Thermostat Tag

And in this time, we have seen slow times and fast times, hardware vendors come and go and unfortunately a few really irritating choices by massive companies.   What have we learned?   The rug can always be pulled out from under you   Not to rely on the big boys (Google, Amazon and all the rest.) When Google decided to kill WWN (Works With Nest) and force everyone to use...

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It’s turning cold and wet and while the dog seems to love getting muddy and jumping on the furniture, I’m less keen but it has given us time to play with sensors and other kit.   Today I set up a routine using:   Fibaro Multisensor Hue lighting Nest thermostat Nifty Brain™   I wanted to do a couple of things:     If the temperature dropped below 5 degrees – Change...

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Protecting your Elderly parent in a chair at home with a view of the garden. Sitting with glasses and a magazine on his lap

Problems: 1) I want to make sure my parents are safe 2) I don't want to put them in care   My parents want to live at home until the very end, I want to make sure that they are safe and enjoying their life with minimal intrusion and maximum dignity and fun.   I worry though:   Are they safe? Are they breathing? Have they fallen? Are they warm? Have they...

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Hand controlling a smart home using a Z wave controller

Home automation is the process of making your house smart. There are many “smart” devices that are available but if they are not aware of each other and don't work in unison then your house in neither smart or automated.   We will have all seen science fiction movies where this sort of thing is common place and it was thought of as being a lavish experience...

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