1. Arduino Automatic Smart Plant Watering Kit
I've got quite an array of plants including a Christmas cactus I fostered from a cutting, and a lovely San Pedro cactus. Unlike my dog, when my plants need water, they don't bark. Enter smart watering systems. Elecrow offers an all-in-one kit. Or, you may whip up your own Arduino-powered plant watering alarm system. This will inform you when it's time to water your plants, complete with light and sounds. The Sprout modern indoor planter automatically waters plants as well, and it's Arduino and Android based. You can build a hydroMazing system for crop growth management. An Arduino-based wireless intelligent water irrigation system helps keep your plants thriving, or a Raspberry Pi and Arduino crop growth monitor maintains healthy plants. Try creating a soil moisture monitoring device with Xamarin and Netduino!
smart home hub. Home Assistant, or Hass.io, is a comprehensive smart home automation hub. Home Assistant addons include Google Assistant and Let's encrypt integration. MisterHouse is a Perl-based monitoring system which runs on Linux, MacOS, and Windows PCs. With MisterHouse, you can control security cameras, sensors, and more. OpenHAB is a popular Raspberry Pi smart home software option. Overall, there are tons of options you can pick from.
DIY Spotify where you provide the music files. You can run Plex, Ampace, Airsonic, Libresonic, Emby, and more on the Raspberry Pi. piCorePlayer makes a robust networked music server, and you may even spruce up your Pi for streaming to an Amazon Echo. Though it's not the most powerful device on the market, video streaming with a Raspberry Pi works as well for a Raspberry Pi media server. Local media playback in a Raspberry Pi home theatre PC (HTPC) works fantastically well.
"dumb" thermostat smart. Plus, this could be an inexpensive retrofit. With a couple of sensors and a few pieces of software, you can make your own smart thermostat for under $5 USD. That's a thrifty, fun, and extremely useful project.
control your curtains or blinds with Alexa. All you'll need is access to a 3D printer. A simple Arduino and Alexa project, this is a fantastic idea for leveling up your smart home.
garage commander, you may control your garage door from anywhere. Sure, there are garage door openers from the likes of Samsung SmartThings, but this is an awesome DIY smart home project with tons of benefits. It uses Servo, Particle Photon, Blynk, IFTTT, and more. Try pairing this with a do-it-yourself garage light using PIR sensors.
IoT pool monitoring system using Thingsboard.
10. Pet FeederWhy should the hoomans enjoy all the smart home tech? With a Servo motor and some 3D printing, you can whip up a cat feeding project. This could work for dogs as well. For keeping pet's water cool, try an Arduino-based automatic pet water chiller. Entertain your menagerie with a buddybot, a means of controlling a stepper motor with an Android smartphone. WHile these are fantastic, I admittedly prefer the analog method of feeding my doggo.
Top DIY Smart Home Devices You can Make: Final ThoughtsThough an off-the-shelf smart home device boasts simplicity of use and set up, a DIY smart home gadget is infinitely rewarding. Plus, you might be able to save a bit of money by going the do-it-yourself route. You'll have more choices and customization options when making a smart home gadget versus buying one. I suggest a Raspberry Pi smart home hub using Hass.io. While it may sound complex, it's pretty simple to cobble together. A smart home security system is a solid chouice, and a voice assistant or streaming media server remain fun, useful, intuitive creations.
What DIY smart home gadgets are you making?