Raspberry Pi + Alexa Voice Service

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Today I ran into an interesting article about the Amazon Alexa voice service (AVS). This used to be available only on the Amazon Echo device but is now also available for non-Echo devices. In this case they run it on a Raspberry Pi 2! A while back I wrote a … read more…

Configurator DB Graphing Utility

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If you’re a Homeseer user there’s a BIG chance you’ve heard of Jon00.  He has created many great extra’s for Homeseer. INFO: http://www.jon00.me.uk/hs.html   (enter username/pwd: guest/guest twice) One of the great scripts is “Jon00 Database Charting Utility for Homeseer 3”. The plugin can write data to an SQLite database and use … read more…

Automatic web-based config page creation?

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Here’s an issue I have run into many times: great plugin/script for Homeseer, but it lacks a web-based configuration page. Result: you need to edit a physical file on your Homeseer server to make changes. Not ideal. So the idea arose to create a piece of code that would – based … read more…

Major Construction?

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After moving to a different house I decided to get rid of the old crappy X10 technology…. Wow! Suddenly there is….. – no doorbell press notifications – no heating control (solved: smart thermostat) – no central ventilation control Decision: embrace Z-Wave. After talking to a couple of people the following products have … read more…

Homey – the next step in Home automation?

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Last year I found a Kickstarter project called Homey. This product really caught my interest. Why? It does a couple of things that make home automation as accessible as it can get. Always on voice recognition 8 Radio’s Web based configuration App for both Android and iOS. There are so … read more…

Google Chromecast: if I knew this before…

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For quite a long time the Google Chromecast had been sitting in my mind. There was an unexplainable attraction but not enough to conquer the “why DO I need it?”.  As a dear friend of mine says: “Why do I need it? Feeling beats relevancy” For years I have been searching … read more…

Plugaway – ordered!

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A while ago I got a call from a friend saying that I had to check out this new Kickstarter project: Plugaway  This really looks interesting. Wall plugs that can be remote controlled that also monitor the energy consumption. Looks a bit like a product we’re been using for years … read more…

Easybulbs – Wifi LED lights

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A week ago I ran into a post about Easybulbs on the Homeseer support forum. Being very happy with my Philips Hue lights I wanted to know more. These bulbs are also being sold as DekoLight, iLight, AppLight, AppLamp, LedMe, MiLight NOTE: I have not seen or tested any of the … read more…

Philips Hue Lamps

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Yes, on a rainy Saturday afternoon I took my family to the Amsterdam Apple-store where I bought the Philips Hue starter kit. YES it is not cheap but I really wanted to experience these new LED technologies and integrate them into my home automation system. The system uses Zigbee for … read more…