In this chapter, we have familiarized ourselves with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. We have also looked at some of the existing technologies used in home automation and their history.
Where as Sutherland's ECHO IV filled a room in his house, the Raspberry Pi fills a space not much larger than a credit card.
Home automation now seems to be taking the next step to becoming widely adopted, and the Raspberry Pi neatly fits into this world by providing those who want to customize control of their devices with an easy and a cheap tool for achieving it, and by also expanding what can be done with Arduino technology currently out in the market place.
With this in mind, we will get started on our first project– setting up the Raspberry Pi.