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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
A majority of my blog posts lately have been about future tech and how great things are going to be months or years from now. I wanted to take the time to talk about a product i have had for over 4 years now, Sonos! Click on the read more below to find out more about Sonos and how it can serve you.
A while back i wrote about my Fibaro Doorbell setup, in that post i told you that i had ordered a Skybell. Well now i have finally recieved it, mounted it and i have had a chance to develop some first impressions.
Just last month Logitech announced their Harmony Living Home lineup. The new remotes are taking a big step towards total home control. Logitech have long been the king of controlling AV equipment through IR, RF or Bluetooth.
I have been eagerly searching for a smart doorbell for ages now. Crowd funding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter have successfully founded a couple of great ones lately. Two of the most popular are problably Skybell and Doorbot. The bells are internet connected, have two way audio communication and live video of the person at your door. It seems that none of the bells available are a 100% stable yet and still have some bugs. After some reading though i decided that i would order myself a Skybell as it seemed like it had sorted out most of the start-up problems, it was easier to install with my existing doorbell system and had a smaller footprint.
The internet of things is a common phrase describing things being connected to the internet. And it is when i start summarizing the "internet of things" I own myself that i can see that we have come a way. I am thrilled to see so many dumb things being handed a "brain" to work for us human beings. In this post i will give you a short introduction to "My internet of things" and especially the IFTTT service i use to tie them all together.
It has been quiet on this front for some time now. We have been on holiday in Rhodes. We have had a great summer here in Norway this year. With this beautiful weather, watering the garden is a must every night! So the project in hand before we left for our holiday was automatic garden irrigation. I set up four zones, but i am only utilizing two of them at the moment. Zone 1 is the front garden bed and zone 2 is the side and aft beds.
Kickstarter has given birth to a lot of products during it's time. SmartThings started a crowd funding here in Desember 2012 and became popular very fast. Smartthings packs sensors for ZigBee, Z-Wave as well as IP-accessible devices. Combined with a really smart app for both iPhone and Android devices the Smartthings product line could become one of the biggest within the smarthome industry.
Early this week i finally received my Fibaro motion sensors. I have been using the Aeon Labs multisensors since the beginning of my z-wave upgrade. The Aeon Labs sensors have worked great and i can not complain about them at all, but there is something about the fibaro products. I just have to get them, although i was planning on expanding on my motion sensors anyways. Since the Aeon Labs sensors can handle outside environments i am thinking of changing them out inside for the Fibaro ones. I must say they look absolutely astonishing. They are so tiny you would not believe it.
My intelligent home has expanded even more. A missing link for a long time has been the opportunity to be able to control my Somfy RTS enabled products. Somfy is Europs biggest and most popular way of controlling blinds, awnings, heatlamps and other house appliances.
Skal man handle z-wave produkter her til lands er ikke alternativene mange. Man har nettbutikken Fnky og Tronika. Jeg har brukt Tronika i lengre tid selv og har vært fornøyd med de på mange måter. Problemet er bare at fraktprisene deres er nokså høye, billigste alternativ med sporing er på kr 170,- noe jeg mener blir for drøyt når man skal kjøpe noe til 400-500 kr. For noen måneder siden tok jeg kontakt med Komplett.no for å tipse de litt om Z-wave. Det skjer nok ikke over natten at Komplett velger å ta inn slike produkter i sitt sortiment, men man kan alltids håpe.
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