Automation

Amazon Echo Spot

Amazon Echo Spot

Echo Spot is basically Amazon Echo with a 2.5-inch screen that serves as a smart alarm clock that is powered by Alexa. The compact, circular design gives the Echo Spot
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The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep 2: Wink

The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep 2: Wink

In Star Trek, the bridge is a command center in a starship where commanding officers supervise all of the operations of the vessel. Like the bridge is to a starship,
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Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThings

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Samsung SmartThings. What is SmartThings, you ask?  Well, they want to be THE Smart Home 'brains' for the masses.  SmartThings consists of a
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The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep 1: Nucleus Anywhere Intercom

The ‘Star Trek’ Home, Ep 1: Nucleus Anywhere Intercom

Lately, advancements in smart home tech have been boiled down to apps, automation and voice recognition, i.e. scheduling a smart gadget to automatically turn on or off at certain times
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MySmartBlinds Automation Kit

MySmartBlinds Automation Kit

Imagine being able to remotely control every blind in every room of your home from just your mobile device. How about being able to automatically tilt your blinds to let
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Netatmo – New Presence and Welcome Cameras

Netatmo – New Presence and Welcome Cameras

  Introduction to Netatmo Security Cameras Netatmo announced at IFA2017 that it will soon integrate Apple HomeKit capability into its Presence and Welcome security cameras. The 'Presence' Camera     The Netatmo Presence is an outdoor
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What makes a Smart Home?

What makes a Smart Home?

We're already over half-way through 2017.  I know you've heard the term 'smart home' by now.  You may have an idea of what it means, or you may just think
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Automation

This is where technology really comes into it’s own.  We may not have a robot cook that we can pull out our smartphone app and instruct to make us our favorite meal and have it ready and on the table when we arrive home just yet… but that day is coming.  And much sooner than you may believe!

But what we do have today is mind-boggling.  We have systems (primarily for businesses) that can recognize a persons face when they enter the building late at night, and light their path for them to their office.  Lighting systems can automatically turn off at set times, and even turn on when the ambient light in the room lowers to a certain level.  Air conditioners can auto adjust based on the temperature outside and even based on the forecast for the next day!

The complexities involved in home (and business) automation systems can be very daunting to most people.  Which is why there’s people like me and my colleagues around to help you every step of the way!  Whether it’s just a bit of guidance or completely taking the project off your hands and ensuring everything is setup, working brilliantly, and that you know how everything works. We can even provide you with step by step guides!

There are various automation systems available today, but these are the primary ones available to everybody:

  • Amazon Echo (with Alexa voice-based assistant)
  • Google Home
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • Wink Hub
  • Josh.ai
  • More to be added…

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