I’m a complete newbie in this area and would like to seek some advice on an IoT/Home Automation project that I’m excited to get started on.
Basically, I’d like to control window blinds, air conditioners, and fans from one web interface. It’s a little ambitious for someone with no experience so I’ll probably focus on getting the window blinds working before I start on the other devices.
Window Roller Blind
An existing roller blind will be modified into a motorised blind connected to WIFI. The blind will be controlled using a web interface.
Based on what I could research online, I’ll need 3 main items.
- Particle Photon
- Motor shield
- Stepper motor
It seems like the only motor shield available is the Phobot (www.monkmakes.com/products/phobot). Are there any other alternatives? International shipping and availability is an issue for me as I reside in Singapore.
I’ve also been searching on stepper motors and the variety out there is mind-boggling. What kind of stepper motor would be suitable for such a project (voltage, etc.)? What are the specs to look out for?
How does power supply work with a photon + shield? Does the power enter the shield, which in turn powers the photon? Or is it the other way round?
Finally, can such a rig be battery-powered? Not too keen on running a cable all the way up the wall…
The future projects to control air conditioners and fans would involve using a Photon to send out IR signals. Is this doable for someone with little to no experience?
Any other comments on feasibility or tips would be most welcome as well.