Automate Motorized Sliding Door With Z-Wave

Just when I thought I've almost automate everything in my home, I came across a retrofit sliding door motor. I've found it quite dumb to have to close the sliding door for my kitchen whenever I turn the air-conditioning on. I've been mulling over the possibility of becoming even lazier until I came across this retrofit motor drive. The brand is RolloSystems from Germany. This motor drive fits the...

Electrical Wiring Guide for Z-Wave Switches – Fibaro Edition

This post is a follow up from my previous post on electrical wiring guide. Seems like even with the guide and the wiring digram from Fibaro, some electricians were still not able to get it right, especially for wiring of the Fibaro 2 * 1.5kw relay to a 2 gang switch. A picture speaks a thousand words. To make future explanation easier, here are my few thousand words. :) The picture below shows...

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...

Review: Z-Wave Multi-Sensors (Aeon Labs and Philio)

There are quite a few brands of Z-Wave multi-sensors in the market. They are a good addition if you like to make your home automation slightly smarter. However, not every brand works the same way. Recently I've tried 2 brands. One of them which caught my attention is Philio 4-in-1 multi-sensor, while the other (long overdue review) is Aeon Labs multi-sensor. Since I've not updated the blog for...

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...