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Smart Home Demonstration Video

This 3.5 min video showcases most of the smart home uses covered in this blog and more. It shows how a smart home can enhance the way of living.

Ranging from Lighting, Alarm system integration, Video and monitoring, Appliances integration, Scene controls, Visitor notifications, Fire Alarm sequences, Entertainment and Home Audio integration, Motion Sensors, Temperature sensors, Light sensors, In-Wall tablets, Voice control and Smart Thermostat integration.

Whole house automation is becoming more and more popular without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars. Many DIY products can be integrated directly or through 3rd party solutions into a home automation system.

Alexa enabled Retro-gaming

Alexa enabled Retro-gaming

Many adults remember the times playing Arcade, Nintendo, Gameboy, Atari or Sega games at either at a Arcade game place, on their own console or at their friends house. Some of those games have been ported to Platforms like Xbox or Playstation but only a...

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Alexa Drop-in

Alexa Drop-in

Amazon released a new software update allowing you to use your Alexa and Dot devices as intercom devices within your household using the green ring from the Alexa calling feature as an indicator. Just in time with the release of the Echo Show, Amazon released an...

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AutoVoice 3.0

AutoVoice 3.0

In the video here you will see, how Google Home and Alexa interact together by using predefined commands but also the natural language feature. Regardless if you say "hello", "hi" or "howdy" it will be mapped to the hello action. You can also integrate variables for...

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Echo Show

Echo Show

The day after Microsoft announces their Alexa and Google Home competitor called "Invoke" based on Cortana's voice engine, Amazon releases Echo Show as the latest member of the Alexa Echo Family. Echo Show has a touch screen and also includes now a calling feature. You...

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C by GE

C by GE

GE announced on December 6th 2016 a new line up complementing their C by GE products. GE Lighting already released Bluetooth controller bulbs earlier this year, but now they claim, that they redefined smart living with their new product line. This new product line is...

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Amazon to the rescue with TTS

Amazon to the rescue with TTS

2 weeks ago I published a blog post about Microsoft shutting down their Data Market place with a deadline of March 25th 2017, leaving many smart home owners with almost no options for having a somehow decent quality Text-to-Speech (TTS) event notification and...

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Chinese Alexa or Chinese Google Home

Chinese Alexa or Chinese Google Home

With Google Home entering the VCD (Voice Command Device) market, people assumed that there will be a rivalry between Google and Amazon. Out of the blue a third competitor entered the stage out of China. This device named "Ling Long Ding Dong" (name is for real) will...

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Azure DataMarket shutdown

Azure DataMarket shutdown

Microsoft announced the shutdown of their datamarket place as you can see in that email. One of their services being used in smart home deployment is their TTS (Text to Speech) service allowing smart homes to announce events using voice options in different languages...

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The Haus is closing its doors

The Haus is closing its doors

Some sad news from the Home Automation market... After not even one year of opening its doors, the home automation university "The Haus" based in Denver is closing its doors for good. The company assets are being auctioned online. The company Xssentials offering their...

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Ecobee3 Lite

Ecobee3 Lite

Ecobee released a new product - the Ecobee 3 lite. Unlike other competitors, where they release a gen 2 or gen 3 product, Ecobee has downsized the features for households which don't need all the fancy features allowing them to bring the price down significantly. In...

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GoogleHome

GoogleHome

Google finally revealed more details around their Google Home assistant product on Oct 4th 2016. They also allow now pre-orders to be placed for their official release date of Nov 4th 2016. Google is now entering the Voice control market, after they announced earlier...

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CEDIA 2016 Part1

CEDIA 2016 Part1

Water leak, smoke detector, motion sensors, dimmers, the buttons, swipe and wall plugs. Fibaro Home Center 2 and Fibaro Home Center Light The new Fibaro Light controller hub launching in October 2016! Fibaro Systems from Poland has officially launched their controller...

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Sunkpumps

Sunkpumps

With IoT ranging across a variety of use cases, I wanted to share one initiative which will benefit smart home users. Most homes have at least one or two sunk pumps installed in their homes (typically in the basement). Those sunk pumps help to prevent flooding of...

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Alexa on your smartwatch

Alexa on your smartwatch

A Chinese company is about to release a new smartwatch which is integrated with Alexa from Amazon (Echo) called "CoWatch". Here are the details published from their Indigo crowd funding page.   Speak, and CoWatch will listen. With a built in dynamic¬†speaker - and...

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IoT driving Home Automation

IoT driving Home Automation

The Internet of Things (IoT) market is a massive market consisting of a network of physical devices (thermostats, wearables, security cameras, sensors, etc) where those devices collect and exchange data. GE and Cisco are estimating that market to be between 15...

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Garage Door

Garage Door

To automate your garage door you will need a simple Z-wave relay and a sensor to determine if the garage door is closed or opened. Depending on your home controller there are many ways to accomplish this but here are two examples. Vera controller: Z-wave FS20Z-1...

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