Monthly Archives: October 2016

iOS Home Automation Free – Linking coming soon!

Like to give a quick thanks to all iPhone people out there!

I’ve had Android apps in the app store for probably 2 years now and I think I have only one download from someone I don’t know.

I’ve had my iPhone apps in the App store for 2 months and in less than a month I now have 50 downloads on the iPhone side.

To show my appreciation I got linking working for the free app (create lists of multiple devices that you can configure to do mixed actions, on or off, from pushing one button)

But it is going to cost you! As soon as I get up to 100 downloads then I will update the app.

I will update this page to let you know where we are at.

Total So Far: 50

Home Automation – This is why I avoid wireless as much as possible

Like any smart home device, the Insight Switch has its quirks. As reviews from PCMag and CNET have noted, the WeMo app can be finicky. It might have trouble staying connected at all times, it’s not exactly fast, and more than a few of those IFTTT recipes really should be baked in on a native level. Plus, while the device itself looks good and works well, it’s still chunky enough to cover up both plugs on many outlets.

Here’s an easy way to get your smart home started

Echo Dot review – kind of what I have found with voice recognition

This reviewer seems to experience about the same things I do even using Google’s voice recognition. I would say about 40% of the time you wish you just would have pushed a button.

I revisited my voice recognition app for my Android Wear, Asus Zen 2 watch, and it drove me insane.

I was trying to set up these commands:

sink lights on

sink lights off

first time I spoke, it heard

St paul


sync lights on


St lights on


St likes on


sync likes on


sink lights off


sync lights off


St paul

Good times.

Here is the review:

Engadget – Amazon Echo Review.

Amazon wants to bring Alexa outside of the Echo

Hmmmmm . . .

To do so, Amazon is relying on voice models that are key components of Sensory’s speech recognition suite. The models are available through the Amazon Voice Services for Raspberry Pi project on Github. This means that a developer with a Raspberry Pi could build a voice-activated Alexa interface and then incorporate it into a larger device all very easily.

Business Insider