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Android home automation appears in 4.2.2 update

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 innards, suggesting that Google may be reviving this project. There's been too many piecemeal...

Review : TKB Single Wall Paddle Switch

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 switches and I ended up having to give up manual control due to the dimension of the switch insert. Today, I’m...
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Review: Everspring Z-Wave Motion Sensor

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, the price was quite reasonable. I shall share my experience in setting up the device. Let's take a look at the specs before...

List of devices for my home automation project

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. My central controller : Vera 2 This device is manufactured by Micasaverde. It's a startup that launched its linux-based home...

Home automation is like (and worse than) the portable music player industry before iPod

Why do I say that? To understand what I'm driving at, let's compare and take a look at the portable music player industry before the iPod. In 1979, Sony started selling Walkman that took off globally. It instilled the idea that music should be portable. Before we know it, it evolved into Discman, launched in 1984 and widely adopted by late 1990s. This is followed by MiniDisc, launched in 1992 but...

Home Automation Guide : SQ Blaster Plus

As promised in my previous posts, I'd like to highlight some of the annoyances to take note when using SQ Blaster Plus, IR distribution system and, especially for Singaporean home automation enthusiasts, the Starhub setup box. In this post, I'm assuming that my readers (my fellow geeks) already possessed some knowledge of SQ Blaster Plus, know basic networking and understand how IR distribution...

3 Options for Automating your TV Console/Home Entertainment

First of all, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy 2013. Apologies for the lack of topics for the past two weeks as I've gone for a holiday and now I back with more Zwave devices :) But let's regress to the topic. Indeed, Zwave is one of the cheapest alternatives to control your lights, thermostat and curtains etc. However, what should we use for controlling your TV, DVD players, home...
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Value Propositions for Home Automation

  Following last week's topic on Guide to Z-Wave based home automation in Singapore, I've decided to remind my readers to pause and think, instead of writing another guide. For geeks, implementing home automation is satisfying and to fellow enthusiasts, it's definitely cool. However, when I showed the system to some of my friends and family members, some of the following questions pop up:...

Guide to Z-Wave based home automation in Singapore

From my previous post, if you have decided that you'd like to engage a professional or DIY  a home automation system based on a wireless protocol, you may consider Z-Wave. In this article, I'd like to go a bit more detailed for installing a Z-Wave based home automation, especially in Singapore. I may cover my thoughts on other protocol in the future, so bear with me for this one. What is Z-Wave?...

First 5 things to consider for home automation in Singapore

Planning and researching for home automation is a daunting task. Especially in Singapore where the market is almost non-existence with the exception of a few players who charge an arm or a leg for implementation. There are tons of variables to consider, including whether or not you're going wired or wireless. What do you want to automate? What technology options are there in the market? Where can...