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Monday, June 29 • 12:30pm - 1:20pm
DIY Smart Home Demonstration and How-to Using FOSS - Kathy Giori, MicroBlocks

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Rather than give your smart home device data, and voice commands used to control them, to large tech titans, this talk shows that you can maintain complete privacy using open source software and tools. The open source WebThings Gateway by Mozilla protects users by not sending data nor commands outside the home. Remote management is secured by https, so you only need an https-capable web browser to log in.

Smart home devices that communicate over IP, including web cameras, Wi-Fi smart plugs, and smart assistants, are capable of connecting directly to the Internet. To avoid devices “poking a hole” in your private smart home, you can build your own devices, using open source examples. This talk will demonstrate the ease of building not only the WebThings Gateway with private voice control, but also devices you can manage. You can manage devices you build, and those you buy, using the Gateway. Easy examples of devices you can build will also be demonstrated, including motion, temperature, and door/window sensors, relays to control powered devices, and pushbuttons and dimmer switches.

On-line tutorial to build your own gateway:

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Kathy Giori

Global Outreach and Partnerships, MicroBlocks
Kathy Giori is actively using and promoting many open source projects, including LF Edge project EVE, Fledge, and more. She spends a lot of free time supporting MicroBlocks (microblocks.fun), but also volunteers for other favorite open source tools and projects. She's confident that... Read More →

Monday June 29, 2020 12:30pm - 1:20pm CDT
Internet of Things Theater