Previously, I had setup HomeKit connecting to Nest thermostat and Belkin WeMo devices using Homebridge project. I had on my TODO list for a long time to put a webcam on HomeKit. At the end of some twists and turns it ended up being relatively easy, had I known the following from the start.
What to do with a Nest thermostat, Belkin WeMo smart switches and lights, web services, and custom home-grown sensors in an Apple household? Can HomeKit talk to non-HomeKit devices? An excellent project named Homebridge along with its user-provided plugins has the answers.
I have been using Raspberry Pis for quite some time. Some are IoT apps like sensor logging or Airplay speakers. I’ve also provided a box full in various hands-on demos in the community. Accumulating a large collection of late-model Raspberry Pi’s, I invested in ansible tasks to automate config and maintenance.
I needed a way to convert Latitude/Longitude coordinates between Degrees+Decimal to Degrees Minutes Seconds notation. I created some user functions within the excellent PCalc app that can do this inline in PCalc.
For a while now, have had a time/temp logging system in my house. It is still hosted on my very first Raspberry Pi, and uses a BMP085 temperature/pressure sensor, and two 1.2” LED displays from Adafruit. The logging on
Pachube -> COSM -> Xively needed to be updated to something else, so I decided to use Phant from Sparkun Electronics (SFE).