Home Automation is anything that your home does for you that makes living there more enjoyable or productive. A Smart Home is one that appears to apply intelligence to make that happen.

To my friends, family, and visitors, my home is both smart and automated; I can e-mail my light switches, receive tweets from my CD player, and have a personalized TV guide e-mailed to me every day.

To me, my home is a collection of existing open source software, some consumer-level hardware, and small pieces of glue code that make them all interact. The magic happens in the way they are combined, and it’s those secrets that I’ll be exposing in this book.

The most cogent phrase in this field is probably “the devil is in the details.” Home Automation ...

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