Empea Berlin, a Germany-based company specializing in augmented, mixed, and virtual reality software, released a Facebook video a few months back showing off their experiments in smart home technology. Using a Raspberry Pi and a HoloLens unit, they were able to make a virtual remote control for an air conditioning unit. The remote is complete with various modes, temperature controls, timers, and other features. There have been no updates on this project since they first showed it off, but hopefully we'll see a finished version sometime soon.
For those that do not know, Raspberry Pi is a tiny $35 computer. You plug a keyboard, mouse, and TV up to it and you are ready to go. Since version 3 has come out, they are up to a speed that they can be used as a light desktop computer, but due to their size, they can be used as part or in conjunction with many other devices.
I recently picked up a Raspberry Pi 3 to experiment with Internet of Things (IoT) smart home ideas with the HoloLens. I have yet to write a single line of code for this purpose, due to time constraints (I have been way too busy here), but I do promise—as soon as I get a chance to get it up and working, I will do a how-to post on it.
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