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.
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
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.
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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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.
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:
2014 was in my mind a good tech year. For me the biggest tech of 2014 was Android Wear. The introduction of the newest smart watches has been one of the best creations of the past year, that along with all the new internet connected devices created something we had not seen before. So what is 2015 going to give us compared to 2014?
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.
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