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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Arduino RGB LED strip control with Souliss and ShiftPWM

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Multiple LED control with shift registers
Cheap and bright LED strips gives a lot of fun and way to experiments new lighting scenarios, we started some months ago including control via Android and adding the music driven effect, releasing an Arduino based networked solution to light multiple LED strips at same time, using shields like the Open Electronics one.

Today Kasper moved our examples one step over, mixing the music driven effect of Souliss and Android with a shift register board to power multiple strips or LEDs, he shared a short video called Arduino RGB LED strip control with Souliss and ShiftPWM on YouTube.

Is awesome see people moving further and improving the Souliss experience.

Join the discussion and light up your home automation.

Stay tuned,
Dario.

Friday, August 23, 2013

SpeakEasy, Souliss join the Arduino style

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Let give a brief preview of SpeakEasy a new tool that will be soon available in Souliss, the goal is make even easier write the Souliss sketches, as is in the Arduino style to have readable and short code even for complex networks.

Below there is the complete code to load into an Arduino Ethernet (or compatible) to have a full control of an LED via Android application SoulissApp and of course through a standard pushbutton.

This feature is available through C macro, so both the standard and the new SpeakEasy code will work at same time (even mixed). The idea is to complete a set of example via SpeakEasy for the next release and use it for the Seeed Studio Grove integration, in order to make even easier build your home automation over interconnected Arduino (and compatible) nodes.

Stay tuned,
Dario.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Arduino and Android, lets start the Home Automation

If you are looking for a starting point to build a reliable and scalable home automation by your-self, this is the right project. Keys like Arduino, Android and Open-Source are must.
This is the first of a series of post with the goal of a basic description about Souliss, giving an easy way to understand how and why you could use it.

This video gives some ideas of the potentiality of Souliss for the following reasons:
  • It shows a distributed architecture, two LED strips are controlled by two different Arduino Ethernet boards with a driver shield over it. Even if are two different boards they can work as a single one.
  • Data processing is impressive fast, compared to ASCII based protocols, Souliss' binary MaCaco is effective and fast. From the Android application a stream of commands drive the light color and intensity of the strips.
  • The video is just an example of a whole house that has Souliss has Home Automation system. While scrolling the list you will see five boards (there are Arduino Ethernet and wireless Freakduino Chibi) and several devices attached to.
  

What you cannot see in this video is how simple is the setup and development, scalability means ability to customize to your own needs, that's a key of Souliss that hardly can be found in other home automation or internet of things projects that are based on DIY solutions.

Out of this website, there are other two important sources for downloading the SoulissApp Android application and the Arduino library and sketches. The wiki will drive you in the first setup and the forum will support for doubts, problems and questions.

If you are reading this post probably is the first time that you hear about Souliss, if so, share it with your friends. 

Regards,
The Souliss Team.