Category Archives: Home automation

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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MQTT Topic Hierarchy

Here is my current MQTT topic hierarchy in a real-time updating web page, produced by Ben Hardill‘s MQTT Topic Hierarchy browser. I need to sort a lot of things out. The data is sometimes correctly scaled, and sometimes not. The … Continue reading

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MQTT and Websockets

I have been experimenting with a new web site to control my house as the current one, written in PHP, is very slow as it gets data using TCP connections to HouseControl. I wanted to get as much of the … Continue reading

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