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Review : ZipaTILE first impressions

On July 6, 2016, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

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…

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

On June 11, 2016, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Review : Fibaro Swipe

On April 9, 2016, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

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,…

Review : Vera Plus

On March 12, 2016, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

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…

Review : SmartThings Hub V2

On February 9, 2016, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

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…

VeraPlus and VeraSecure

On November 28, 2015, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Gardening Automation for Smart Home

On August 31, 2015, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Z-Wave Smart Home Control with Amazon Echo

On June 26, 2015, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

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…

Energy Monitoring with Z-Wave

On June 3, 2015, Posted by , In Articles, By , , With No Comments

The topic of energy monitoring is not new. Even though the energy tariff in Singapore is not exactly the highest, it is definitely not low enough to ignore the need to gain insights from your energy consumption patterns and adjust your usage accordingly. It has also been a growing trend, especially…

Living Innovations @ Internet of Things Asia 2015

On April 14, 2015, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

“According to a recent IDC report (February 2015), the Internet of Things market size in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) will grow from USD 408 billion in 2013 to USD 862 billion in 2020, a CAGR of 11.3%. Significant growth also is forecast in the number of autonomous intelligent/embedded systems,…