I’ve been digging into the SmartThings Automation platform a bit. Admittedly, I’m fumbling around a bit. 😊 According to the definitions in the documentation, I think I want to build a WebHook automation. As per the documentation, one should consider an “when the end-user configures the Automation to monitor an open/close sensor, the Automation subscribes … Continue reading Building a SmartThings Automation
Planning a Home Automation System using SmartThings
I recently helped my Aunt and Uncle in California to plan a home automation / home security system using SmartThings and Arlo. In order to get the system setup they needed to make some upgrades to their home network. Their objectives were the following: Add better security to their detached garage Prevent packages from being … Continue reading Planning a Home Automation System using SmartThings
Raspberry Pi Zero Review
So I saw an ad for a Raspberry Pi Zero for a mere $5 at my local electronics shop and figured I'd give it a go. The board is much smaller than it's kin. The Pi 2 and Pi 3 being almost twins. This board had a distinctive 'baby brother' feel. The specs aren't too … Continue reading Raspberry Pi Zero Review
Installing .NET Core on Raspberry Pi 3
I got a new Raspberry Pi 3 last week while I was buying a new Raspberry Pi Zero that I bought for $5. I decided I wanted to try to install .NET Core on my new Raspberry Pi after installing a fresh copy of Raspbian on it. The problem is there is no official build … Continue reading Installing .NET Core on Raspberry Pi 3
AT&T M2X IoT Starter Kit (unboxed)
Amazon Dash Buttons are really cool!
I recently got really into these Amazon Dash Buttons. I went on a shopping spree on Amazon with my Amazon Prime account and bought up all the Dash buttons that I thought would be useful. I bought one for toilet paper, AA batteries, AAA batteries, dish washing detergent, laundry detergent, fabric softener, the list goes … Continue reading Amazon Dash Buttons are really cool!
AT&T M2X IoT Starter Kit
I was really excited about the new IoT Starter Kit announced by AT&T. It offers some great hardware and the chance of enabling some new mobile scenarios for IoT. I have been frustrated by my Raspberry Pi’s reliance on a Wi-Fi connection, this new rig will include a developer data plan with AT&T. It won’t … Continue reading AT&T M2X IoT Starter Kit
Raspberry Pi 2 and Windows IoT Core: Getting Started with Blinky
I finally busted out my Raspberry Pi 2. It’s been sitting on a shelf for far, far too long. I purchased an Azure IoT starter kit many moons ago thinking I would have the time to tinker with it but up until this point, embarrassingly, I haven’t found the time. But today, that all changed. … Continue reading Raspberry Pi 2 and Windows IoT Core: Getting Started with Blinky