What Next?

  • Posted on: 9 June 2017
  • By: arunvishnu

After using Samsung Smartthings for a while, I started looking for the next advancement in the home automation. On the look out for a locally run home automation hub, I shortlisted two - Home Assistant and openHAB. After researching deeply about these two platforms I decided to try out Home Assistant for the reason that it has a very active community. New components are continuously added and it supports 690 components at the version 0.46

CoRE - SmartThings Rules Engine

  • Posted on: 15 March 2017
  • By: arunvishnu

Smartthings has a simple built-in rule engine and there are few rule engines that can be installed as SmartApps. Among all of them CoRE is a sophisticated and free rules engine that can be used for almost everything.

CoRE is a very powerful community – created rules engine for SmartThings. It allows you to set up stacked conditionals like "If A then B but only while C and not if D."

Actions on Google - API.ai

  • Posted on: 2 January 2017
  • By: arunvishnu

Well, I successfully tried out my first conversational action in our Google Home Device using API.AI

API.AI lets you build and deploy Conversation Actions directly within an easy-to-use, web GUI. I started with the "Hello World" type of simple action from this Getting Started article. Once I understood how it work I was able to create my own conversational action that speaks out my kids name after asking couple of questions and the kids are so excited to hear their name.

Google Assistant

  • Posted on: 2 January 2017
  • By: arunvishnu

Google Assistant: What is it?

Google first unveiled Google Assistant at its Google I/O conference in May 2016, pitching the new virtual assistant as an improvement of the experience in Google Now, as well as an expansion of Google's existing "Ok Google" voice controls. While Google has been using voice search for years, Assistant builds upon a familiar platform in a whole new way, helping to better assist users in getting things done every day. Google Assistant is an ongoing two-way conversation that provides you with answers and information to whatever you may ask of it.

Smart Home

  • Posted on: 29 December 2016
  • By: arunvishnu

Why a Smart Home?

My intention of making my home smart is to provide me and my family comfort, security, energy efficiency (low operating costs) and convenience at all times, regardless of whether anyone is home or not - the same benefits that technology and personal computing have brought to us over the past few years — convenience and savings of time, money and energy.