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Secrets Of Voice Controlled Lighting

The Challenge with Big Lighting Systems Having recently completed a major project for a client (installing a lighting automation system with a large number of dimmers and switches), I was confronted with figuring out an optimal configuration for voice control options....

Should You Get An Apple HomePod?

Rip Van Winkle Is the Only Person That May Not Have Noticed The big news last week is the shipment (finally) of the long-awaited Apple HomePod smart speaker.  The reviews are in and now all the early adopters are jumping in with their reviews, blog posts, and...

Need a dog sitter? Try a voice assistant!

Do you use your TV as a dog sitter? Looking for a better solution using your Amazon Echo? We have a cute little cocker spaniel in our house who is really spoiled.  When we leave the house my wife insists on leaving the TV on in the family room for him. I don’t...

(Almost Free) Voice Remote

The Amazon Echo Dot is a general purpose “personal assistant” that listens to your voice and can provide information on the weather, news, sports, and many other kinds of information with add-on apps called “skills”. A huge feature of the Dot (and all the Amazon Echo...

Turn your Amazon Echo into a DIY home intercom system

Update: "Never mind". As of this week (June 26, 2017) Amazon has pushed out software updates for all Amazon Echo products that allows direct room-to-room calling. Now by giving each of your Amazon Echo devices their own name (e.g. Office, Bedroom, Kitchen, etc.) you...