Category Archives: Home automation

Zigbee devices

I have had some Xbee radios for some time but not got around to doing anything with them. I have three Xbee radios. They are all Series 2 Pro, S2B devices, with PCB antennas. Series 2 are harder to configure … Continue reading

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Bluetooth Low Energy devices

I have quite a collection of Bluetooth Low Energy devices, so I thought I ought to integrate them with my home automation system. This is a Ruuvi Tag that I bought on Kickstarter. It is acting as a temperature, pressure, … Continue reading

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Alexa

I got an Amazon Echo the day it came out in the UK, and replaced the Raspberry Pi version in my kitchen with it. I also have an Amazon Dot on order for when in comes out in the UK … Continue reading

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Pebble voice control

I bought a Pebble Time Steel a few weeks ago when the price dropped, and have just started looking at creating my own apps and watch faces for it. The CloudPebble site makes it very easy to develop apps for … Continue reading

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Alexa on the Raspberry Pi

UPDATE June 16th 2016: I was wrong about Alexa not being able to access my UK Amazon account. It appears that my UK an USA accounts are linked, so when I said “Read my Kindle”, Alexa started reading me my … Continue reading

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Controlling my house with texts

I backed the Seeedstudio RePhone Kickstarter, and got the Create kit. I thought I would use it as a house SMS server, so that I can control my house with text messages when I am out. I can already control … Continue reading

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Flotilla

I seem to be one of the first to get the Flotilla¬†mini-kit from Kickstarter. It consists of a hub that is connected to the Raspberry Pi, and then a set of modules can be connected to the hub via micro … Continue reading

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