I saw this question posted on Quora today. It spoke to me because I’m working on something very cool. Before I get to that, this was the best response from Quora.
Mark Harrison wrote:
At the price point (and they were released this morning in the UK), I can afford one per room, in a five bed house, for less than the price of a Mac Mini.
Couple with a USB temperature sensor, and a USB relay, (and a bit of software that I will release under GPL) it’ll control my zone heating, with a web interface that provides not only an HTML gateway but an XML gateway to plug into whole-house stuff.
Very cool indeed. The Pi is definitely up to that task. Now for my project.
My Raspberry Spy
Its a very simple home surveillance project with a snazzy name. I connected my Pi to a USB camera, pointed it at a window in my house, and took a picture every minute. This is a few days of screenshots assembled as a time lapse movie.
Please forgive my early release. I promise to publish the write up soon. I will link it from this page.