Smart Home

May 30 2017

News - O'Reilly details a $120 DYI smart doorbell

I love building little IoT devices, so this project is right up my alley. Requiring a rPi (or similar dev board), a bit of HW, and some elbow grease you too can build your own face-recognizing doorbell.

Oct 25 2016

News - Amazon Echo now controls Harmony via "Skill"

If you have an Amazon Echo (or Echo Dot) you can now natively control your Logitech Harmony Smart Hub via a "Skill". It is US only for the moment (suck), but I was able to have a brief play with it anyway (shhh). Overall, it's nice that it's there. But, lacks some of the flexibility avaiable with ha-bridge integration (e.g. renaming activities to whatever you want). That said, not everyone want to spin up a box to host a 3rd party bridge app.

Jun 10 2014

News - Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Wow...I didn't expect to see something so Nest-like aesthetically pleasing from Honeywell.

Checkout their Honeywell Lyric Thermostat.  Smart and sex.  I've been very happy with my Nest but I like the companion app idea for better monitoring of when we are home.  Well if done right.

Hopefully we'll have a full review for you in the near future.

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Jan 15 2014

News - Honeywell @ CES 2014

We did run into Honeywell at CES Showstoppers and you are probably thinking why do I care. Honeywell Logo RedWell they have announced the Industry First: Voice Activated Cloud-Connected Thermostat for D.I.Y. Homeowners. They were kind enough to show us the unit with the new app for iOS and Android. It will let you control your thermostat with your voice or anywhere in the world with the smart app. You can asking it commands like, “Hello, thermostat make it four degrees warmer” and it will recognize the homeowners voice from even across the room. They have changeable color backgrounds and the device will get smarter over time. Check out some images below and the press release. We are working on a demo unit for review, stay tuned.

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