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Google Home Mini – Black Friday Sale £34! – unboxing

It's Black Friday and an email dropped in from Google tempting me into a £34 purchase! As it happened, Google paid me for my videos the day before and I can actually spend some...
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$20 Automated Staircase RGB LED Lighting: HARDWARE #part2

Where do I even start? I just finished the build and the head is still full of all the things I tried and it failed.  Now I need to write about what actually worked.  Staircase...
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Alexa Routines are better than Google Assistant shortcuts

Chances are, that you have an access to at least one personal assistant. Whether it's a Google Assistant on your phone or Amazon Echo device - you have used the voice commands at least...
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$20 Automated Staircase RGB LED Lighting: DESIGN #part1

My staircase has claimed a broken toe some time ago. Fortunately, it wasn't my toe, but I feel for the poor fella.  The toe is OK now, but it got me thinking, is there...
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Creating Amazon Dash Yeelight remote

When I have seen perfectly referenced API that comes with Yeelight Smart bulbs I knew it's gonna be fun!  It took me some time to get familiar with it, but now I'm ready to...
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Use Amazon Dash as smart light remote

I have talked about the Tasker and Yeelight integration before. The recent app update has broken few things. I have submitted my feedback to Yeelight hoping for some Tasker functionality to be restored in...
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Tasker and Yeelight – turn your lights on upon arrival

I talked about emulating sunsets and sunrises with Yeelight before, this time around I want to make sure I will live long enough to see the sunrise. I nearly killed myself numerous of times...
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Emulating sunsets and sunrises with Tasker and Yeelight

It's getting darker and gloomier here in the northern hemisphere, especially in the UK where the natural light is out past 6 pm. Since these conditions are not going to improve anytime soon (until...
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Getting Alexa to talk

Encouraged by my recent 'successes' with Amazon Echo and NodeRED, I came up with few more scenarios that I would find rather useful. Getting Alexa to talk when you have pending notifications on your...
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Alexa, wake up my computer (Tasker too!)

It's not the first time I deal with this project, and oh boy, each time it does change quite a bit. How is this different this time? And why would you care?  You are...
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video

Google Home Mini – Black Friday Sale £34! – unboxing

It's Black Friday and an email dropped in from Google tempting me into a £34 purchase! As it happened, Google paid me for my...
video

$20 Automated Staircase RGB LED Lighting: HARDWARE #part2

Where do I even start? I just finished the build and the head is still full of all the things I tried and it...
video

Alexa Routines are better than Google Assistant shortcuts

Chances are, that you have an access to at least one personal assistant. Whether it's a Google Assistant on your phone or Amazon Echo...
video

$20 Automated Staircase RGB LED Lighting: DESIGN #part1

My staircase has claimed a broken toe some time ago. Fortunately, it wasn't my toe, but I feel for the poor fella.  The toe...
video

Creating Amazon Dash Yeelight remote

When I have seen perfectly referenced API that comes with Yeelight Smart bulbs I knew it's gonna be fun!  It took me some time...