Smart Home Automation News

Youtube DIY Zigbee Rain Gauge for Home Assistant (and other applications)

Rain gauges aren't anything new or high-tech, but this video does a great job showing how you can build your own using a 3D printed model, and use a ZigBee sensor to relay this data to Home Assistant. But the concept is so simple, you could easily use a Z-Wave/X10 DS10A door contact, and the concept should work with your favorite home automation application.

More details about the design can be found on his website.

Zooz introduces ZAC38 800 Series Range Extender

Zooz just announced a plug-in Z-Wave network extender, based on the new 800 series platform (an overview of Z-Wave Long Range). This battery-backed plug-in module is only an inch in diameter, and can also be used to monitored the status of your power source.

Some technical articles can be found on the Zooz website, or if you're interested in a more detailed description, check out The Smartest House's website, which has the device on sale at an introductory price (but ships with beta firmware).

Home Assistant unveils Chapter 3 of its Year of the Voice campaign

Home Assistant just shared details of its 3rd chapter in its Year of the Voice campaign, and if you're using Android, you'll like this one. The Home Assistant companion app now can be configured as the default assistant on your Android phone, tablet or watch.

It also looks like support for wake words is being worked on.

Rooting the Amazon Echo Dot

In this post, Daniel B shows how he obtained root access on the popular Amazon Echo Dot devices using a bootrom exploit, opening up potential integration with other home automation solutions (Home Assistant example given).

Youtube You're buying the WRONG light bulbs. 25 Soft White LED Bulbs Tested

The Hook Up Youtube channel posted a video today about dimmable LED light bulbs, and how they rank. Definitely a must-watch!

Hat-tip to @ano for mentioning this video.

Arduino introduces Nano ESP32

ABX00092_01.iso_b10db4bd-6688-4ac0-bf23-ff84449ba8c5_1000x750[1].jpgArduino just announced their latest product, the Nano ESP32.

Nano ESP32 packs Wi-Fi®/Bluetooth® connectivity, 8 MB of internal and 16 MB of external flash memory, 512 kB RAM, as well as a USB-C® programming port and RGB LED. It supports 5V USB, 3.3 V operating and 6-12 V range power supply. All in just 45x18 mm!
There are 2 variants. The standard version for $20, and a variant with headers $21.