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XMPP-powered heater unit on a BeagleBone Black.

Hardware Setup

In addition to a BeagleBone Black, you'll need a temperature sensor and solid-state relay. Be sure the relay you get is rated for over the amount of current your heater takes; in my case I needed the SSR-25DA since my heater draws 13A. You'll want three different colors of solid-core wire; the length will depend on how far you plan on positioning the board from the heater and sensor. If you don't want to use solid-core wire you can solder your wire to a strip of male header.

The pin numbering on the BeagleBone is very confusing as there a number of different names for each pin. This project only requires the P9 header, which is the one reaching from next to the full-sized USB port to the DC power jack. Most of what you need is at end near the USB port, but you'll need to draw from the 3.3V pin at the other end, (either pin second from the DC jack end of P9 will do) for the temperature sensor.

The data sheet for the relay claims that it only draws 7.5ma at 12V; however in my observation it draws 9ma at 3.3V, which is well over what the BeagleBone can supply from a single gpio pin. Because of this it's necessary to use the gpio to toggle a signal from the Beaglebone's SYS 5V pin using another relay or a transistor. (not shown on the pinout diagram) Theoretically you could use either VDD voltage instead, but this didn't work for me, and the SYS pin provides up to 250ma, which is plenty for our purposes.

Software Setup

Put Debian on it, obviously.

$ aptitude install build-essential erlang-nox erlang-dev libxml2-dev libexpat1-dev libssl-dev git tmux

Do a manual install of rebar and pull in dependencies:

$ curl -L > /usr/local/bin/rebar
$ chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/rebar
$ cd /path/to/prometheus
$ rebar get-deps && rebar compile

Set up the GPIO pins; both the digital out for the relay and the analog in for the temperature sensor. This will need to be done once per boot.

$ echo 7 > /sys/class/gpio/export
$ echo out > /sys/devices/virtual/gpio/gpio7/direction
$ echo cape-bone-iio > /sys/devices/bone_capemgr.*/slots

Copy prometheus.config.sample to prometheus.config and set the connection information for the jabber account you'll be using and the location of your pins. You may have to poke around to find the AIN5 pin; from what I've observed the ocp.N and helper.N directories jumping around following no predictable logic unfortunately. You can write an integer to a /tmp/sensor file to test on a machine that doesn't have the necessary GPIO pins.

Then launch Erlang:

'application:ensure_all_started(prometheus)' ```

You'll need an XMPP account for the bot to connect to, obviously, and
one for yourself. Log in with another client to add your personal
account as a contact before running the above.

## Usage

Set the temperature by sending a `temp 25` message to the bot's XMPP
account. Upon startup, temperature target defaults to 23. Read the
temperature with just `temp`. You can override the sensor with just
`on` or `off`, and you can schedule future changes with `in 5 minutes

## License

Copyright © 2013-2014 Phil Hagelberg. Licensed under the Erlang
Public License, version 1.1 or later. See COPYING for details.


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