Monthly Archives: February 2013

Home automation calendar integration

I am considering adding Calendar integration to my home automation system, I will probably use the Google Calendar, the Google calendar API and its Java client libraries. What integration would be useful? I am thinking of adding an event at … Continue reading

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Laziness

I am lying on my sofa controlling my house by reaching for my phone, tablet or laptop keyboard. I choose a Spotify playlist, and skip any tracks I am not in the mood for. I adjust the volume. I decide … Continue reading

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Improved Spotify control

I have improved my control of Spotify by using Java JNA code to activate the Spotify client window before I send a stop/start request to it. This means that I do not need to know if Spotify is that current … Continue reading

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How should I control my home automation system?

Apps and web consoles I currently control my automated home devices and appliances by OpenRemote panels on my Android tablet, Android phone or via the OpenRemote web console. Wireless and infra-red remotes I can also use remote controls such as … Continue reading

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Changed to JCosmAPI library to update COSM

I have changed from JPachube to JCosmAPI as the newer library uses the cosm v2 API. I had to modify the library slightly as my very simple use of it was causing it to remove the tags on my data … Continue reading

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Current features of my home automation system

Uses OpenRemote to provide Android, iOS and web remote control interfaces Use the drools rules system (which is part of OpenRemote) to automate simple rules Controls LightwaveRF dimmer switches and sockets and responds to LightwaveRF window/door switches Both emulates LightwaveRF … Continue reading

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Linking my phone to my home automation system

I am already monitoring the Wifi status of my Android phone, so it can inform the house when I am home, but I want to do more. My system runs the OpenRemote controller and my ORControl socket server on my … Continue reading

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