One Year Of Smart Home

One year ago, I announced the start of new smart home project project, and detailed the motivations and aims of it. This year was a busy one and a lot of parts of this project have evolved. It also now has a name. After twelve months of...

Implementing A Distributed DVB Stack With HeliosTv

The GStreamer conference 2015 occurred last month. I was present this year again. It was the occasion see what is coming in the next releases and meet people that do various things with GStreamer. Moreover I presented a project that we started...

GStreamer Conference 2015

This year the GStreamer conference will occur at Dublin, Ireland, the 8th and 9th October. I will attend this year again, and I will present a new project that we started during the last months at SoftAtHome : HeliosTv. This project is a base...

Using a MacBook Pro for desktop usage and development

8 months have now passed since I bought a macbook pro. While this switch was considered as silly by some fellows, it has proven to be a good choice, even for linux embedded development. If you also consider such a move from Linux to MacOs X, this...

Measuring Mobile Network Latency - A First Attempt

I have been using the mobile application of my smart home system for several months, and the latency fear has come true : Connecting to the XMPP server from a mobile network can be very slow. Here is a first attempt to understand why, and how...

A Distributed Unique Id Generator For Embedded Systems

Generating an id is a usual task when coding. Depending on the project, these ids can be internal to a component, shared inside a process, shared between several process, or even shared between several systems. A usual use-case in embedded...

Flock now supports Somfy RTS

I recently added an initial support of the Somfy RTS protocol in Flock. Thanks to the rfxcom RFXtrx433e device, this was quite easy. For now only pairing a device and open/close commands are supported. This means that you can now control your...

A Flock Of Things

On the last post, I introduced my new home automation project and the reasons why I started it. This article provides more details on the software running on the concentrator that controls the devices present in the home. As a reminder, here is...