I wanted to have quick access to certain measurements on my home monitoring system, most important the two hot water tanks (solar and heat pump) temperatures and room temperatures. I could, of course, have my laptop to check these, but not so convenient when I am on the go.
I decided to have this on my phone – I used a neat tool called “Apps Geyser“. It converts any web content into an Android application. The web page that I wanted to convert is the public dashboard for my emoncms installation. Creating the application was fast and easy – just as advertised. In 5 minutes I had an application on my phone’s desktop that when started visualizes my dashboards. I have a 3G data plan, so I can check some system parameters on the go.
So, with a single click I can see this on my phone:
That’s convenient, but kind of slow – it takes few seconds to load and then uses up 3G traffic to sync live. Also, if left constantly on, the application drains the battery in an hour.. Basically I needed to check couple temperatures, this solution seems like an overkill.
<?php $relative_humidity=file_get_contents("http://**URL**/feed/value.json?apikey=**key**&id=1"); $outsidetempN=file_get_contents("http://**URL**/feed/value.json?apikey=**key**&id=2"); $outsidetempS=file_get_contents("http://**URL**/feed/value.json?apikey=**key**&id=3"); $DaniTemp=file_get_contents("http://**URL**/feed/value.json?apikey=**key**&id=4"); $LivingTemp=file_get_contents("http://**URL**/feed/value.json?apikey=**key**&id=5"); $SolarBoilerTemp=file_get_contents("http://**URL**/feed/value.json?apikey=**key**&id=6"); $HPBoilerTemp=file_get_contents("http://**URL**/feed/value.json?apikey=**key**&id=7"); ?> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> <head> <title>Emoncms data</title> </head> <body> <table> <tr><td>Relative humidity:<?php echo $relative_humidity; ?>%</td></tr> <tr><td>Outside t North side:<?php echo $outsidetempN; ?>C</td></tr> <tr><td>Outside t South side:<?php echo $outsidetempS; ?>C</td></tr> <tr><td>Dani room:<?php echo $DaniTemp; ?>C</td></tr> <tr><td>Living room:<?php echo $LivingTemp; ?>C</td></tr> <tr><td>Solar boiler:<?php echo $SolarBoilerTemp; ?>C</td></tr> <tr><td>HP boiler:<?php echo $HPBoilerTemp; ?>C</td></tr> </table> </body> </html>
That allowed me to have this information on my phone’s desktop – you can set it to refresh every few minutes:
I have few more on the next desktop.. quite handy.
There is an nice desktop tool (linux,windows) called rainmeter that also makes nice widgets. a bit like windows vista sidebar tools.. look at: http://rainmeter.net/cms/.
also an topic on OEM: http://openenergymonitor.org/emon/node/1291 but i didn’t finished the code yet..but I gues it workes like your examples here 🙂
Thanks for the link, though I needed to be able to monitor this with my phone. I always carry it with me, unlike the laptop.
Wow very nice, that´s what i´m looking for. Is there a tutorial how to get this PHP page on my mobile ?
I´m not very familiar with PHP. Maybe you could help me…