Right now I am doing a home automation project and I want to create two things. The first is a device that looks like this but has the capability to also be controlled over wifi using Arduino. I know the Arduino route, but the final product is clunky. This device is really big and I was wondering how I could make it smaller using relays. Is there another device that I could use?
The second project is to replace and old wall socket with a newer one that has 2 USB ports and 2 outlets that could be controlled through Wifi communication. I am lost here. I understand how an outlet works with the 3 wires, but how would I be able to create a system that can take the command ("on/off").
Can I use the belkin WeMo to learn more? Any help at all will be great.