Been looking to automate my home electricity usage. Would love to...
- Walk into my house with my iPhone (+ Bluetooth))...
- ... and a server that controls lighting + air-conditioning + appliances (e.g TV) switches on/off things according to configurations by different schedules (e.g weekday vs weekend)
- Able to control this home electricity automation preferably via a web browser access page. for example, I would like to turn on my electric kettle while in my room surfing, so 15 minutes up (enough for 1 answer on SuperUser!), and I can step out knowing I've got boiling water for a nice cup of Darjeeling.
- Before I sleep, to set a sleep timer on my stereo + living room lighting (via that same web browser) that after 30 minutes, the electricity can be cut off, along with the electricity to other things else.
- Just before I wake up, according to schedule the TV automatically comes on (the channel is already preset to the local news), and the kettle starts warming up too...
- Get ready for work, and as I step out, my Bluetooth leaves the proximity of the BT sensor on the server... and it switches on/off (according to scheduled configuration) all unneeded lighting + appliances.
- And since it is web-based, I can login from work and manually switch on/off electrical stuff and at the same time monitor which socket currently have power running to them too).
It's like the Jetsons v0.1 - are there are any home automation kits that can allow me to do that now? If yes, any issues to watch out for, and what are the costs of deploying this system like?
EDIT : Good point by Grant - BT might be too short-range. Possible solutions could be IR, or any others.