8-29-2013 6PM to 11PM - “Home Automation Group of Northern Virginia”

[masked]PM to 11PM - “Home Automation Group of Northern Virginia

We have started a new group called the “Home Automation Group of Northern Virginia”. This is a group for anyone who is interested in building, designing, or finding a home automation system for their house or company. Systems can be built from scratch at the space with help from the community, as well as talking to members who have used commercially available systems. We are partnering with the local makerspace called “ReverseSpace” as a place to meet and to use their resources to build the systems. These resources include, digital soldering machines, desktop 3D printers (Makerbot), Corporate 3D printers (3D Systems), Arduino and Raspberry pi, scientific equipment needed in the production of circuit boards, and hundreds of free electronic parts available.

To start off this group, our host company Cortona Academy has donated a Belkin WeMo Switch to be raffled off at our first meeting at 8PM. Cortona needs automation technology to lower their heating and cooling cost of ReverseSpace's meetings, lighting control, and something to scare off the deer which are eating their flowers in the front of the building. All of these technologies can also be used by the group's homes, and is a perfect example of the benefit of having a corporation partnership with a community Makerspace while mutually benefiting everyone. For more information on the home automation device we will be raffling off, please go to http://www.belkin.com/us/wemo. You must be at least 18 years of age and only one person per family may enter in the raffle.

This week we will be meeting to talk about and design the very popular and useful home automation technology of remote control of blinds. The main reason this is so popular is the enormous potential of saving money by automatically opening and clsoing the blinds when the sun is out to save on heating costs. Sensors could be installed to open the blinds when a person is in the room, and closing them when they are gone. Voice commands to open and close the blinds is an option which could be added to the microprocessor design.
Using ReverseSpace's huge 3D printer selection, we have the ability not only to 3D print enclosures but also the ability to print gears and small parts. The space's ultra high resolution Form1 Laser 3D printer can be used to print the gears, and 3D System's full color 3D printer can be used to make the enclosure. A basic selection of stepper motor, servos, and general equipment which could be used to open and close the blinds will be available at the meeting. The talk will start at 7PM.

People with experience in Microcontroller are needed for this exciting new group! We also need volunteers to be added the Leadership Temp to be posted on Meetup.com's site to help grow the group. This is a great time to be be part of the home automation technology upcoming revolution. Makerspaces are all about volunteering and helping the community. It is also important to note that this group is for adults. If you are a parent of a child, you are welcome to attend the meeting but you must be with your child at all times.

Below is a list of things that can be built at the Home Automation Group, including:

Remote controlled blinds - (This can allow the heating of a house based on the outdoors temperature and the amout of sun outside)
Air conditioning – Controlling AC and Heating using Cell phones or advanced programs also to save money.
Front door systems- This includes the ability to automatically unlock a door when the presence of the owner's cell phone is detected. No more fumbling to find keys.
Security – This is by far the best solution save money by building your own customized security system.
Garage door – Opening the door automatically when your car drives up and texting you if the door have been left open.
Lighting – Automation of lighting to save on money by turning of lights when the user leaves a section of the house. Voice control is also something many are working on.
Watering of plants – Place a sensor in the soil of the plant and texting the owner when it need to be watered. Automatically watering of plants is also a something we can build at the space.
Cutting of grass – There are many robotic law mowers, but all of them are too expensive for the average consumer. A Makerspace is a great place to build your own robotic law mower and save thousands in the process.
Members at the meeting have used: Smartthings, Insteon, Phillphs Hue, Belkin Wemo, and many other technologies.

If you have any projects you are working on, feel free to bring it to Reverse Space! We have locked storage space, hundred of tools and electronics, and the largest sections of free to use 3D printers for any Makerspace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackerspace) on the east coast of the US. At this time membership is free.

Other projects we are working on below. Help is always needed.

APOC: Mini Radiation Detector kit needs to be finished.
Micro controller (Arduino) – Looking for a group leader to start projects and setup lab.
Raspberry Pi – Installation of OS system and working test system for members.
Lyman Filament Extruder – Every Makerspace should have one!
Heated Build Bed - for Makerbot Replicator 2. We have the parts.
Human Head 3D Scanning - Microsoft Kinect Sensor installed with the software for 3D scanning.
NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner – Ready to use.
3D - “Rostock Delta Arm 3D printer” Team is almost done.
3D - “PrintRbot LC” - This 3D printer needs to be calibrated and test prints done.
3D - “RepRap” - This also needs to be calibrated and test prints done.
CNC - “ShapeOko CNC” Team is almost done.
3D - “B9Creator” Getting a working print and settings with our DLP light 3D printer.
Drone - “Flight of the 3D printed quad copter drone” The drone needs to fly.
Help Needed - Organization and building of the Makerspace. Help is always appreciated but not required.
Community Help - Other members who may need help on their projects.
Website and listed equipment – Webmaster needed. Free membership for this job.
Equipment Operators – Host of the space runs the Makerbot, Corporate 3D printers, and Ultimaker.

Address of the meeting:
Cortona Academy
13505 Dulles Technology Drive Suite 3 (all the way in the back!)
Herndon, VA 20171

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  • John A. M.

    Sorry I offended you, Karl, that was certainly not my intent. I will refrain from being so transparent with my input.

    August 31, 2013

  • karl s.

    On the advice of one of the members who attended the meeting, the "BeagleBoard Black" has been ordered for the group to use for home automation. More exciting tech to come!

    August 30, 2013

  • karl s.

    That's a real negative and unnecessary post about our FIRST meeting. The meeting was from 6 to 11, it was organizational since it was our FIRST meeting, the ABS plastic used by the 3D printer can be used to build the projects, the controller was not selected because this was our FIRST meeting, there were about ten or more people at the meeting NOT a few, and please do not attend Reverse Space meetings or this group again. The next meeting we will be working building the remote controlled blinds as well as talking about the design of robotic lawn mowers. I also bought a Starbucks Coffee machine for the group to use at the meeting as well as Thursday Reverse Space meetings. Working hard to get his group going and trying my best.

    August 30, 2013

  • John A. M.

    It was not what I had expected.
    I thought that the meeting was from 6 to 11! I thought it was going to be instructive and show how a simple open-source controller can be programmed and used to control blinds. Instead it was organizational in nature. The plastics used with the 3D printers did not seem appropriate for the fabrication of gears that would last a long time or operate reliably. This does not seem to be what I am looking for though I enjoyed meeting the few folks that did attend.

    August 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree, but I'm still happy I went. On the other hand, I didn't have to carpool from Alexandria. I'm excited to move the project forward and get it underway. Perhaps there will be a presentation about it in 1-2 months?

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You're raffling off a Belkin WeMo Switch? Very cool!

    August 29, 2013

  • John A. M.

    I just found out about this minutes ago and am very excited to attend!
    You can see from mvproject.com my interest!

    August 29, 2013

  • James S.

    ugh this looks like a great event. is the home automation group going to be run out of this group?

    August 28, 2013

  • Steve S

    I will be on our way to Atlanta, so I will have to pass this time. I would be interested in future meetings.

    August 26, 2013

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