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BeagleBone Home Automation [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Juha Lumme

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24. Dezember 2013

The Internet of Things is now being taken up by tech corporations but this fantastic book brings you the DIY approach to home automation using BeagleBone. From dimming the lights to opening the garage door -- it's all here.


  • Practical approach to home automation using BeagleBone; starting from the very basics of GPIO control and progressing up to building a complete home automation solution
  • Covers the operating principles of a range of useful environment sensors, including their programming and integration to the server application
  • Easy-to-follow approach with electronics schematics, wiring diagrams, and controller code all broken down into manageable and easy-to-understand sections

In Detail

Home automation lets you control daily activities such as changing the temperature, opening the garage door, or dimming the lights of your house using microprocessors. BeagleBone is a low-cost, high-expansion, hardware-hacker-focused BeagleBoard. It is small and comes with the high-performance ARM capabilities you expect from a BeagleBoard. BeagleBone takes full-featured Linux to places it has never gone before.

Starting with the absolute basics, BeagleBone Home Automation gives you the knowledge you will require to create an Internet-age home automation solution. This book will show you how to set up Linux on BeagleBone. You will learn how to use Python to control different electronic components and sensors to create a standalone embedded system that also accepts control remotely from a smartphone.

This book starts with the very basics of Linux administration and application execution using terminal connections. You will learn the basics of the general purpose input/output pins and discover how various electronic sensors and electronic components work. The "hardware jargon" is explained, and example applications demonstrating their practical use are created so that you will feel in control of the capabilities provided.

Network programming is also a big part of this book, as the created server will be made accessible from the Internet through a smartphone application. You will also learn how to create a fully working Android application that communicates with the home automation server over the Internet.

What you will learn from this book

  • Learn how to interface the BeagleBone board with various hardware components and environmental sensors
  • Set up the programming logic necessary to enable standalone periodic tasks and their management
  • Set up the programming logic necessary to enable standalone periodic tasks and their management
  • Discover network programming over TCP/IP sockets, and enable encrypted access over the Internet
  • Program an Android application that can interface with your home automation server
  • Implement a framework to send any type of data, such as images captured from a camera, to your smartphone


An easy-to-follow guide full of hands-on examples to help transform your house into a standalone home automation solution.

Who this book is written for

If you are looking for ways to create a highly capable home automation system that is easily extendable and highly configurable, then this book is for you. Basic knowledge of electronics and programming in Python and/or Java languages will be helpful, but not mandatory.

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Juha Lumme

Juha Lumme is an engineer with over 10 years' experience in the telecommunications field in various roles. He has been developing platform software for mobile phones and also working on the telecommunication networks side. Embedded systems are his passion, and a hobby he is working on in free time as well.

He is passionate about Linux and open source software in general. The open hardware movement in the recent years is also close to his heart, and he hopes we can all soon hack and build our dreams in a world free of patent abuse.

When not working on his computer, he loves traveling and riding mountain roads on his motorbike around Kanto prefecture in Japan.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Don't buy this book! 20. Januar 2014
Von Koralamode - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book seems to attempt to start at the basics and work its way up through the depths of electronics and hardware to achieve _something_ with which the reader can utilize as a skill set to implement their own home automation system. With that, it falls short in a number of ways:

1. It assumes that you have familiarity with programming in python and that you have some experience with Java on the Android platform, and that you're wielding a BeagleBone Black, not a BeagleBone.
2. While it makes assumptions that you don't know anything about the BeagleBone Black, Linux, electricity, schematics, or electronic terminology, it does approach offensive with the level of detail that it goes into when it's not quite necessary. It's hit and miss though, so you would be ill advised to use this book as an intro to anything.
3. The examples provided, and often, even the chapters themselves seem to veer quite far from the context or path of the learning material. One example of this is how the book covers in great detail the implementation of a pretty useless custom TCP/IP network protocol. If you want to do such a thing, buy a book on that topic and do it right.
4. In contrast, things that should be in the book often aren't. The last couple of chapters talked about the importance of securing the network protocol that you implement so that 3rd parties can't connect, hijack, or otherwise monitor your home on your behalf. The last paragraph of the book *spoiler alert!* suggests that you continue with the author's suggestions by implementing something yourself.
5. The book doesn't really cover home automation. I couldn't so much as turn on a light after following the content. In fact, I would say that it barely covered the Beaglebone Black.

The implementations and examples in the book are, simply put, terrible. Here's a few reasons why:
1. All of the networking library is built using functions, and not a one is a part of a class. The author has no idea what he's doing in what may be the easiest programming language to learn, ever.
2. There is absolutely no reason that a person attempting home automation should be implementing their own network stack; this material could easily account for about 1/2 of the book.
3. The Beaglebone comes with cloud9, which could be used to setup a secure socket server or an HTTPS web server, something that is much more functional and easier than having to use the twisted framework in python (which the author should have used if he insists on using python). Then you could cut out the whole section on developing your own Android app, and just browse to your home computer using tried-and-true protocols that aren't difficult to debug.
4. There are some simple circuits for reading variable resistors and such, but they seem almost like they're copied directly from any number of the Arduino books in circulation. Any one of them would certainly be a better source.
5. The author doesn't really position the Beaglebone as a home automation device. There doesn't seem to be any solid reason why you wouldn't just use an old computer and an Arduino.

If you would like to learn about BeagleBone and home automation, I would recommend one of the following books by the same publisher:

"Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone" - Don't be put off by the small size of this book, the author, a "hardware guy," does a great job of packing a lot of useful information into a tiny space. Though the book is security-focused (as I personally feel that home automation should be) he still covers a lot of ground that equally applies to home automation, even entertaining the idea of controlling your lawn sprinklers from half-way around the globe with your mobile phone.

"BeagleBone Robotic Projects" - This is a great book that covers a lot of ground in a lot of detail. Though it's specific to robotics, home automation isn't really any different. If you already know a lot, this book is still a great reference book that details implementations for sensory, motor controls, programming, etc. This book could also show you how to take things to the next level in home automation with voice commands, voice responses, computer vision, etc. If you combined this a kinect camera, and you will have a complete smart home.

I'll be leaving reviews for these other books shortly.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An <almost> decent book let down by lack of focus 3. März 2014
Von Javvad Malik - Veröffentlicht auf
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I’ve had an interest in exploring the BeagleBone Black for some time now, therefore when I was given the opportunity to review Juha Lumme’s ‘BeagleBone Home Automation’ I jumped at the chance with visions of learning how to fortify my home automation utilising electronic cunning that would put Macaulay Culkin to shame.

The book has a nice, almost conversational tone to it which made it easy to read and provides decent introductions to both programming as well as hardware. However, after a promising start, the book seemed to veer off track. There are several sections which cover varying concepts which are good to know, but leave you scratching your head as to the relevance to home automation.

The biggest reason for it losing stars is the fact that there is little practical home automation information provided. There are several good examples of how to prove concepts on a small scale, however, the remaining implementation is left for the reader to work out. I’m not suggesting every scenario be covered; but even a little guidance as to how the reader could implement and take forward the concepts to a practical scale would have been very useful as you’re left feeling a little short-changed.

On one hand I was glad to see a section at the end which introduced security concepts – but on the other hand, I was disappointed that it seemed to be added at the end as an after-thought. Systems like home automation are reliant on being secure, therefore I would have preferred security be built into every chapter to help readers build secure systems from the outset.

All in all this is a good book for a beginner interested in learning the basics. However, it could have done with better focus and seeing implementations through to a more practical level.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for people new to the BeagleBone, embedded linux, or basic electronics 2. März 2014
Von Brian Chamberlain - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author does an excellent job of explaining how to get started on the do-it-yourself path to home automation. This is a book I wish I had when I started working on embedded linux and the BeagleBone!

Home automation is not an easy topic. Especially at the level presented in the book. Using the BeagleBone to control the physical world is the combination of circuit theory, hardware, embedded linux, networking, and software development. The book is full of great examples (with code!) for working projects. It also provides good insight and helpful tips along the way. I especially liked the helpful tips scattered throughout the book. They provide really useful details on some of the more complex aspects of the topics presented.

Overall, the author does an excellent job of explaining how to get started on the do-it-yourself path to home automation. I think the author walks you through the topics in a careful and thoughtful manner. Each chapter builds on the previous ones and expands the foundation you will need for your own projects.

In short, this book will not tell you everything you need to know about home automation but it's certainly a great place to start.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Doesn't quite live up to it's title 28. Februar 2014
Von Doug Duncan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I was given a reviewer's copy of 'BeagleBone Home Automation'. The fact that I was given a copy of this book has in no way influenced my review.

BeagleBone Home Automation by Juha Lumme didn't live up to what I thought the book should be.

While I liked the book as an overall book on how you can work with the BeagleBone Black, it didn't seem to cover home automation. It does give lots of ideas that you can build out though. Juha also provides a fair amount of python code for running on the server and an Android based Java application as well.

The reason for the low rating is that I was hoping to see how to integrate the BeagleBone system into the house so you could use it to dim/brighten lights or raise/lower shades based on inputs fed into the system, but that was missing.

I did like chapter 6 which walks you through building an Android app to interface with the BeagleBone remotely. Being able to connect and control the BeagleBone when connected via the internet was a nice addition to the book.

If you want a good introduction to using BeagleBone with some accessories, this is a good book. If you want to build a home automation system, this will give you ideas on how to start things out, but doesn't finish the process in my opinion.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Written for a Unicorn Audience 22. Februar 2014
Von T. E. Schlemmer - Veröffentlicht auf
After reading this book and working through a number of the chapters, I have mixed feelings. While this book caters to my knowledge and skills pretty well, I see it as more of a cookbook/reference type collection of semi-related tasks. The absolute beginner will probably be frustrated by their lack of Linux and networking proficiency, but the advanced user might be frustrated by a verbose level of explanation occasionally. Additionally, this really should be titled as a BeagleBone Black book.

I think the most satisfied readers will fall somewhere in the middle of a spectrum of experience and knowledge. For many readers, definitions and concepts may need to be learned elsewhere. Even so, I found myself asking the question "Why do it that way?" more than once.

It's a hard task to create a one-size-fits-all solution to teaching specialized technological concepts. I would like to see the chapters reorganized to allow for easier skimming over known concepts and increasingly advanced material as the chapter progresses. I found myself starting with the chapter summaries and working backwards to better understand a chapter. I really like a lesson plan approach to learning/teaching, and I think this material would benefit from that strategy.

This book has been valuable during the course of my home automation project (an Internet-controlled dog feeder), and the answers I still seek might be inside it. But it's impossible to know what you don't know. The primary resources I have used, however, are freely available tutorials on the web. But I like books, and this one has a place on my (e)shelf.
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