Souliss is build in three main parts, listed below:
The Arduino Networking Framework : This is the code that runs on your Arduino and compatible boards (things). It networks your boards and is the base structure of your smart home system.
The Android Application : This is an Android application that can communicate directly with your things, it learns from the nodes their features (light, door, windows or whatever they control) and allows you control them. For ease of distribution and updating, Soulisapp is currently made available on Play Store for free.
The openHAB Binding : This bind your Souliss nodes with the openHAB automation supervision system, this provide you a server to control your automation and make advanced schedules. More with openHAB it lets you control multiple vendor system through an unique interface, so that you can use Souliss based devices togheter with other commercial ones.
Is at your option to decide to use the Android Application or the openHAB Binding, you can even use both at same time.
The first step in is a tour in the wiki, this gives you a detailed understanding of Souliss’ features and capabilities.
Souliss is quite simple to use, but the following skills are required to get a network up and running. Consider that on average you can get a first node up and running in less than an hour,
- A general understanding of the Arduino world and its IDE to program the nodes,
- A basic knownledge of electronics and eletricity,
- A little knowledge of networking (basically the IP protocol).
Build products based on Souliss
You can build nodes with Souliss pre-compiled and loaded, so that people can just install and use it. Souliss code is distributed under license GNU GPLv3, and there is no fee to use it, but you should contribute back if you are modifing the code as per license constrains. At your option you can require us to re-license the code.
As an open-source project, Souliss is based on a community of people that share their work. You are suggested to join the community to ask for support, share your results and encourage other users as well.
Be Aware: The Community is a mailing list of
volunteers that help each others in improve their object and home empowered with Souliss. If you are using Souliss on a product, consider to get a
premium support, contact us for details.
Contribute and Promote
You can contribute and promote Souliss in several ways, it isn’t mandatory to be a programmer or an electronic designer/engineer:
- Share on social media (twitter, G+) and with friends, show them your Souliss installation and help them to get started
- Partecipate in the community, help other people and share your results
- Fork the code and contribute in the development
- Donate to support the expenses and development
If you want to share your code, refer to contribute page in the wiki.
Support and Donations: As all
community driven project, also here all contribution to support the projects are welcome. Donations are used to cover expenses.