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Automate Motorised Blind and Curtain with Z-Wave

I've been receiving queries on whether curtain and blind can be automated with z-wave. Usually  would 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 curtain track  to test with the following Z-Wave curtain/blind module: 1. Fibaro Roller Shutter...

Android Voice Controlled Home Automation – How To

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 look at the video which inspired me to do so. Coincidently, this guy also has a Z-Wave based home automation with...

Voice Controlled Home Automation with Android and Sonos Part 3 of 3

This is the 3rd installation of the voice controlled home automation with Android. In this video, I'm controlling Sonos with voice commands. Sonos is a wireless home music system. It is a multizone music streaming system where, if you have one in each of room, you will be able to play the same music in all your rooms or choose to play different music in every room. The music this little box can...

Voice Controlled Home Automation with Android Part 2 of 3

As promised, this is part 2 of my voice controlled home automation with Android (See part 1 here). In this video you will see how the various home entertainment equipments can be voice controlled by Android. The example also shows the ability to batch command for DVD with light so that when you pause the movie, the light is turn on and playing the movie turns off the light. Keep a lookout for...

Voice Controlled Home Automation with Android and Z-Wave Part 1 of 3

I've previously posted a video on voice control using Siri + Raspberry Pi + Z-Wave. However implementing that requires a little bit of programming and messing with Linux commands. Today I'm going to introduce an Android based voice control which doesn't require any programming :) This is a 3 part video which I'm going to show only the lighting control this week. Enjoy! There's one command...

Electrical Wiring Guide for Z-Wave Switches

I’ve recently guided an electrician on the wiring required for Z-Wave wall switch. Before successfully installing the Z-Wave switch, he actually used a neutral wire from some other part of the house and it caused a power trip. So, I invited him to my place to look at the wiring as reference and he eventually managed to install the switches successfully. In this short article, I’d like to take...

Planning for your Z-Wave light switches

"I'm automating 5 lights, I currently have some 2-3 gangs switches. How many Z-Wave Wall switches do I need to purchase?" I realised I've been answering this kind question a lot in email and I think I should provide a guide here.To answer this question, let us first understand what are available in the market.  For Z-Wave, the maximum number of gangs supported by a device is 2. And this device...

Z-Wave, LightwaveRF and the Neutral Wire

Whenever when someone wants to get some Z-Wave switches through me, I’d ask them this question, “Do/Will you have a neutral wire in your light switch?”  And if they are not going to do renovation or rewiring, they will ask if there is any alternative. I would tell them that Z-Wave dimmers do not require neutral wire but the kind of lights you can connect will be limited. The other...

Reviews on Belkin WeMo Home Automation

Belkin WeMo Home Automation isn't something new, it has been around in the market since mid Jan 2013. So what am I blogging about it only now? Recently I've visited Funan IT Mall and realised that Belkin had actually put in a lot of marketing effort and budget in promoting these devices. So I decided to check out the reviews so far on the Internet. For the uninformed, let me just do a quick...

Roomie : AV Home Control App for iOS

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 its availability and alternative. I've been a faithful advocate of SQ Blaster Plus (refer to my older post) and as far as I...