Category: Articles

Review : Broadlink RM2 Infrared Blaster

Previously, I've talked about using SQ Blaster Plus to automate your home entertainment system. However, SQ Blaster Plus seems to be perpetually out of stock and not replying to a ny email queries anymore. Except for occasional disconnection from the wifi network, it was a good product consumer, with extensive remote database to get users up and running quickly. In the search for an alternative,...

Review : Danalock Z-Wave Smart Lock for Home Automation

I've been looking for a Z-Wave lock to complete my home automation project (Lights, home entertainment, air conditioning, curtains and blinds checked!). However, Z-Wave lock for European Z-Wave frequencies are very rare. In fact, there seems to be only Vision door locks around but I simply cannot tolerate the look of the lock. Compared to many digital locks out there, Vision door locks look like...

Voice Controlled Motorised Curtain and Blind

One more step to complete my home automation project by installing an automated curtain and blind to my smart home 2 weeks ago. Yep, I'm obsessed with the crazy hobby of mine. I've been watching the curtain opening and closing just by voice or push of a button and the feeling is as good as automating my first light. :) Please refer to this post for more information on Android Voice Control......

Android Smart Phone for Smart Home (Part 1 of 2)

You have obviously heard of controlling your smart home with your smart phone, how about controlling your smart phone (in a way) with your smart home? This video below shows the possibilities by using Tasker to bake in smart home controls into your Android home screen. The home screen and phone will react to the things that happen in the house. (Sorry, no such luck for iOS devices). In this demo,...

NFC for Smarter Home Automation

Once again, I apologize for the long absence of post. In this week's short post, I'm going to show you how to bring laziness to higher level. :) Sometimes I find it a hassle to unlock my smartphone screen, open the home automation app or use voice command to activate a particular scene. Considering that I will always place my phone on my coffee table when I watch TV, I wanted the TV to turn on...

Price List for Z-Wave Devices in Singapore

Please proceed to for the complete list of items. The information provided below is for reference only and the prices in the Automate Asia website should supersede this price list. This is the list of ZWave devices that has been tested and suitable for use in Singapore. The prices listed here are nett price and subjected to changes (due to exchange rates). Of course, if you like to purchase items...

Review: MiLight Wifi Bulbs, A Philips Hue Alternative

The MiLight, if you have not heard about it, is a Wifi controlled lighting system, similar to the popular and expensive Philips Hue. The MiLight bulbs are LED and can be controlled via a wifi-bridge which can control up to 4 bulbs (as compared to 50 bulbs for Philips Hue bridge but I'm not sure if it is a restriction imposed by the app). The bulbs come in 2 flavour, white and RGB. With any...

Review : Fibaro Z-Wave RGBW Controller

Firstly, I'll like to apologise for the long absence of weekly post. However, I'm sure you will be excited to read this review. I've recently purchased and included the Fibaro Z-Wave RGBW Controller to include into my Z-Wave smart home network.   Specification Technology: Z-Wave (868.42MHz) Voltage: 12V or 24V DC Maximum Output Current: 12A - sum of all output channels 6A - for a single...

Belkin WeMo Light Switch, Now with Android Support

The Belkin WeMo has recently added a new device to it's home automation offerings. If you had read my previous post on Belkin WeMo's home automation, I had mentioned that it is not a complete solution without a wall light switch. Yes! they have finally reached the milestone of a more promising and complete home automation solution! The Belkin WeMo Light Switch, priced at USD 50, is now closer to...

Review : Remotec Z-Wave AC IR extender

I've recently added the Remotec Z-Wave AC IR extender to my home automation for controlling the air conditioning unit in my living room. It has been a while since my last product review. As usual, let us start with the specification first. Specification Z-Wave (868.42Mhz) AC IR code library Supports wide-range of carrier frequency (15 to 455kHz) 5 directional IR emitters (hemispherical...