Home Automation

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Google Home Mini – Black Friday Sale £34! – unboxing

It's Black Friday and an email dropped in from Google tempting me into a £34 purchase! As it happened, Google paid me for my...
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$20 Automated Staircase RGB LED Lighting: HARDWARE #part2

Where do I even start? I just finished the build and the head is still full of all the things I tried and it...
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Alexa Routines are better than Google Assistant shortcuts

Chances are, that you have an access to at least one personal assistant. Whether it's a Google Assistant on your phone or Amazon Echo...
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$20 Automated Staircase RGB LED Lighting: DESIGN #part1

My staircase has claimed a broken toe some time ago. Fortunately, it wasn't my toe, but I feel for the poor fella.  The toe...
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Creating Amazon Dash Yeelight remote

When I have seen perfectly referenced API that comes with Yeelight Smart bulbs I knew it's gonna be fun!  It took me some time...
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Use Amazon Dash as smart light remote

I have talked about the Tasker and Yeelight integration before. The recent app update has broken few things. I have submitted my feedback to...
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Tasker and Yeelight – turn your lights on upon arrival

I talked about emulating sunsets and sunrises with Yeelight before, this time around I want to make sure I will live long enough to...
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Emulating sunsets and sunrises with Tasker and Yeelight

It's getting darker and gloomier here in the northern hemisphere, especially in the UK where the natural light is out past 6 pm. Since...

Getting Alexa to talk

Encouraged by my recent 'successes' with Amazon Echo and NodeRED, I came up with few more scenarios that I would find rather useful. Getting...
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Alexa, wake up my computer (Tasker too!)

It's not the first time I deal with this project, and oh boy, each time it does change quite a bit. How is this...

NodeRED for beginners

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NodeRED for beginners: 7. Tips & Tricks

That's the last post of this series with a couple of tips and tricks you might find handy while building your own flows. These...
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NodeRED for beginners: 6. Function node

The Function Node is one of the most useful nodes in NodeRED. It's a javascript editor which doesn't do much unless you tell it...
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NodeRED for beginners: 5. Connectivity

I explained how to process the data in the last tutorial, its time to learn how to send the data to NodeRED and how...
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NodeRED for beginners: 4. Data Processing

If you made your first flow already, you know that data is passed between each node. If you want to see this in a simplified example,...
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NodeRED for beginners: 3. Your First Flow

We talked about why you should get NodeRED in the first place, and how to get started with NodeRED, now it's time for your...