Connecting digital system to an home distribution board

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by jack148, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. jack148

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 25, 2015
    Hi everyone.
    i want to build a small box contains a arduino that controls all 220v ac home switches by opto-Tariacs.
    It will be able to control the timing of all the switches.

    after i will finish that, i want to sell it. (it is a very consumed thing...)

    how can i start?
    (i am a third year electronic engineering student, so i have some (but small) knowledge)
  2. blocco a spirale

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 18, 2008
    1) Hardware Specification
    2) Hardware block diagram
    3) Software/ Functional specification
    4) Create Flow charts
    5) Design electronic hardware
    6) Design mechanical hardware
    7) Prototype and test hardware
    8) Write/ debug software
    9) Test
    10) Return to 8

    If you want to sell it, there's a whole load more expense and hoops to jump through.
  3. GopherT

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 23, 2012
    And, submit a sample to UL for safety testing.
    Create a Limited Liability Corporation so your customers don't sue you personally if the product causes their house to burn down or if the product electrocutes someone.
  4. jack148

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 25, 2015
    maybe this project is a wrong idea,
    but i am really trying to find a simple (but not so simple) project, to achieve some "experience" to my career. connecting to 220v is a bad idea.

    i am trying to build something cool, not just blinking led.

    do someone has an idea?
  5. sirch2

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    Talk to your professors, find out what industrial partners your University has, get ideas from them.
  6. ErnieM

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 24, 2011
    When on a job search saying "I built X so I could do Y in my house" is a solid statement of your ability.

    You only need say "I built X with sales of Y units" when talking to venture capitalists for a capital investment.
  7. jack148

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 25, 2015
    so i need to think about neccecerity.
    but all things that i can think about - somone made it before.
    today i thought to build a looper - for playing chords on electric guitar, and it playing it, and the player can play solos on it.
    but it exists.

    to bad...