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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….

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

On January 22, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 1 Comment

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…

Home Automation Guide : SQ Blaster Plus

On January 17, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With 3 Comments

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…