Hello fellow enthusiasts. Lately, I have been working on building out my own open source/open hardware grow room automation kit as I was really frustrated at the high price tag on anything in the market that had decent features. Right now the system is setup to monitor temp and humidity. I am currently adding in fire/smoke sensors and alerts that will email me if the room lights on fire. I am also adding the ability to control lights(this should be quick and easy the backend is setup to support it I just need to hook another extension cord into a relay and run it into my room. It will also have the ability to email you if the light does not kick on when it should.
The point I was trying to get to here is I would like to know what you guys think are the most important feature of systems like this? What types of things is it most important to you that it can control? I am also working on building a client for the system that will show the current status of sensors/appliances, will have graphs with live data showing environmental stats of the grow room and all sort of other things. I'm working to make this as user-friendly and cheap as possible so that any home user who doesn't want to drop $2000 on a system that just monitors humidity and temp can afford to automated much of their tasks in the grow room. I would also like to give the system the ability to change out the water in my hydroponics system and handle ph balancing and nutrient dosages but that is a very long-term goal. Let me know what you guys think and thanks in advanced for any feedback!