgets Servo Motor Controller