I have a dream of one day owning a completely automated house, where everything can be managed directly from my smartphone. As a long time fan of home automation, this particular example caught my eye. It’s a brilliant DIY (do-it-yourself) project that uses network controls to manage bathtub filling and emptying remotely.
According to the DIY guy who made this, the system is centralized around a Loxone mini-server plus an extension. This equals out to a total of 16 relay switches (16 different things in the house controlled by by the server) so the bathtub isn’t his only item automated in the house, other projects include:
- 1. bath – valve for water feed
- 2. bath – valve for drain
- 3. electric lock on front door
- 4. one power circuit that all appliances that use standby power are plugged into – this shuts off overnight
- 5. front porch light
- 6. rear porch light
- 7. bedroom 1 light
Even though the full instructions aren’t available for anything but the bath tub (so far) this small project is a real inspiration for home-tech DIY’ers. For those interested in even more details, Bayden answered several questions over a reddit thread.