This e-book (pdf) is all about building your own DIY home control system. It presents two innovative ways to assemble such a system: By recycling old PC hardware - possibly extending the life of an old PC, or by using Raspberry Pi. In both cases, the main system outlined in this e-book will consist of a computer platform, a wireless mains outlet, a controller and a USB webcam - All linked together by Linux.
By using the Raspberry Pi in conjunction with Arduino (used as an advanced I/O system board), it is possible to construct a small, compact, embedded control system offering enhanced capacity for USB integration, webcams, thermal monitoring and communication with the outside world.
The experience required to undertake the projects within this e-book are minimal exposure to PC hardware and software, the ability to surf the internet, burn a CD-ROM and assemble a small PCB.
All custom software is available for free download (see 'attachments/downloads' section on this page).