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[How-To] Measure Salt Level in Your Water Softener (OLD SCHOOL METHOD)
BraveSirRobbin - Jul 08 2014 04:34 PM
Consumer Safety Notice for Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm
Dan (electron) - Apr 04 2014 09:28 AM
Jumping from SQ Blaster to On Controls for remote control.
bucko - Sep 04 2014 06:40 PM
Jul 16 2014 11:27 PM | Work2Play in News
Things seem to be heating up in the battle to bring the Internet of Things to fruition. The latest such entry into this market may just be the game changer we've been looking for to start bringing all these different systems together. We've seen plenty of other attempts at standardizing communication in our homes - but they've all gone their own way trying to create the "best" - and instead it seems we've ended up with too many choices. the Thread Group hopes to change this.
Jul 08 2014 01:13 PM | BraveSirRobbin in Home Automation
[How-To] Measure Salt Level in Your Water Softener (BSR Goes Old School)
Many years ago, I created THIS How-To on using an ultrasonic sensorfor measuring the salt level in a water softener. Since then I decided to go 'old school' and wanted a basic analog/voltage detection method that I would incorporate into my existing analog to digital converter for this measurement (basically I was not happy with the serial interface of the MaxBotix unit).
Apr 04 2014 09:17 AM | Dan (electron) in News
It looks like certain conditions might trigger the 'Wave' feature unintentionally, disabling the Nest Protect.
Nest CEO announced the halt of sales of the Nest Protect Smoke/CO Alarm, as the 'Wave' features is enabled by default, while recommending all customers turn off the 'Wave' feature, which allows a customer to disable the alarm by waving your hand.
Nest is working on bringing back this feature, but more testing and new approval from several agencies is required, which can take several months.
If your unit is connected to your network, it will supposedly turn the Wave feature off within 24 hours. See below for the full press release which includes steps to help you disable this feature.
This issue was discovered during lab testing, no injuries were reported.
Mar 14 2014 02:58 PM | Dan (electron) in News
It has been a while since there have been product announcements from ELK, but it looks like we have 2 new sensors on their way, designed to work with the latest 2-way RF transceiver.ELK-6023 Wireless Recessed Door Sensor: a 2-way recessed door sensor,...
Mar 14 2014 02:42 PM | Dan (electron) in News
INSTEON announced they now support the popular Nest learning thermostat via their INSTEON Hub product. I'm not sure if this is the result of the Google buyout (and relaxing API access), or if INSTEON has a partnership with Google/Nest Labs.
Either way, this is pretty interesting, and I'm sure more and more packages will support this thermostat. See below for the full press release.
Mar 11 2014 03:28 PM | Dan (electron) in News
As previously announced, Ube has renamed their company/product line to 'Plum'. Their website is now online, and it looks like the pre-order discount is expiring in a week (price going from $79 to $89), so if you have any interest i...
Mar 11 2014 03:03 PM | Dan (electron) in News
Leviton announced an updated Vizia RF+ VRMX1 Universal Dimming Switch today. The switch supports the latest LED/CFL lighting, as well as halogen and incandescent bulbs. The new switch also incorporates the 4.5.4 Zensys Z-Wave library. See below for the full press release, or check the Leviton Vizia RF+ website for product details.
Feb 28 2014 09:26 PM | Dan (electron) in News
Homeseer just announced they are now offering a tabletop Android touch screen. Customized to run HSTouch upon boot-up, the unit seems to feature average specs, but it does look pretty nice and price isn't bad either ($149 with coupon TT-20)....