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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 Remotec 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  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…

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…

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

On June 11, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Voice Controlled Home Automation with Android Part 2 of 3

On June 2, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

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

On May 23, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 1 Comment

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…

Electrical Wiring Guide for Z-Wave Switches

On May 15, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With No Comments

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…