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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2018, 12:05 »
I am using the following devices.

Philip Hue lights
Yeelights
ikea wireless lights
RM Pro plus/mini with switches
TP link smart plugs.

My CD player can skip track or stop playing just using command... provided that Alexa hear me....
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2018, 12:42 »
Actually you don't need programming skills if you pay for the vendor to install for you right? If you look at the 'programming' involved, most scenes n events are configurable from app/browser. Simple drag n drop or drop down list. End of day, all based on simple idea of "if this, then that. Else .. "
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2018, 13:30 »
Just got one echo dot from amazon and google home mini from japan. Lets try which is better.
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2018, 13:43 »
The google home mini from local is supposed to understand some local slang.

Tried something like kopitiam and it was able to tell me what it was...lol

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« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2018, 21:16 »
That's all it does  ???
I might pass if I need a rocket science degree to work it out...
Switching lights off remotely might be nice..


I have a Yamaha LX 170 which can be programmed to turn on at night (different timings for different days) - and that works nicely for me. That my only 'smart' item right now I guess.
Well, apart from Alexa Echo, which I mainly use as a radio..

i have motion sensor scattered all over to turn on lights and ceiling fans on demand. hardly touch the physical switches anymore.

toilet lights to slowly dim up over 10min interval for weekday mornings, so that your eyeballs dont get stabbed.

alexa/ handheld remote to dim lights in mbr; missus can continue reading while i turn in for the night.

sonos to start playing (fade up) in the mornings and fade off when its time to leave house. when the music stops and certain lights turn off, its cue to the kids to hurry up, they are running late.

u can use alexa to turn on the tv and channel surf also. but the voice recognition degrades when there are loud sounds around.

its to your imagination and your own personal use cases.
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2018, 21:21 »
I am using the following devices.

Philip Hue lights
Yeelights
ikea wireless lights
RM Pro plus/mini with switches
TP link smart plugs.

My CD player can skip track or stop playing just using command... provided that Alexa hear me....

all connected via alexa? thats your unifying platform? automation by which platform?

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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2018, 08:41 »
all connected via alexa? thats your unifying platform? automation by which platform?

Hi simic,

I am playing around with both Alexa and Google Assistance.

Automation are done by "Routines" in Alexa or Google Assistance.

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2018, 08:56 »
Actually you don't need programming skills if you pay for the vendor to install for you right? If you look at the 'programming' involved, most scenes n events are configurable from app/browser. Simple drag n drop or drop down list. End of day, all based on simple idea of "if this, then that. Else .. "

If I am not wrong when Home automation are introduce the software isn't that mature to fully integrate and automate the devices. It take some effort of using programming to automate the system.

Now there's "Routines" available in them apps which you can set your command and action.

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2018, 09:47 »
If I am not wrong when Home automation are introduce the software isn't that mature to fully integrate and automate the devices. It take some effort of using programming to automate the system.

Now there's "Routines" available in them apps which you can set your command and action.
One big issue is that you may get items from different vendors, so they may not integrate or talk so well to each other..
Hopefully the scene matures more... and gets more simplified.
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2018, 08:33 »
Anyone using yeelight instead of hue? Price looks much lower and doesn't need a proprietary hub. Connects using WiFi instead of zwave.

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« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2018, 12:25 »
Anyone using yeelight instead of hue? Price looks much lower and doesn't need a proprietary hub. Connects using WiFi instead of zwave.

its a good choice if you choose to remain within XM ecosystem.

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #26 on: December 10, 2018, 12:28 »
If I want to integrate with echo + Fibaro?

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« Reply #27 on: December 10, 2018, 12:36 »
If I want to integrate with echo + Fibaro?

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echo can... just install the alexa skills for yeelight

for fibaro, something like this?

https://forum.fibaro.com/files/file/110-yeelight-manager/

Sorry, i dont have fibaro ecosystem.

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« Reply #28 on: December 10, 2018, 14:29 »
echo can... just install the alexa skills for yeelight

for fibaro, something like this?

https://forum.fibaro.com/files/file/110-yeelight-manager/

Sorry, i dont have fibaro ecosystem.

Thank you, sent to my fibaro agent to explore. If confirm can work, will get some during 12.12 sales from lazada.

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2018, 07:53 »
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