One of the many home automation technologies that I use in my houses is Samsung SmartThings. It supports a wide array of sensors, integrated well with Alexa and Arlo, and provides a slick phone UI with the ability to manage multiple homes. For a long time, I’ve used the SmartThings Leak Sensor to monitor for … Continue reading SmartThings Smoke Alarm
As noted in many previous posts, I have a ton of smart devices throughout my houses, all tied together by a plethora of Amazon Echoes. Today, as described in detail in a post on Gizmodo, Amazon rolled out a ton of new Echo devices. I’m excited to see how I can incorporate them into my … Continue reading So Many New Echoes!
How many do you have? Even with apps that act as multi-brand hubs, I’ve still ended up with so many: Continue reading So Many Home Automation Apps
As the weather has continued to warm, I have started making small landscaping and other exterior improvements, as well as power washing the garage and the front porch. First, I replaced the arbor vidae on the Range Trail side of the wall, since the previous ones had died over the winter: After that, I planted … Continue reading Spring Landscaping
One of the primary goals of my initial home automation installation was to install smart light switches that would allow me to turn lights on and off with my voice. While it is cool to be able to walk into a room and say “Alexa, turn on the living room,” the real power comes when … Continue reading Choosing the Right Smart Switch
While writing custom Alexa skills has been necessary for some of the hyper-specific home automation tasks I’ve wanted to do, there are often much more straightforward ways to integrate different smart home platforms. The best of these is IFTTT, which stands for if this, then that. It allows you utilize pre-built (or create new) applets, … Continue reading Integrating Arlo, Wemo, and Echo via IFTTT
Over the last several weeks, I have been adding various home automation technologies to the house: Arlo for home security, Wemo and Lutron Caseta for automated lighting, and Amazon Echo/Alexa for voice control. Out of the box, Alexa’s integration with other smart home technologies is pretty good. It doesn’t take any custom work to be … Continue reading Custom Alexa Skill for Tracking Car Use