Easily extend your Google Home features through this project. Based on Prota OS for Raspberry Pi, free smart home automation OS. Supported by IFTTT. Allows easy connection with ITTT services (like Google Assistant) and sensors and actuators connected to Raspberry Pi.
Google Home is a great tool to turn everyday automation and the smart home into speech-triggered workflows. With the power of AI assistants like Google Assistant, the internet of things becomes more responsive and more flexible to our daily fluctuating needs.
We will show you in this project how you can use the voice-recognition feature of your Google Home speaker (or alternatively of your Google Assistant enabled smartphone) combined with the powerful automation skills of Prota OS and IFTTT to turn your home into JARVIS-like smart home.
Turn your lights into smart light for cheap and trigger them by voice-command
Trigger your current appliances by voice-command
Turn old speakers into smart music speakers
Turn an old webcam into a smart cam and receive a voice-triggered snapshot of any room you want to monitor
Anyone who owns a Google Home hub or Google Assistant enabled smartphone (among which Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10& U Ultra, LG G5 & V20, Sony Xperia XZ, Huawei P9)
Anyone who wants to learn more about smart home while using already owned or unexpensive equipment
This project can be done in an hour, with no tech/coding skills and for less than $40!
Step 1: REQUIRED COMPONENTS
Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 // ~$25-$35
16Gb SD card // ~$9
Any speaker with AUX cable = $0
An old webcam = $0
A USB stick = $0
RF transceiver for RPi ($3) + antenna to solder OR RF transceiver module with antenna included ($15)
RF switches (you can find 5 switches for $25 here)
OPTIONAL: MicroBot Push wireless button pusher ($49 here) + Your Google Assistant enabled device
Step 2: SETTING UP PROTA OS FOR RASPBERRY PI
Prota OS can be downloaded for free on https://prota.info/prota/pi/. It’s only 3.8GB and easy to burn on a SD card (make sure to use a 16GB card).
Download and open Etcher, select the image and the drive and start the process.
Once Prota OS is burned on the SD card, you can follow this simple installation guide to set up your Prota hub (less than 1 minute!). You only need to define its name and password, your time zone and your email address and the rest is completely automatic!
That’s it! In less than 15 minutes and with no hassle, you transformed your Raspberry Pi into a Smart Home automation hub!