Huge jump in connections in openHAB 1.5

JAXenter Editorial Team

New update of Java based home automation technology now live, with integration to open source media player and hundreds of add-ons.


Java based open-source project openHAB was originally developed by Kai Kreuzer as a solution to his own domestic automation issues – however, the popularity of the the initiative has gone far beyond Kreuzer’s own doorstep, accruing thousands of commits on GitHub and earning the founders a coveted Duke’s Award in 2013. They’ve just gone live with version 1.5 of openHAB (Open Home Automation Bus), with all updates also supported on the openHAB iOS app, available in Apple’s app store for iOS 7.

In this new version of the impressively open system, there has been a sizable increase in number and variety of technology connections (bindings). Full details of these available in the Release Notes. In addition, there are now almost one hundred add-ons for openHAB.

Although XBMC notifications could be sent with earlier versions, there is now full integration with the open source media player. So, in addition to real-time updates control of XBMC is now possible, as demonstrated in the following video:


There is also a new connection available for for IRTrans infrared systems. Infrared signals are not only received from different remote controls, but also from openHAB. The home automation platform then works as a universal remote control for home theaters and other similar systems.

The home control system HomeMatic has also undergone some sprucing up, with a whole host of new features. Connected devices are now supported by radio and cable, as well as variables and programs of the Home Automatic central controller CCU (CCU 1 and 2).  There are also bindings for open source communications software tech from FreeSWITCH and Philips televisions  as well as for astronomical calculations (eg sunrise and sunset).

Following this release, the openHAB team will start on the development of openHAB 2.0 in earnest.

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