Tag Archives: HouseControl

You’ve got mail

My house now lets me know when I have mail delivered through my letter box. This is mainly electronic components from China. It tells me “You’ve got mail” in a Stephen Hawking voice. It takes a few Raspberry Pi servers … Continue reading

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Python version of HouseControl

I am beginning to write a python version of HouseControl. It is more convenient to use python on the Raspberry Pi and it will be interesting to see how easy it is to convert. As communication is by sockets the … Continue reading

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Media control using APIs

I am having fun trying to control various media programs via their APIs. Currently, I am concentrating on Spotify, XBMC and iTunes. I run Spotify and iTunes on Microsoft Windows, and XBMC on a Raspberry Pi. I also occasionally run … Continue reading

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Remote computer control

I have completed most of the restructuring of HouseControl, but decided to do things a bit differently. I have introduced two new devices: “speech” and “computer”. Previously I had speech as an action in media devices, but the majority of … Continue reading

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HouseControl: Media control

I have changed HouseControl to use a single MediaControl interface for all media devices. Previously I was using a MusicControl interface for Spotify and an InfraredControl interface for my TV, set top box and AV receiver. The single interface is … Continue reading

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HouseControl media services

I have added media services to HouseControl. Media services have a wide definition. They are any services that are supplied by TVs, set top boxes, music servers, streaming devices etc. So the following are media services: BBC iPlayer, 4 on … Continue reading

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HouseControl: how to control media devices?

I have a variety of “media devices” (in the widest sense) in my house. This includes 3 TVs, three set top boxes, an AV receiver, a DVD player, a Raspberry Pi running XBMC, a couple of game consoles and a … Continue reading

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