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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…

Planning for your Z-Wave light switches

On May 7, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 1 Comment

“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…

Z-Wave, LightwaveRF and the Neutral Wire

On April 27, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Reviews on Belkin WeMo Home Automation

On April 21, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With 1 Comment

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…

Roomie : AV Home Control App for iOS

On April 16, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Energy Monitoring for Rental Property

On April 9, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

I’ve recently received an inquiry about energy monitoring devices. Most of the time when people contact me about the Z-Wave devices, they are mostly asking for switches, neutral wires and if certain appliance can be controlled remotely. However, this person was so interested in understanding energy monitoring plugs and switches that he almost didn’t…

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…