Controlling the Raspberry Pi HDMI port — with MQTT and Home Assistant

Controlling the Raspberry Pi HDMI port — with MQTT and Home Assistant

We have a Raspberry Pi driven digital calendar in the kitchen. I’m currently using crontab to turn the HDMI port off at night, and when we’re at work.

But a much more flexible solution is to control it using MQTT and Home Assistant. That way it can easily be automated to turn on when we’re home, if there is movement in the kitchen, or any number of conditions.

It’s really quite easy to do, here’s how 👇

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Kids traffic light, with Raspberry Pi Zero W

Kids traffic light, with Raspberry Pi Zero W

As the weather is warming up here in Norway — my kids have gotten their bikes out. To make it more fun, both for them and me, I figured I’d build a series of traffic signals that they could play with.

I first started with a traffic light, simple — red, yellow and green. To control it I am using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, this will allow me to make it communicate on Wi-Fi and MQTT later.

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Raspberry Pi DAKboard display

Raspberry Pi DAKboard display

My girlfriend wanted a digital calendar on the kitchen wall; I made one with a 24" monitor, a Raspberry Pi and DAKboard.

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Stack lights for Alertmanager using Raspberry Pi

Stack lights for Alertmanager using Raspberry Pi

I’m using Prometheus to monitor my home office and homelab, I figured it would be cool to have a stack light show the active warnings and alerts from Alertmanager. So I made a HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) for the Raspberry Pi to drive a five-colored stack light.

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Raspberry Pi with DS18B20 temperature sensors

Raspberry Pi with DS18B20 temperature sensors

I made a simple HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) for the Raspberry Pi to read multiple DS18B20 temperature sensors — it was surprisingly easy. I used the measured temperatures to control a fan using Home Assistant.

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