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Roomie : AV Home Control App for iOS

On April 16, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

I’ve recently stumbled upon a new iOS Universal Controller App for your AV Home Control: Roomie. As many apps have claimed, Roomie is also be the last remote you ever need. Since the SQ Blaster Plus has gone out of stock worldwide, I’ve been getting a lot of enquiries on…

Energy Monitoring for Rental Property

On April 9, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

I’ve recently received an inquiry about energy monitoring devices. Most of the time when people contact me about the Z-Wave devices, they are mostly asking for switches, neutral wires and if certain appliance can be controlled remotely. However, this person was so interested in understanding energy monitoring plugs and switches that he almost didn’t…

Sigma Designs Updates Z-Wave Chipset

On April 2, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

As we know Sigma Designs is the key driver behind the development and marketing for the Z-Wave protocol. Lately they have announced the fifth generation chipset and also included a software suite and reference designs that will enable manufacturers to quickly and inexpensively bring smartphone and tablet control to their home…

Siri + Raspberry Pi + Z-Wave, your DIY Voice Pod

On March 24, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 5 Comments

Siri, Raspberry Pi and Z-Wave In my previous post, I’ve introduced consumer product, Voice Pod: a voice control device which you can place anywhere in your home to compliment your home automation. However, that is only for expensive Control4 system. Is there any hope for DIY enthusiasts? The answer is…

Voice Pod : Home automation with voice control

On March 16, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 1 Comment

Before you think that voice control is here for Z-Wave, I’d like to highlight that this device is for Control4. Sorry to disappoint but I’d just find it interesting to share. I’ve always wished for a consumer out-of-box voice control. It is definitely a quicker method to remotely control your lights and…

Review : Everspring Door/Window Z-Wave Sensor

On March 9, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

  Here’s a short review of the Everspring Door/Window Z-Wave sensor. In fact, this is one of the easiest devices to include into my home automation project. Let’s start with the specification first Specification Technology: Z-Wave Transmitter (868.42MHz) Z-Wave Groups: Two groups and six devices (nodes) – Group 1 (1),…

Android home automation appears in 4.2.2 update

On February 22, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

Sounds like a good news? It has been forever since Google announced the [email protected] back in Google I/O conference in 2011. Finally, big brother is making a move to unite the home automation market. As reported by Pocket-lint, there are traces of config files in Android 4.2.2 revealed mesh networking…

Review : TKB Single Wall Paddle Switch

On February 15, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

I’ve never been able to find a review on TKB Wall Paddle Switch online. There’s been limited information about the dimensions of the switch and if it will ever fit into a standard pattress box commonly found in Singapore. Previously, I had taken the leap of faith to install Duewi…

Review: Everspring Z-Wave Motion Sensor

On February 9, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With 1 Comment

I had promised a review of the Everspring Z-Wave Motion Sensor in my earlier post. I bought 3 of these for my place hoping to further automate my home. Based on my research online, it seems to be one of the more compatible (with Vera) motion sensors available. In addition,…

List of devices for my home automation project

On January 31, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 7 Comments

I’ve received a request to list down the items I bought for my home automation project. Just realised that I’ve been raving on all other things except this very important post for beginners. I hope this can give you an idea on what is required and where to purchase them….