I’m impatient. I like new toys and new technologies and I generally don’t want to wait to play with them. We’ve been happy Sonos customers for years now, and Alexa customers since the UK launch. So when Sonos and Amazon announced a partnership to directly integrate the two in August last year, I was cautiously optimistic, albeit impatient to see it working. They promised a beta in 2016 and a launch in early 2017. I didn’t hear anything for the rest of that year, and wondered when we’d get an update on progress… Continue reading
Catchy title, right? I’m really enjoying working with the Fibaro kit. Based on their recent tweet it seems the feeling is mutual.
— Fibaro USA (@FibaroUS) January 19, 2017
Control of the colours via the smartphone app is all very well, but what I really wanted to do is get Alexa control of colour changing and presets. I’ve worked out a simple way to get this working – it’s not ideal, but it does work.
A break from endless talk of automated lights and LEDs, and talk of a different part of the home automation project: music. Specifically, whole house audio using Sonos and how to control it via an API. Continue reading
Okay, settle in, this may seem a little convoluted. My remaining LightwaveRF devices are not controlled by the WifiLink (Lightwave’s hardware that permits remote control via the web and their smartphone app). Instead I have a Raspberry Pi running Domoticz which uses a USB antenna to control the Lightwave switches. Continue reading