It's been almost three months since I've moved into my new place and one of the first things I knew I wanted to do was install smart controls and automation for the air conditioning system(s). As it was the height of summer in Australia the idea of being able to pre-cool the house before my … Continue reading Three months with the Sensibo Air + Room Sensor air conditioner controller
The humble checklist can be a central part of your personal automation tech stack.
Often forgotten by smarthome users as part of their automation arsenal, NFC stickers should be considered as a smart (pardon the pun) way to integrate another channel into your personal automation setup. NFC tags, the small, usually round or square-shaped stickers or fobs that contain small embedded microchips. They are passive objects, meaning which they … Continue reading Personal Automation Hack #14: Buy some NFC tags
As we get down to more specifics of where you can automate your life, personal finance is one of the easiest areas.
A simple step that will help you visualise where best to place your automation points.
While Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicked off in a very different way this year, this time all virtual, its coverage of its eco-system was pretty much expected. The updates to its various operating systems was pretty deep (MacOS, iOS, TVOS and WatchOS) there was also a few surprises when it came to HomeKit. … Continue reading What’s new for HomeKit from WWDC2020
Voice-enabling the French Supermarket chain hints at a step close to a full voice shopping experience.
In the realm of setting up your personal automations and smart home, deciding which To Do list to use (or if you can integrate your existing To Do list) is a key criteria that could heavily influence technology and platform choices. Being able to easily add tasks to you list over your preferred voice platform … Continue reading Best Task List apps to integrate with your smart home
Converting your house lights into smart lights can be one of the easiest and most impactful things you can do when making your home smart/ automated. Nothing can influence the mood of your house or customised to personal taste than lighting. When smart lights first came onto the scene they were largely automated via the … Continue reading Best and easiest smart light brands to integrate into your home
Google are starting to play nice(r) with 3rd party partners, expanding Assistant support to Bose, Sonos and other smart speakers and headphones. While Google Assistant support has been integrated into many non-competitive smart home devices such as light bulbs and doorbells, categories where Google have their own branded devices such as smart speakers and headphones … Continue reading Google Assistant features expand to Bose, Sonos, other smart speakers