DIY smart home projects are more popular than ever. The Internet of Things (IoT) unifies everything from lighting to full security systems. Once separate systems, many things in the home are now controllable from a smartphone.
As a new technology, some elements of home automation do not come cheap. However, with a DIY attitude and some cheap components you can build your own smart home on a shoestring budget! Just be sure to keep in mind how you plan on securing your smart and IoT devices. Here are nine examples to get you started.
1. Blynk Controls IoT Devices From Your Phone
Most smart home devices come with an app for control via smartphone or tablet. Blynk is a service designed for controlling IoT devices.
2. Make Your Home Smart With OpenHAB
While it seems similar to Blynk, OpenHAB is specifically designed to be a DIY smart home hub. The system is designed to be installed locally, though they provide cloud services too. Every kind of in-house switch, monitoring system, or timed event is accommodated. OpenHAB supports over 1000 device types such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and IFTTT.