Gardening Automation for Smart Home

Recently we have implemented an unusual form of automation in one of our customer's place. Most customers would like to automate their lightings, air-conditioning and curtains while we were asked to schedule the watering of their plants! The owner are frequent travellers who like their plants watered even when they are not at home. So we took up the challenge and worked together with the owner to...

Z-Wave Smart Home Control with Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo was released last year to a limited number of customers via invitation. I've gotten my invitation and it finally reached me 2 weeks ago. For those who do not know what an Echo is, this is their official YouTube video. The first time I saw Echo, like many home automation enthusiats, the first thing I can think of is, "Holy shit! I want to use it to voice control the Z-Wave system...

Energy Monitoring with Z-Wave

The topic of energy monitoring is not new. Even though the energy tariff in Singapore is not exactly the highest, it is definitely not low enough to ignore the need to gain insights from your energy consumption patterns and adjust your usage accordingly. It has also been a growing trend, especially with interests from home owners who rent out their apartments. If you had explored the energy...

Living Innovations @ Internet of Things Asia 2015

"According to a recent IDC report (February 2015), the Internet of Things market size in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) will grow from USD 408 billion in 2013 to USD 862 billion in 2020, a CAGR of 11.3%. Significant growth also is forecast in the number of autonomous intelligent/embedded systems, or “things”,that will connect to the internet in APeJ, with the number growing from 2.59...

Review : Vera Edge

Once again, apologies for the long absence of post. I've previously posted some pictures of the new Vera Edge on Home Automation Geeks but took a while to follow up a review. Considering many of the readers may be already familiar with Vera Lite and Vera 3, or may have researched a bit on Vera. Here a quick review of the Vera Edge. First Impression Our first impression is the small form factor...

Affordable Home Automation Solutions

If you are planning to turn your home into a smart home then you must go for home automation systems.  Whether it is concerned to security of your home or you wish to control the appliances, these automation solutions serve you with everything. In the busy schedules of today’s life, men have always been craving for how to make life most comfortable. Some buy spa equipment, some go for home...

Review : MCO Home Capacitive Touch Z-Wave Switch

A capacitive touch z-wave wall switch is something that was missing from the market for the longest time. Vitrum Z-Wave wall switch, costing more than SGD 200 even for one gang, has been around for sometime but the price was simply beyond the reach of many hobbyists or home owners. Many readers have also been asking if Livolo capacitive touch switches could work with Fibaro relays hoping to...

Integrating Foscam IP Camera to Your Vera

I've always gotten enquires like "what can be used as CCTV for home automation". As far as I know, Vera or Fibaro Home Center 2 does not integrate with the conventional CCTV. However, if you want some form of surveillance camera to work with your home automation system, you can try integrating Foscam IP cameras to your Vera or Home Center 2. Today, I'm going to show you how to integrate a Foscam...

Android Smart Phone for Smart Home (Google Now Edition)

This post serves as a update for my readers who are Tasker fanatics. If you had followed my previous guide on AutoVoice tasker to create custom voice control for your smart home, you might have hoped that you can simply speak the command and your smart home does the magic. However, the original AutoVoice background listening doesn't work so perfectly. If you had tried, you will realise that your...

Domotics is now operating via Automate.Asia!

Dear Readers, Thank you for your support over the past 2 years. I've started this blog to share my passion for setting up affordable home automation system, specifically in Singapore context. Of course, I started to do and share crazy stuff I did at home. It was originally for fun and it turned out to a tiny pocket money business offering Z-Wave products for home automation enthusiast in...