(Warning, this post is a bit about playing the devil’s advocate…)
Ok, so now I have this table with incoming data, updated in real time – Ajax polling is so passé – with unit conversions, proper labeling, and locations associated with each device:
As I’ve said before: neat as a gimmick, but… yawn, who wants to look at this sort of stuff?
Which sort of begs the question: what’s the point of home monitoring?
(Automation is a different story: rules and automation could certainly be convenient)
What’s the point? Flashy / fancy dashboards with clever fonts? Zoomable graphs? Statistics? Knowing which was the top day for the solar panels? Calculating average temperatures? Predicting the utility bill? Collecting bragging rights or brownie points?
Don’t get me wrong: I’ve got a ton of plans for all this stuff (some of them in other directions than what you’d probably expect, but it’s way too early to talk about that).
But for home monitoring… what’s the point? Just because we can?
The only meaningful use I’ve been able to come up with so far is to save on energy (oh wait, that’s now called “reducing the carbon footprint”). And that has already been achieved to a fairly substantial degree, here at JeeLabs. For that, all I need really, are a few indicators to see the main energy consumption patterns on a day-to-day basis. Heck, a couple of RGB LEDs might be enough – so who needs all these figures, once you’ve interpreted them, drawn some conclusions, and adjusted your behaviour?