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Aucasi - Affordable real home automation

Aucasi real opensource home automation: convenience, security and energy saving in one small cheap package

Aucasi - Affordable real home automation

Aucasi real opensource home automation: convenience, security and energy saving in one small cheap package

€17,004
pledged of €164,342pledged of €164,342 goal
174
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 24 2016 7:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 24, 2016

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

A few examples of what Aucasi can do for you: 

  • Switch on lights when you enter a room and it is dark
  • Control other smart devices like a smart thermostat or smart lights
  • Control your devices with our app when you are inside your house
  • Turn devices off that are on standby, to save energy
  • Simulate your presence when you are on vacation

And all that with a really easy to install plug & play device, for a really low entry price: €49

Aucasi Socket already knows how to control most of your smart devices, and can make your dumb devices smart. Give your home an upgrade with just a few Aucasi Sockets.

We believe in convenience without compromise. With Aucasi Socket, you never need to even think about switches again. The installation is as easy as plugging in a toaster: plug the adapter in, plug an existing device in the socket, and program your own personal smart switching scheme. Program it to work simply by you walking into a room, by way of timers, events such as the sun setting/rising, the presence of your phone, or even the light intensity in the room. No more searching for a light switch in the dark or searching for your remote control when your favorite TV show starts.

This is not all; Aucasi can also be used to increase the quality of living for disabled or elderly people by taking away some of the stress of mundane daily tasks. It enhances the functional independence so that they can full engage in life activities.

Your home should always be a secure place, even when you aren’t there. Aucasi can help simulate your presence at home by automatically powering your devices on or off. Both physically connected devices and remote controlled devices (like your television) can be controlled in order to deter burglary. 

Aucasi Socket is much more than just a simple timer switch. It allows you to set up a dynamic schedule based on many factors, such as sunset or sunrise, the day of the week, who is present, the light intensity in the rooms or even based on the weather.

Convenience and security are important, but so is saving energy. Aucasi Socket can automatically switch connected devices, like your lights or television, off when no motion is detected in the room. Aucasi socket can also save energy by switching off power to a device that enters standby mode. One Aucasi Socket can save you 32 euros on your energy bill per year in the television example. 

Aucasi Socket gives you insight into the specific energy usage of any physically connected device. You can also create rules based on the amount of power being used. For example, Aucasi Socket can send you a notification when your laundry is completed since the washing machine will use less energy after it has finished the wash, or if you have solar panels with a smart meter, you can turn on devices when the sun shines. 

We believe that your data should always remain your data. Aucasi respects privacy as all communications between different Aucasi Sockets remain inside your own secured home network, and no personal data is stored on servers. Internet access is only required for features such as retrieving current weather or the sunset/sunrise times for your location. This also means that Aucasi will remain working when the internet is down! 

Everything that has a plug attached to it, can be switched by Aucasi Socket. A few more examples of what Aucasi Socket can do:           

  • When you come home, switch on water boiler for a nice cup of tea
  • When you receive an email, blink RGB light 
  • When your favorite TV show starts, switch on your TV and change to correct channel 
  • When your laundry is done, send a notification to your phone
  • When it is too warm or too cold, turn on fans or heaters accordingly
  • When your kids watched enough tv, switch your TV off
  • When you lost your phone, make it ring by one press on a button
  • When a thunderstorm is expected, turn off all your fragile equipment
  • When you go to sleep, switch all lights off 
  • When your solar panels are at full performance, turn on devices
  • When your phone rings, turn the volume of your stereo down 

How? 

We achieved everything above by creating a socket with a WiFi chip on board. Aucasi Socket includes several sensors and actuators, with which you can create all kinds of rules (triggers with linked actions). That, combined with intelligent software, is the power of Aucasi. You get everything an automated home needs, but you can always add more Aucasi Sockets to your network!

Setup once, enjoy forever 

Setting up Aucasi Socket is very easy and straightforward.

  • Download and install our app and plug Aucasi Socket into a (wall)socket
  • Select your WiFi name and save your password
  • Create rules and you’re good to go!

From now on your house will be automated just like you configured it. You only need the app again when you want to change the rules. Aucasi Socket is also very scalable, you can always add more Aucasi sockets to your home to automate more devices, or to have more sensors in more locations. More Aucasi Sockets is more automation!

For everyone

Whether you’re a businessman, student or grandparent, Aucasi is there for you when you need it. We want to really automate your home, in a non-invasive way so you don’t need to get your phone out of your pocket to switch your lights. Also for disabled people Aucasi is a solution to enhance functional independence and make daily tasks easier. For geeks, developers and hobbyists we have good news as well, because we designed Aucasi with openness in mind. Applications which interact with Aucasi and dedicated hardware can be created.

Open source

We believe that developers and hobbyists can create amazing things that can work with Aucasi, so parts of our software will be licensed under an Open Source Initiative approved license, and we will also provide an API. We chose an open platform and strongly encourage developers to develop new apps and (WiFi enabled) hardware that can work together with Aucasi. Of course you can link your Aucasi to other (open source) devices which have WiFi, services with an API, or use it with your own Arduino or Raspberry Pi projects. You can buy a NodeMCU devkit and run our software on it.

Just to give some figures, by the end of 2015 already 1.4 million homes were equipped with a smart thermostat. Over 7 million raspberry pi's have been sold, and more and more NodeMCU devkits and arduino's have been sold.

...and many more! 

Current state

Aucasi Socket has been in development since January 2016. We already have a few iterations, from breadboard to the last prototype including a 3D-printed casing, as seen in the picture below.

The video demonstrates the Aucasi Socket in combination with the Android app.

  • Direct on and off control
  • Automated control by user configured rules
  • rule 1: switch the socket on when there is motion
  • rule 2: switch the socket off when there is no motion (default delay, couple of seconds, can be expanded with timers e.g.)

Our latest prototype consists of:

  • A custom PCB powered by a smd integrated PSU
  • The ESP8266-F serves both the MCU and the wifi interface (working)
  • IR leds (passed basic test)
  • A relay (working)
  • A button (working)
  • current sensor: ADE7768 (Next prototype will have a different current sensor)

Furthermore, we have a working version of our software. We're able to communicate to the PC and other prototypes using UDP packages, and there are even more features to come!

We have already made a new design for the final Aucasi Socket and came up with a list of changes and new criteria based on the knowledge which we gained from our previous prototypes and company visits. 

Render of our product
Render of our product

Tech specs final product            

  • Size: 61mm x 68mm x 90mm (2.4in x 2.7in x 3.54in) [depth x width x height]
  • Pushbutton: to switch the socket on or off, or combine with your own rules
  • Sensors: current sensor, motion sensor and light sensor
  • Indicator LEDs: power on, relay on
  • IR LED: 2 IR LEDs to control your tv or stereo installation
  • Relay: switch socket on/off, max 2500W
  • Controller Unit: powerful 32-bit 80MHz WiFi chip and microcontroller
  • Operating voltage: 220~240V
  • Safety: Built-in protection features including short-circuit and surge protection
  • Environment: dry indoor use only
  • Plug: europlug (CEE 7/7)

The expected retail price will be €69, but only on Kickstarter you will get it for €49, and early backers for an even lower price! So back us today and upgrade your home!

The first products will have a plug compatible with type C and F, additional plugs will be added later. Aucasi Socket is a consumer product and for indoor use only, and off course, the motion sensor and infrared LEDs will only work when unobstructed.

The free Aucasi smartphone app will be available for iPhone and Android users. Users of other operating systems can use their browser to access and configure Aucasi on any platform. 

Competitors/Comparison           

There are other systems that can do things like Aucasi, but usually require a really expensive basestation (The Fibaro home center lite without sensors costs €239!). You can buy 5 Aucasi Sockets for the price of one basestation, and due to the all-in-one nature of Aucasi Socket, you can buy and connect as many devices as you like. See for yourself:

This table is put together using tweakers.net pricewatch consisting of conventional consumer products. It is meant to give an indication of functionality, but is not meant to be exhaustive. 

About            

We are a motivated group of technical university students, inbetween 20 and 23 years old, who wish to bring real home automation to everyone. We love creating new things that will help people in their everyday lives, while still keeping the environment in mind. We have expertise in electronics, embedded software and computer science.

We are located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and we get professional support from EIT Digital.

We need you 

We have a prototype and lots of motivation, all we need now is the funds to make Aucasi really happen. With your support, we will be able to manufacture these electronics in large quantities, which is a very cost-intensive process. Everything from the fabrication of the bare essentials, procuring the components, assembling the devices and programing the device.

When we reach our goal and our first products are finished, every backer is invited to our launch party, to have a drink with the development team, and get their Aucasi Socket first!

Our planning

Kickstarter goal cost breakdown       

In order to make everything even more transparant we would like to share the Kickstarter goal breakdown with you. we've contacted and visited several companies (from PCB assembly, to certification agencies) in order to create the cost breakdown below

Risks and challenges

Power supply

Safety is of utmost importance for us, so we have to use certified safe components. The power supply currently used in our prototype is certified, but quite big. Because we want a gorgeous and as small as possible product, we are still looking for ways to make a small, but just as safe, power supply (like a phone charger for example).

Certifications

Certifications are important. First of all they are really expensive, and secondly they might delay the process (and increase the cost) if clearance is not given in the timeframe we estimated. Although we already took this into account, government-issued certifications always post risks.

Software

Software is a continuous development process and we must keep working to make sure Aucasi remains secure and safe. We try our bests to implement all features as quickly as possible, but some features may take more time than others, and the software may not be perfect when shipping the Aucasi Sockets.

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    Supporter

    For just the price of a candy bar, you can get your name on our site, receive all updates and support Aucasi. You will also be mentioned on our Facebook page. Thanks!

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    The keychain

    You will receive a 3D-printed Aucasi keychain and your name will be mentioned on our Facebook page, and on our site.

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    One Aucasi Socket Pack

    Be among the first to automate your home with Aucasi, you will receive one Aucasi Socket way below retail price (29% discount).

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    Donate one Aucasi Socket

    Donate one Aucasi Socket to a retirement home or to people with disabilities (please specify) with a special note from you (please specify as well). You will be listed on our site as Donator!

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    Small room pack

    Receive 2 Aucasi Sockets and automate a small room for 36% discount over expected retail price.

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    EARLY BIRD - Medium room pack

    Receive 3 Aucasi Sockets and automate an entire room for a 40% discount over expected retail price!

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    Medium room pack

    Receive 3 Aucasi Sockets and automate an entire room for 35% discount over expected retail price!

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    EARLY BIRD - Large room pack

    Receive 5 Aucasi Sockets for a 38% discount and automate just about any room.

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    Large room pack with installation

    Receive 5 Aucasi Sockets and someone from the development team will install and configure everything! (please add €50 for a range > 50 km outside of Eindhoven, islands excluded)

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    Be among the first to enhance comfort and save energy in your whole home. You'll receive 10 Aucasi Sockets

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    Be among the first to enhance comfort and save energy in your whole home. You'll receive 15 Aucasi Sockets

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    Founders pack

    Get 10 Aucasi Sockets and meet the team! Book your flight and join us for dinner and ask us everything about our development process. Because you are special and important for us, you deserve a special place on our website. Furthermore get direct support from one of the Co-Founders with a direct line of contact via phone and e-mail.

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    Give away a Bingo evening!

    Get 20 Aucasi Sockets, and we will organise a Bingo evening for an elderly home! We will provide video-proof, and you will be listed on our site under Special Donators!

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    Receive one Aucasi Socket for a 43% discount over expected retail price!

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