After a few weeks of testing I managed to build a gadget, which stays on the desktop and which allows to control the main functions of my home. The layout for sure needs improvement – I concentrated on making it work.
Below you can see the screenshots. The background is taken from the RSSfeeds gadget, the weather icons from Weather.Gadget, the rest of the icons comes from http://icons.mysitemyway.com:
On the main screen at the very top you can see the external temperature, the status of the rain sensor and the temperature of the three main rooms. One line below are buttons controlling light scenes (for example: SC1 – it is evening, SC2 – we are watching a movie, SC3 – turn it all off). Finally you can see an array of buttons controlling the chosen lighting circuits.
The screen of temperatures presents the temperatures in the different rooms.
The next screen shows the current picture from the IP cam (a jpg refreshed every second)
The last screen allows to control the sprinklers in the garden.