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Entries in Automation (35)

Friday
Aug182017

Podcast #805: Surround Sound and (almost) Free Movies

We realized recently how much we used to talk about surround sound, why it matters, why people should really spring for it if they don't have it. But we don't much anymore. We just assume everyone has it or everyone knows about it now. But if you don't, you really should. You don't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Friday
Jul072017

Podcast #799: Prime Day and Vacation Automation

Back for the third installment, Amazon Prime Day hits next week. There's a lot to be ready for, and so many deals to be had. And with summer vacation season in full swing, we also have an in-depth look at how we use automation to make us feel at home while on vacation. Maybe some of our ideas will spark some new additions to your own home automation setup. And if you're lucky they may even be on sale on Prime Day.

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Friday
Apr212017

Podcast #788: Smart Home Tech and Hulu TV

We discuss a couple interesting takes on how to use smart home technology to enable those who may not otherwise want to jump into something so “techie.” Voice control alone could be huge for many as they age or those with serious injuries or disabilities.

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Friday
Mar312017

Podcast #785: D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD

The D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD (MSRP $199.95) camera is the first camera that makes use of Apple’s HomeKit technology. It's not an ugly, bulky Wifi camera that most are used to, but one that can be easily integrated into your home, while still providing a complete feature set in 1080p resolution.

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Friday
Apr012016

Podcast #733: Home Automation: OpenHAB and OpenRemote

There is this dream we have to be able to automate everything in our homes, but do it ourselves, without hiring an installer, and do it for cheap without breaking the bank. So far we have used a lot of Insteon devices, and tied them into other systems to expand the overall reach of what we could build. Luckily, we aren’t the only ones with this dream and a few open source projects have popped up to help us DIY-ers achieve our dreams.

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Friday
Mar112016

Podcast #730: Interview with Will Price, CEO of Simple Control

Ara has been using Simple Control as his home remote for many years. It is the one piece of gear that he can’t live without. His setup includes three rooms, lights, thermostats, and iTunes control all in one great looking app. We produced a video demonstrating the capabilities, though a little dated they show the capabilities pretty well.

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