Oct 14, 2015 | By Alec

While the web is filled with fun and often quite clever 3D printing projects for you to recreate, the most enjoyable ones we see are often those that have an actual function. Even better are those with more functions; two, three or even six, like the ED-E Home Automation and Monitoring System has. Capable of tracking air quality, detecting gas and even fire and more, this 3D printed machine is a perfect tool for keeping your home safe. And what’s more, it has been designed by a remarkable 15-year-old high school student from Minnesota.

The man (or boy) behind the ED-E (EDison-Esp8266,pronounced Eddie), is the 15-year-old Tyler Spadgenske. Hailing from Buffalo, Minnesota, Tyler enjoys building cool electronic devices, but the remarkable ED-E suggests that he will definitely be going places in a few years from now. This impressive 3D printed machine is packed with sensors and actuators, all surrounding Intel’s excellent Edison. The Edison, in turn, tracks data from the sensors and ensure that the home owner is warned when something happens by buzzing and sending an e-mail to the user’s inbox.

So whatever happens, you’ll know in time. The six sensors used keep an eye on: the presence of flame, dangerous gas levels (including H2, LPG, CH4, CO, Alcohol, Smoke, Propane), the air quality around you (detecting things like carbon monoxide, alcohol, acetone, thinner, formaldehyde), but also temperature, humidity and sound levels. In short, anything endangering you or your home will be picked up on before it’s too late. 'In the case of an emergency, like unsafe gases roaming your home, ED-E will sound a very loud and annoying buzzer to alert you. ED-E will also send you an email in case you are not at home,’ Tyler explains. ‘You can also view raw sensor data right on the base unit thanks to an OLED display and four buttons. You can also shut down the unit from the display and display important information like the unit's IP address.’

It is particularly interesting what this machine can do with all of that data. ‘Esp8266 sensor units consist of a esp8266, a sensor/detection circuit, and a lithium ion battery. When the detection circuit is triggered the esp8266 sends data to the base where it can be stored and analyzed,’ Tyler explains. Data is also stored in the Intel cloud, and can be used to analyze the quality of your own surroundings. Theoretically, the ED-E can also be programmed to communicate with other sensors located in other rooms, for example, so there are really a lot of options to go with here.

It’s therefore fantastic to see that Tyler has completely shared this project online, and encourages others to recreate it at home. But as you can imagine, there is a lot more to the ED-E that some simple 3D printing. Basically, it consists of an Edison, six grove sensors, an OLED displace, four push buttons, and an emergency buzzer – all of which has been packed in a 3D printed enclosure. What’s more, Tyler has also designed some small portable WiFi sensors and actuators that can be used to transmit notifications to the user if he’s away from home. In short, there’s a lot to build. You can find all you need to know on Instructables here.

As he explains, the 3D printed housing consists of three separate parts, that can be 3D printed at home in any material. However, to ensure quality, he turned to Shapeways and their Black Strong and Flexible Plastic to ensure a quality result. The necessary STL files can be found on Thingiverse here. If you’re looking to customize them, you can also access the CAD files in Tyler’s Github repository. ‘Maybe you could try making it easier to mount the buttons?’ he suggests.

Now the assembly and installation process itself is fairly complex, unless you’re very experienced with these kinds of projects. The first step revolves around hooking up the Intel Edison board with all the sensors and other electronics, but fortunately the young engineer has written up a very detailed tutorial which you can find on Instructables here. Follow all of his steps for assembly and installation, and you’ll be good to go. For assembly itself, you will need to have a bunch of screws and some glue available.

If successful, you then just have to assemble the very useful WiFi sensors and actuators, and you’ll end up with a very remarkable machine that not only looks cool, but also protects you and your family from harm. Check it out in action below. What will all the naysayers say about ‘your expensive hobby’ then?



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