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Review : DoorBird, an alternative to Ring Video Doorbell

We are sure at some point of time, you may have came across the Ring Video Doorbell or even the Pro version. Ring is one of the most popular wireless doorbells available on the market.  Previously known as the Doorbot, had a huge rebranding and climbed its name to the top. It is reasonably priced, easy for self-install and feature-packed. However, the one greatest drawback is that you have to...

Review : Danalock Circle V2

Fast forward 2 years from we first tried the first version of the Danalock, we've finally gotten our hands on the V2 of the Z-Wave door lock. Will the version 2 of the Danalock erase the bad experience (mainly battery life and not so ease of configuration) we had with the V1? Let's take a look at the hardware and the new Danalock app. The Hardware Unlike the V1 which has the Circle and Square...

Review : ZipaTILE first impressions

The ZipTILE ahead of CES 2016 earlier this year as the new wall mount home automation controller. We've got the wind of this device and awed by the introduction video. Now we've finally got our hands on this device, let's see how it stack up against the existing smart home gateways in the market.   The wall mounted home automation controller looks somewhat like a square frame for a tablet in...

How to Integrate Vera (and Fibaro), Harmony and Nest to Amazon Echo

We’ve previously shared on how to control your Vera with the Amazon Echo. The last round when we posted a demo video, we were actually using the Amazon Echo Vera Bridge. The open source software has since spun off different versions and improved by leaps and bounds. The initial version require you to know and find the device ID of your light in Vera and has a very raw under interface. The...

Review : Fibaro Swipe

Fibaro, a leading manufacturer of wireless, intelligent home automation systems, introduced the Fibaro Swipe at CEDIA 2015 last year. Fast forward to this year, the device is finally on our shores. The Fibaro Swipe recognises six simple gestures; up, down, left, right, circle to the left, circle to the right, to perform activities like turning lights on/off, lowering and raising blinds, dimming...

Review : Vera Plus

As mentioned in the previous post about VeraPlus and VeraSecure, finally, the VeraPlus has arrived on our shore around 2 weeks ago. So let us take a quick look at the hardware unboxing. We expected it to be only slightly bigger than the VeraEdge. However, it was much bigger than expected and looked a little more heavy duty. The VeraEdge looks like a toy compared to the VeraPlus. This is the...

Review : SmartThings Hub V2

We've been receiving tons of enquiry on whether we have tested Samsung SmartThings and if it is available in Singapore. Here we are, with a SmartThings Hub v2 in our hands. Here are some unboxing pictures. We expected nothing less (or more) from Samsung:   The Hub requires wired Ethernet and power connections. Plugging the Hub into your Ethernet router and a wall outlet should be one of the...

VeraPlus and VeraSecure

In a month's time, it would have been a year since Vera began redesigning its range of controllers automation. Around the same time last year, VeraEdge was released and this year, Vera Control will be releasing new hardware in December (postponed from November). The VeraPlus will feature a more powerful hardware than Vera Edge, with more memory and a faster processor (details to be available)...

Gardening Automation for Smart Home

Recently we have implemented an unusual form of automation in one of our customer's place. Most customers would like to automate their lightings, air-conditioning and curtains while we were asked to schedule the watering of their plants! The owner are frequent travellers who like their plants watered even when they are not at home. So we took up the challenge and worked together with the owner to...

Z-Wave Smart Home Control with Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo was released last year to a limited number of customers via invitation. I've gotten my invitation and it finally reached me 2 weeks ago. For those who do not know what an Echo is, this is their official YouTube video. The first time I saw Echo, like many home automation enthusiats, the first thing I can think of is, "Holy shit! I want to use it to voice control the Z-Wave system...