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Voice Controlled Motorised Curtain and Blind

On November 17, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 1 Comment

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…

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

On October 29, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

NFC for Smarter Home Automation

On September 26, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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. ­čÖé Sometimes I find it a hassle to unlock my smartphone screen, open the home automation app or use voice command to activate…

Price List for Z-Wave Devices in Singapore

On September 1, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 4 Comments

Please proceed to http://www.automate.asia/z-wave 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…

Review: MiLight Wifi Bulbs, A Philips Hue Alternative

On August 28, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

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…

Review : Fibaro Z-Wave RGBW Controller

On August 21, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

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…

Belkin WeMo Light Switch, Now with Android Support

On July 24, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Review : Remotec Z-Wave AC IR extender

On July 13, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

I’ve recently added the┬áRemotec 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…

Automate Motorised Blind and Curtain with Z-Wave

On June 30, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

I’ve been receiving queries on whether curtain and blind can be automated with z-wave. Usually ┬áwould advise that they can be automated but we have not tested them on any motorised curtain and blind in Singapore. This morning, we invited Onna Prima to bring down their motorised roller blind and…

Android Voice Controlled Home Automation – How To

On June 22, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 2 Comments

This is the post which most geeks are looking forward to. How did I create S.A.R.A.H, the android based voice control for home automation? Similar to my post on Siri based voice control, I’ve never built anything myself. I just find things and put them together. Before we start, let’s…