Originally posted 2017-09-06 14:57:44. One of the most exciting new products recently released in Australia is the Google Home device. The RRP is currently $199 but various online vendors like Kogan have them for around $169. The Google Home is a personal digital assistant which you control using voice commands. You can issue commands for it to set an alarm for instance. Or it is also a speaker and if you use Google Play Music or Spotify to listen to music, you can issue a voice command for it to play an artist or playlist and it does it directly
Originally posted 2017-06-27 15:33:20. One of the things anyone who purchases a home theatre systems should do it optimise the speaker outputs (if the system allows this). Doing this requires the use of a sound-pressure-level meter. Optimising your speakers will make a significant difference to the sound of your system and give you the best quality sound. Many systems emit a series of test tones you can use along with the meter to do this. It’s well worth the effort.
Originally posted 2017-09-22 12:07:35. Home Automation The next logical step with Home Automation and my Google Home is to integrate some LED lights so I started doing some research and came across the Limitless LED lights. As it turns out, I didn’t look far enough and ended up with a few challenges getting everything working. Even posting on and searching forums I found that there was so much assumed knowledge and jargon that it was difficult to get to where I needed to be. So this post chronicles my journey into Home Automation nirvana (for now and for LED Lights
Originally posted 2017-11-27 15:06:32. Further to my earlier articles in this series about integrating Google Home with Home Assistant I have made a few changes to my configuration. You might remember that I used the all-in-one setup of Home Assistant for Raspberry Pi. There are (were) 3 different ways of setting up Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi – the all-in-one method as it turns out was probably the original way and wouldn’t you know it, the month after I set it all up it was ‘depreciated’ and no longer supported for new installations although existing installations can continue to
Originally posted 2017-09-22 13:24:52. Home Automation This is Part 2 of our Home Automation article following on from Part 1 here. Home assistant allows you to use a URL as a command to trigger actions. This can be either on your home network or on the Internet. So the next step we need to follow is to get a Web command from a browser to trigger our Home Assistant and turn our lights on or off. This is more complicated than it sounds but paradoxically easier as well. A couple of things we need to bear in mind. First, to