So why should you use my system?

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Malaysia is getting a blue pin! Thank you Poland, Netherlands, and China!

And a big thanks to U.S.A. for buying my Apple Watch App!

Home Automation, What is it?

Recently added a Wearables Page if you are wondering if you should get one.

Cost mainly, affordable and simple upgrade path, works with both iOS and Android, then openness, then the fact that I have no debt.

Oh yeah, Raspberry Pi’s work all over the world.(60 Countries, 6 Continents, 500+ downloads, Indonesia is getting a blue pin! South Africa, you’re keeping up, pretty cool!)

NONE of my Raspberry Pi’s have EVER gone bad, never had to return one.(You always see sales on refurbished Echo’s)

. . . and they make TONS of them.

The list just goes on and On and ON!

My setup is NOT proprietary and this is why I love using the garage door opener. You will never get locked out of your house.(The story also talks about how DEBT can raise it’s ugly head)

Business Insider – Smart lock maker Lockstate bricks some customers’ locks with software update

Alexa only works in the U.S. inside your house, 1 to 2 rooms tops. Phones and watches work all over the house, outside, in your car, in a cab. So why waste your money?

Speaking of saving money . . .

Aetna Customers! or maybe you know someone who is . . .

Apple working with insurer Aetna to discount Apple Watches for customers

9To5Mac – New WatchOS 4 features

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Free Home Automation for iPhone

more info and demo video

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Free Home Automation for Android

more info and demo video

Pi voice command – Google Play Store

more info and demo video

Home Automation on your Apple Watch!

Pi Watch Command in the App Store

more info and demo video

Pi Wear Control

Control everything you can on all my apps from your Android watch.

Pi Wear Control – Google Play Store

more info and demo video

Control all your devices via text messaging, will even work with a flip phone! or Apple Watch or Android Watch FROM ANYWHERE, FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE WAKE WORD! (Jarvis, James, Q, Computer, Lord Vader(crap, my new one), Mommy, Frank RULES). Actually you can set them all up, choose what you want ON THE FLY!! Just added Lord Vader while I was at work SWEEEEEEEET! (CORRECTION: I mis-spoke all speakers will ALWAYS have a PROPRIETARY wake word, wearables WILL NOT and already DON’T Android and Apple Watch)

I think this is the first product you have no fear of corporate licensing! (and for you corporate types, there is no settings saved on the hub, it’s all on the users phone! which does not need an app! and the name is NEVER passed to the hub.)

Just set up in your phone contacts what name you want and give it the phone number of your hub. FREEEEEEEEEEEDOM!!!!!! NO ONE IS GOING TO TOUCH THAT!

IoT OtG I *KNEW* IT *ROCKED* WHEN I MADE IT!!!!!

IoT OtG – Google Play Store

more info and demo video

Home Automation Hub for cloud support

Home Automation Hub runs on Android ONLY. Gingerbread and higher!

Required for the Garage Door App and the paid version of iOS and Android Home Automation Remote with cloud support.

Pi Smart Hub – Google Play Store

more info and demo video

STILL GOING . . .!
Yes, one person did all this.

Believe me I use all this every day and my mind is just blown when I think about it.

Most of this was made a YEAR AGO!

Cloud functionality has been tested from Costa Rica to Kansas!

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Home Automation Remote for iPhone with cloud support

more info and demo video

* also requires Android device (Gingerbread or higher) and app above.

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Home Automation Remote for Android with cloud support

more info and demo video

* also requires Android device (Gingerbread or higher) and Smart Hub App.

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Pi Garage for iPhone

more info and demo video

* also requires Android device (Gingerbread or higher) and Smart Hub App.

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Pi Garage for Android

more info and demo video

* also requires Android device (Gingerbread or higher) and Smart Hub App.

Main Screen

Pi One Button Remote for iOS

Settings

Quickly and Easily turn on up to two devices, fan button has timer functionality built in.

App Store

Yes, Apple made me make ANOTHER VIDEO for this app, I’m going to have to add up all the minutes of all my video’s and see if I have enough time for a feature movie. Since the Emoji Movie has set the bar so low, I might have a shot at something.

Cost: a lot of it is timing, even though we are still pretty early in the game, some people made their bet WAY too early, and they will be the ones with proprietary hubs. They had to go into debt to make their hardware setup, they were mainly hardware guys with electrical engineering degrees who loved to make hardware, but times have changed since when they started. Now Schenzhen, China can make things way to fast and way to cheap. So their are lots of choices and their will have to be consolidation to a few companies. A lot of times focus on one thing is a good thing, but as my product shows, not this time. You’ve got all these hubs that do just one thing, so you have to buy multiple hubs and then if you want to simplify you have to buy another hub to connect them all together. I need to go out and do a search, I would love to see a house that has a special hub for the garage door, a special hub for the lights, a special hub for wall outlets, a special hub for the sprinklers, another hub for the thermostat, another hub used to connect them all, it would be a mess!

The Raspberry Pi DOES IT ALL. . . TODAY!

So you can see there is consolidation coming!

It’s actually already happening, if you don’t have much of a life and you search the blogs all day you will see companies being acquired/bought that are involved in home automation. Right now none of the prices are being announced, because those are the companies that have the most debt. And if they do their own hardware, they probably aren’t going to make it. Especially if they are just connecting someone else’s hardware.

What has to happen is a company that actually makes a device, say Phillips Hue is going to have to buy companies that make other things like wall switches, or invest in hardware manufacturing and software developers, a lot of developers, to make their product do one more thing just to stay in business, and this will eventually put the makers of hardware that connect things out of business. And all of this will take time, and it may render their current hub obsolete and then you will have to buy another one.

The Raspberry Pi does ALL OF THIS NOW! . . . and more! It’s almost impossible for the Raspberry Pi to be obsolete.

And Raspberry Pi is essentially the first of it’s kind, Audrino may have been first but to use those you need a lot of patience and be smarter than the average bear. When I bought my first Raspberry Pi I was actually on my way to get Audrino, but everything you need doesn’t usually come in one piece, I *think* you need 3 pieces i.e. how I ended up with a Raspberry Pi and the rest is history.

So what I meant to say is:

1. guess where they are made? China (developed in U.K.)
2. They got their process down to a science!

*Maybe* someone will beat them some day, Intel couldn’t, a couple others I will have to update later.

They actually beat themselves, Pi Zero, but they had to remove stuff that you need to do that, which you would have to add back yourself, so it doesn’t make sense for home automation.

So there you go, absolutely no cheaper solution and it’s available today. The only thing close is SainSmart they make a “wireless” (not so) board for their relay’s that cost $30 BUT they only work with a single relay board, so best case scenario you would have a bank of 4 light switches right next to each other so you could control 4 lights for $30 plus the cost of the relay. Raspberry Pi would cost you about $40 with a power supply plus the relay. But you probably aren’t going to stop there, so another relay another $30 for the SainSmart setup. You are already done with the Raspberry Pi setup, just add another relay.

Now out of the box you can only power 2 relay boards with the Raspberry Pi, but I found a way to power/control 8 relay boards with 1 Raspberry Pi.

And the Raspberry Pi is built to work in ANY COUNTRY.

It’s really not fair to all the other companies, it’s just the way things happened and you are the beneficiary.

OPENNESS:

There is nothing stopping you from doing what I have done. None of what I do is proprietary. I highly recommend if you have kids or grandkids you use this as a way to get them interested in programming and how electricity works (lesson one know how to turn off the power and use a volt meter to test the the power is off) This is a great way to get hooked on programming. I still recommend getting my app of course 😉 it’s the absolute fastest, cheapest way to get started off the bat, and then you can customize your own setup later if you want, but you don’t have to.

In fact we are so early in the game, if they got good at hardware installation they could start their own company. The way I see it they will be creating one of the next alarm installation companies of the future, of course those won’t last forever.

Openness is how I got my setup to do EVERYTHING TODAY! It has a free/standalone version for Android or iPhone that does everything(most secure), It has watch functionality for Android or iPhone, it has voice capability for Android, it has texting functionality for cloud like functionality(more secure than cloud), it has cloud functionality, Android hub, Android or iOS client, it has garage door functionality for Android or iOS. Timers, linking(scenes), geofence.

In the words of Tony Stark:

“What more do you want? For now!”

Debt: I have no debt, no overhead, no programmers (I’m the only one) I’m not going anywhere.

So you can take the long way around with the other guys, or be there today with me.

If you are ready here is a overview of how to connect the Raspberry Pi to a relay:

In depth hardware explanation

YouTube – Raspberry Pi – Home Automation – Garage Door Opener

Here is the software setup for the Raspberry Pi in pictures:

Raspberry Pi OS

Links to what you need to buy and where you can get them.

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