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Inovelli Z-Wave Switch Review

Jan 04 2018 03:07 PM | BraveSirRobbin in News

Inovelli now provides Z-Wave light switches for your home automation projects!  Their switches are an attractive solution for your automated light switching needs in they do not require that you purchase a 'companion' switch for three-way lighting applications.  You can use the existing switch for the companion.  Since the switch costs around $30 this is an attractive choice that our forum members should consider.
UPDATE 6-23-2019:  I had yet another appliance (on/off) switch fail! :(

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Amazon Expanding Alexa SmartHome Team

Mar 31 2017 10:23 AM | Dan (electron) in News

A CocoonTech member working for Amazon's Alexa Home Automation division has shared that Amazon is looking to fill more positions in this category.   Check this thread for more information.

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Luna: Turn Your Bed into a Smartbed

Jan 27 2015 04:59 PM | Dan (electron) in News

  Luna is a mattress 'smart cover' which allows dual-zone temperature control, sleep tracking, smart alarm and some other features.  They just launched their product via an IndieGoGo campaign which already met its $100,000 USD goal in a matt...

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HomeSeer unveils Z-NET

Jan 07 2015 10:56 PM | BraveSirRobbin in News

HomeSeer unveils Z-NET, an IP-based Z-Wave network interface for advanced home automation systems. Z-NET supports the latest Z-Wave technologies and includes a highly optimized antenna design for superior range and performance. Since Z-NET is IP-based, it may be installed virtually anywhere in the home. The unit includes a built-in LAN port and an optional USB-WiFi adapter is also available.

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Fun with Cell Phone Voice Alerts!

Dec 14 2014 01:07 AM | Work2Play in Home Automation

Hi All,
I've seen a handful of posts where community members wish to get some real-time feedback about what's going on with our properties.  Well, some of us have had some real fun the last couple days with something extraordinarily simple that gives us just that!

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Kidde Recalls Smoke Alarms Due to Alarm Failure

Sep 18 2014 03:25 PM | BraveSirRobbin in News

I'm sure these are not popular with our forum members, but just in case here is some information I came across FYI.

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New HomeSeer Products Announced

Sep 08 2014 02:19 PM | BraveSirRobbin in News

HomeSeer announced two new products this week, a Z-Wave to ASCII module and a Z-Wave night-light module/multi-sensor.
Both are pretty interesting and should fill some niches in a Z-Wave users automation system.

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Thread - a new networking protocol to unite the IoT initiated by Nest, ARM, and Samsung and others.

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.

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[How-To] Measure Salt Level in Your Water Softener (OLD SCHOOL METHOD)

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).

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Consumer Safety Notice for Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm

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.

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