Welcome to Catalina Computing, home of Virtual Wiring.
Using our free for non-commercial use software and widely available 3rd party components, you can build all these things, quickly and cost effectively - without programming.
The Virtual Wiring System
The Virtual Wiring System turns *nix computers (Macs, Linux PCs, Raspberry Pi’s, BeagleBone Blacks, etc.) into robust, control systems. The system is operated entirely from the web, and requires no programming. Just define the problem you are trying to solve, pick your *nix host, and assemble your solution using Virtual Wiring and any of 1000s of available devices.
All the physical devices used for building systems are available from 3rd parties (and are often multi-sourced). The Virtual Wiring system runs on PCs, Macs, Raspberry Pi's, BeagleBone Blacks, and almost any other *nix platform. Once your system is up and running, you can control and monitor it from cell phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers using almost any web browser.
What We Offer
We've got great online documentation describing how to install the software and build your own systems.
You can download and install the Virtual Wiring software in a few minutes. The Virtual Wiring software is free, as long as you aren't generating revenue from it.
Store Monitoring Project
We built a Raspberry Pi based system which monitors a frozen food store's freezers, power, and basement for wetness. With small modifications, it could monitor your home or another business. See our Store Monitoring Project.
Check Out Our Home Automation Project
Want to Build an Alarm System?
How about an alarm system that costs less than $100 that can monitor multiple sensors and sends you email and text messages? Or how about one that's dead simple to operate? Read about them in our Low Cost Alarm and INSTEON Alarm projects.
Interested in Robots?
We'll show you how to make an omni-wheeled robot that can go backwards, forwards and sideways without turning. And adding your own servos, lights and sensors is a snap.