I got the idea to create a smart home system (I call it a 'Smart Home Management Service') that would be more beneficial to people than existing systems do today. I decided to expand more on my Undergraduate Senior design project work, and come up with more creative ways of doing things. There are three major elements that I am currently working on. The first is the Active Fire Detection System. The next is Smart Energy & Lighting. How it works is simple. For example, if a person enters a room, and its night outside, you want the lights to turn on automatically. Say its hot outside, but not oven-like, the fan would turn on as well (assuming thats what the user has set in the settings). If a person was to leave the room, the lights and the fan would turn off. Likewise, if its cold outside, the fan wouldnt turn on, but instead the heater would adjust so that the one room the person is in would get the heat of the heater in such a way as to warm the room but not apply direct heat on the person in the room (this concept of the heater is still in the works). Finally, the last component is active home security to detect a threat to your home before it becomes a problem.
So far there are really 3 primary systems to this service:
1) Fire Prevention/Detection
2) Energy Efficiency
3) Home Security
I bounce around between design of each system, but in the meantime I'm working on a shield for the Arduino Uno to step up the 5 volts from the regulator to 9, 12, and 24 volts for use with various relays in projects Im working on, and for any other projects used in the future. Im just trying to get a feel for if there is interest in a board like this, whether its pre-assembled, or as a kit. I could post a parts list if you only want to buy the board by itself.
I also have a relay board in the works with two 30A relays on it that can be powered via the converter shield or via an Arduino Uno depending on the power requirements of relay being used. These two boards will be used in the Energy Efficiency part of my system. Visit my blog for more information on it: tae09.blogspot.com
I currently have a Teensy Relay Shield (which uses SPDT solid state MOSFET relays) in the Fab shop, so once I get that one in the mail and tested, I'll solder it up and get it operational.
Suggestions, and ideas are welcome as well as if you're interested in buying a board.