Home Automation with Mac OS X, Part 1
Subject:   Automation Great, but what about telemetry
Date:   2004-02-13 19:29:14
From:   cyberassassin
I really like the idea of some home automation, but I would also like to add some data collection and reporting. Now that would be cool. Examples, fuel level in oil tank (or propane), fuel comsupmtion rates, temperature levels in various rooms or areas in the house, measuring electricity usage at various circuits, etc. Anyone know how to collect data and feed it to a Mac? Or data collection devices that could work? I would then look at stuffing it in a database and doing all sorts of fun stuff, web pages with current data, graphs, etc. Could provide a homeowner with some great tools to fine tune and monitor a home....
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  • Automation Great, but what about telemetry
    2004-02-14 06:43:16  velociped [View]

    Telemetry is available as well ... provided you are willing to do a little coding on your own ... maybe.

    Weeder Technologies has several digital/analog interfaces from which to choose. Though making use of a serial interface, they are compatible with the MacOS through the use of a serial/USB adapter. In fact, at least one enterprising individual has created a Macintosh GUI programming interface - though it appears to be designed for XTension.

    There are a few other options as well. One of the newer, and more novel, are the iButtons.