Get in touch with your Things

Any object that can be attached to an Arduino / AVR microcontroller is a potential Things: get interaction in wireless or wired, acts automatically and is even remotely controllable from you smartphone or tablet.

Starts in three steps : get your building blocks, load Souliss and get your Things on the smartphone.

A network of Things in minutes for your Android and Arduino / AVR

Building Blocks

Building Blocks
Easily compose hardware

Souliss on AVRs

Souliss on AVRs
Load Souliss on your Things

Android App

Android App
Get your Things on your Smartphone

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Souliss, started the Alpha 6 development

After more than 6 months using the Alpha 5 branch is now time to move over, but compared to last jumps into the branchs A4 and A5 this one will not be a complete change rather than a fine tuning and improvement of what has been achieved up to now. The reason why this code isn't published as A5.3 is simply because it would not be compatible with nodes that runs Souliss A5 at all, but looking into the code there are really few modification, the reason is behind a small change in the RAM handling that improves a lot the way you can use it.

Up to release A5.2 the number of nodes into a network was constrained to the device with the smallest RAM, this no-sense has now been solved and if your gateway has a larger RAM you can use it in a better way.

The A6 will include the activity started for the A5.2.1 that will no longer be developed, and we will move to a more intensive use of git where the code is actually available.
The source code is pushed into the cusumiello branch, join the development on the mailing list.

Reads more here.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Introduce Powerline Communication

USART to Powerline Transceiver
Recently the Powerline communication (aka PLC) has been back in the discussion, and this time may be a real option for people building their automation around Souliss.

There are several solutions around powerline communication and this time I've been in the LinkSprite store to find interesting products. Basically they have two solutions, the fomer is the Mamba based on an integrated SPI (AC-PLM-1) transceiver into Arduino Shield form.
This is a good a reliable solution, but needs a quite lot of external components to build the TX and RX circuits for filtering and isolation.
A more cheap solution is an USART to Powerline (in the picture) transceiver, it doesn't use an integrated circuit that acts has modem, so carrier access and data flow has to be handled at microcontroller level.

At LinkSprite that call it SimpleMAC Powerline Communication Module and togheter with the USART driver of Souliss/vNet it can be an option to extend the Souliss network without additional cables or wireless. There are different challenges around this module, because it can transfer a little as 50 bps over the line and this can affect the general performances.

The idea is to test those devices around Souliss USART driver for a small network (few nodes and slots) having a try on general reliability. At LinkSprite they offered us some samples and a pcDuino to run it and Marco will have a try.
The idea is to build a small network via powerline that will join the Ethernet network to be controlled over SoulissApp for Android, then using pcDuino there will be also an openHAB integration.

Hopefully in the next weeks we will give more updates.

Stay tuned!
The Souliss Team.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Now it is easy enough! Make your Smart Home by yourself

Don't need to be a coder, is enough be a DIYer!
Personally I don't have any automation and I don't think that I will have some, but I was looking for something to do with some Arduino wireless boards when Souliss has started. At that time and still now I can see a lot of demands in DIY automations and few reliable solution.

I've coded for a couple of months before releasing the first code, no user interface and poor reliability, but almost working. It was a bit more than two years ago and now I can say: "It's easy enough!".

Almost all the people that join our community are able to control devices in their homes in few hours, getting them on Android or in the cloud. And that's not a single shot, is something that scale and can cover a whole home.
You will have your hands dirty and the end, but you don't need to be a professional coder or even an electrician or an engineer. Get your Smart Home is easy as code an Arduino, you just have to read and get information over the web.

Souliss is the first project that I've build not for myself but as starting point for a community, and just now is turning in that way. Many of the most interesting features (like the openHAB interface or the cloud ZozOT) are coming from the community as the deep test of such people has turned Souliss into a reliable code.

Often while diving into the forum I get impressed, people starts to do amazing things that never can be done with a commercial product.
Is almost one year ago when Lorenzo has started to share its idea and result, he used a 7'' inch Android tablet as media server and installed SoulissApp over it, then he put a set of multicolor LED strip lights and get them synched with the movies or music played in his tavern.

Christian build the cheapest and simpler remote control for its electrical devices, mixing Souliss with an Arduino library for RF (radio controlled) sockets (20 euros for three sockets), controlling them from the smartphone and the internet.

What about Marco that kick its home gate using the GPS location or Fulvio that is buiding a complete automated home with more than 20 boards? The amazing Antonino is pushing its data consumption to the cloud using Android as home server.
Is nice see that the community is building up a reliable, cheap and scalable automation system that fits many needs. Actually there are almost a thousand of people that use Souliss for simple and complex automation that hopefully will continue to growth in the near future.

So, what's next? Actually the main features are there, but the project will need more people deeply involved because is becoming too large for the small team behind it. People that knows HTML5, Android and JAVA coding can really improve Souliss, is time to spread Souliss around and get more geeks involved.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Post data to Emoncms with Souliss and ZozOT

Electrical consumption to Emoncms from Souliss
The development of the Zozzariello idea is going on and Antonino has published recently a ZozOT for Emoncms (by Open Energy Monitor), ZozOT is an Android application that collects data from SoulissApp through Zozzariello (an HTTP/JSON server embed in SoulissApp) and then post those into the cloud.

Zozzariello turns an Android device (like an old smartphone or tablet) into an home server, that control your Souliss devices and post them to the cloud.

Internal and external temperature and humidity logging

Soon the Android ZozOT Apps will be available for download from the Drive repository.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SmartCore a wish to Seeed Studio

arduino, seeedstudio, souliss, smarthome, smartplug, home automation
SmartCore Layout
More than once I've started a discussion on "What hardware we really miss?" either in the community or talking with many people that has joined this project, and as usual a tons of different needs comes out. There is no perfect solution for all, but there are some solution that may fit for most.

I've changed my mind more than once and after two years I can say that there is actually nothing to build in a easy way smart nodes, that's why my wish to Seeed Studio is a small form factor board (like the Arduino Mini) with a powerful microcontroller like the Atmel ATmega128RFA1 that can easily get sensors and actuator through Grove modules and with an option to have an Ethernet controller.

Vote for the wish will increase the chance to be reviewed by the Seeed Studio team and make SmartCore a product and no longer a simple wish. If so, build smart objects it will be a minutes work on either hardware and software!

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