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Review : Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell

Just to set the stage for this review, it might be a little biased because I'm a Google fan boy. I've 2 x Google Home, 1 x Google Home Mini, 1 x Google Max and 1 x Google Nest Hub (previously named Google Home Hub). Not to mention I've converted my wife from an iPhone to Pixel 3 XL so that she can simply ask "Hey Google, where is my phone" (Something that she used to ask me few times a day). I'm...
Ambi Climate

Review : Ambi Climate V2 (and Homey Integration)

This may be a very late review of the Ambi Climate but we were recently quite impressed by some of its features. For starters, Ambi Climate is a A.I driven air conditioner smart controller that was launched on Kickstarter October 2014. Competing products like Sensibo and Tado that only works as a internet connected AC. Ambi Climate notched up by taking users input on whether the room feels...

Review : KeyWe Z-Wave Lock (and Homey integration)

KeyWe is a korean company that launched its kickstarter "Smartest Lock Ever" campaign for their connected smart lock. Featuring connectivity such as NFC, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and a wifi bridge, the smart lock is also a typical battery operated deadbolt lock with a touchpad for fingerprint and a manual keyhole. The price for the lock in the kickstarter campaign is very attractive at USD99. The...

Review : MCO Home Wifi Edition

MCO Home switches are now available in Wifi edition that will work with your existing wifi router directly! What does this mean? This would mean that you no longer require a smart home hub if you like to control your lights, water heater, curtains and blinds (wifi version of curtain or blinds switches will be released in year 2019) with your mobile phone. In this era of voice control, the wifi...

Decoding Samsung Z-Wave Lock with Homey

Since we were working on decoding Yale Z-Wave Lock, we took the momentum to update the Samsung Z-Wave Lock Homey app as well. Since most of our explanations on decoding the locks were done in the previous article, let's jump straight into the kind of status updates (COMMAND_CLASS_ALARM) the lock offers: Alarm Type Alarm Type Level  Action 6 0 Unlocked by touchpad 6 80 Unlocked by fingerprint...

Decoding Yale Z-Wave Lock with Homey

Since we last post on Yale lock and Homey, we have received several feedbacks on the Yale app on Homey app store from our customers. There have been report that a YDD424 pairing as a YFM40 in Homey or YDM4109 pairing as a YDD424. While remote locking and unlock works fine for all the locks, there are instances such as there is no status feedback for certain manual actions on the lock (such...

New FIBARO Homekit Bridge

This article serve as an update on our Smart Home Bridge (FIBARO based). This bridge had previously supported Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomeKit. As FIBARO rolled out support for Amazon Echo natively via the Alexa skills, we no longer require the bridge anymore for use with Amazon echo. In addition, Google Home has updated their firmware such it no longer support 3rd party hacks such as...

Singapore Google Store is now opened! 4 cool things we can already do with Google Home (and Mini)

The wait is finally over! You can now buy Pixel 2 phone, Google Home (and Mini), Google Wifi, Chromecast and the Pixel Bud locally with local warranty at comparable price US Google Store! While the news were plastered all over Straits Time and Channel News Asia, describing what the standard stuff that Google Home can do, you know, asking about weather and traffic, speaking Singlish and playing...

Innr, an affordable Philip Hue alternative

Philip Hue has always been a synonym to smart lightings, just like Coke is to cola. The Philip Hue bulbs are based on Zigbee Light Link and requires the Philip Hue Bridge in order for you to control with your mobile phone or voice assistants. There are also a bunch of other prominent connected bulbs that are either running on wifi or Zigbee such as LIFX, IKEA Trådfri, OSRAM Lightify etc. So why...

Homey Integration with Bosch Appliances

There's always been a talk about connected coffee machines, washing machines, dryers, ovens and fridges. To remove human hands entirely from the equation and delegate these tasks to a machine is quite impossible as you always require someone to put in the coffee beans, manage the clothes, put in the chicken into the oven before the connect appliances do their job, not to mention the human...