Smart home products, like dumb ones, fall into a couple different categories: there’s “fun and entertaining” and then there’s “practical.” Fun stuff when made smart tends to offer me the benefit of convenience; for example, I can ask a smart speaker to play my choice of music.
I’ve dipped my toes in ‘smart home’ automation in the past. Typically I approach ‘smart’ and ‘IoT’ devices as a solution to one simple problem, instead of trying to do ‘all the things’.
In the last years, I wrote several articles about Home Assistant (HA) and the possibility to replace the Zigbee hubs from different companies in your home using Zigbee2MQTT. Some of those articles are listed here (don’t visit the links, they are outdated):
What do you think of when someone mentions smart devices? Smartphones and smart watches are ubiquitous. And then there are smart cars, smart apparel, smart toys, and well, smart toothbrushes as well.
Building the optimal home Wi-Fi network can feel like a never-ending process of trial and error.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fascinating development in the realm of computing. Connected smart devices, home automation, and related areas of development are producing many interesting projects. Opensource.