I have for a long time explored the possibility of creating a wall tablet for my Futurehome Homeautomation controller. There are multiple installations out there where people have them attached on the wall with a universal mounting bracket. Many of these setups do not look very good in my mind. The next step is to use a proper wall mount which you build in to the wall, for me this was still a big step to take, so I wanted something in between. I had a Nexus 7 Android tablet laying around and I found out that it would fit nicely in to a IKEA Mossebo Picture frame, with a little bit of modification of course. A fun DIY project everyone can be able to perform in their garage :)
I know I know, it has been far to long. My new day-job has kept me busy day and night in between family life so this poor blog has ben left alone for far too long. About time to do something about that though. Biggest problem I have now is that I have to much to write about, Microsoft Surface Pro 4? Withings Home Cam? My DIY touch screen home automation tablet or do I just start right off with my favorite tech these days, the Amazon Echo? Well if the title and image did not answer this question then I guess you have bigger problems than me.
The Smappee is a connected energy monitor for your house, this post will cover the basics of Smappee and my in-use experience with the system. If you would like to monitor the energy consumption in your house and try to optimise the usage end become greener then Smappee might be the product for you.
This post will bring you up to speed on the second generation Chromecast and the all new Chromecast Audio. What are they ? What difference do they bring to the pitch? The difference between AirPlay and Google cast and how my experience is after a couple of months use.
I have worked within the oil and gas industry since 2003. I started out as an ROV pilot offshore and as time progressed I ended up onshore within the same industry. As most of you may know the industry is going through a change at the moment. Change is good, but the transition period may not be.
At the end of November I got a hold of Netatmo's new home surveillance camera, the Netatmo Welcome. What makes the Welcome special is that it uses face recognition to identify who enters and leaves the home. This blog post will introduce you to the Netatmo Welcome and give you a summary of my experience using the camera during the month i have used it and how I have set it up in my home automation system.
We are at the break of something big, few can even begin to imagine what the internet of things is going to lead to. Over 90% of the data gathered today has been obtained over the last two years, imagine the amount of data we will have gathered in 5 years? Dumb things become smart and they are providing us with valuable information. Rather than looking back at 2015 i wanted to look ahead. This post will cover thoughts on what is to come, in 2016 and onwards. I will cover technology which exists today and how it will become even greater when the "things" are connected to each other, connecting the dots... Internet 4.0
I recently got a hold of a couple of Sensative Strips Z-Wave Door/Window sensors. With a somewhat "odd" design, long and flat it could be installed on a door or a window to be virtually invisible. This is a mini review which will cover installation and function in both Vera Lite and Fibaro HC2 Z-Wave gateways. Read more underneath the quick unboxing video below.
I have had a magnetic sensor on my garage door for some time to be able to tell if it is open or closed. I have not been able to control the door through my Z-Wave home automation system though. This post will cover the Qubino Flush 1D Relay and how to trigger your garage door opener with it.
The new generation Apple TV is finally here. I recently celebrated my birthday and on the "nerdy" wish list i had an Apple TV. All my friends were wondering why i suddenly went back to wanting an Apple product. Well this review is going to tell you why.
Flic is a small low power Bluetooth 4.0 button that comes with a companion app that lets you program your buttons to your liking. Here is a small review on the product, click to read more.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is probably among the worst phones when it comes to battery capacity. I probably have to charge the phone three times a day. MY GP 10400 mAh battery bank is my main battery back up device for when i am out traveling. It is quite a heavy thing though and in not really something to carry in you pocket all day long though.
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Here is a detailed step-by-step i have done for Fibarolife.com. It covers the setup to control scenes in your Fibaro homecenter from an Android Wear device.
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In my race towards complete connected control of my house my Mitsubishi air conditioning inverter heat pump has been an outstanding item. I have been exploring various solutions but none of them has given me two way control. Late last year Mitsubishi introduced MELCloud. This post will cover some of the possibilities out there for controlling such appliances and a short review of Mitsubishis MELCloud.
locks for the Scandinavian marked has not been the best when compared to other countries of the world. The smart lock for my front door has been a missing item in my goal to reach total control. This post will cover some of my experiences. I will in particular cover the Norwegian Smart Lock IDLock and also how it plays in a Fibaro smart home system.
Finally are now able to communicate both ways between Fibaro and IFTTT, It is not an official release by Fibaro but the Maker Channel have released a channel for HTTP recipes. It is time consuming to set ip but it is definitely the best solution for IFTTT to date.
I was recently contacted by the guys over at Gearbest. They liked my blog and was wondering if i was willing to do a review on one of their products. I ended up choosing the Mipow BTL100C Playbulp.
Late last year we started prepping for our second kid. The result of this was having to transform our office into a toddlers room. The old ugly stationary computer was changed out with a 27" iMac 5K in our upstairs living room. I was very satisfied with the computer, but lets be honest, the Apple magic mouse is nowhere near magic. I decided to upgrade it to the Logitech MX Master. Here is a short writeup of my experience.
Total control of your surroundings is not possible out of the box, but we are closing in on enabling such possibilities. With the era of wearables and connected devices control has become easier and more convenient. At the moment it is not straight forward to set up and not stable enough, it is however the beginning of something great. This post will be dedicated to my set up and utilization of the wearable tech.
Forleden dag hadde jeg besøk av Future Home. Grunnet initiativet med Facebook gruppen Smarthus Norge tok Future home kontakt for de ville se litt på Ring doorbell som jeg har skrevet om her. De ville samtidig gi meg en liten introduksjon på hva Futurhome er og hva de leverer. Foruten interessen av smarthus har jeg ingen kommersiell tilknytning til selskapet. Siden Future Home er et norskt selskap tenkte jeg at tiden var inne for det første innlegget på norsk på veldig lang tid.
Apple has been criticized for the better part of this week after the launch of their new Macbook. Apples new netbook only had one port, the new USB type C. What is it and why does it matter?
Some of you might remember my post regarding the Skybell V2. The doorbell was not a product i recommend anyone of buying. I will be posting an update on the Skybell problems shortly. In the meantime i got my self a rebranded Doorbot doorbell the Ring doorbell. The Ring doorbell has failed to fulfill my high hopes unfortunately. Continue to read my first review of my first Ring Doorbell as i have a new one on the way...
You have probably seen my post regarding the Skybell V2 and that the new smart doorbells in general are not on my side. I am going to give you a chance to win this really bad product all for free.
I want startups to succeed but i have lost all hope with Skybell. My first doorbell had a couple of issues which we all know manufacturers can have. A major difference between Skybell and Ring is their attitude towards costumers. Here is why i am not happy at all:
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