Five automation ideas to improve your smart home lifestyle

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

We often talk or write about our smart homes without realizing that some folks don’t understand what it is that a smart home can actually do. That’s partially because there’s such a wide range of things we can automate or control by voice in our homes, that there’s no simple answer: The automations and smart devices I have are likely very different than the ones you have.

Still, there’s merit in laying out some examples for two reasons. First, we might actually be able to better answer the “what is a smart home” question with some practical, real world solutions. And second, sharing a few examples here will (hopefully!) inspire you to add to the list through our comments.

Collectively, we’ll all have nice group of ideas to make life easier in our smart homes. Keep in mind that these are less a set of step-by-step instructions and more of a conceptual list that you can implement or tweak based on your devices and software.

Don’t leave the door unlocked

I’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s and extremely effective solution to a problem I had: My young adult children sometimes come home at night after I’ve gone to bed. That’s not the problem though. The issue is that they don’t always remember to lock the door. Since I have a Z-Wave deadbolt installed in my front door, I decided to have my smart home hub automatically lock the door if it’s been open for five minutes. If you decide to do this, make sure you don’t lock yourself out though. My lock can be opened by my phone or watch, but it also has a keypad entry system.

Start the morning right

For a while I had my downstairs kitchen light go on at a specific time so that my wife wouldn’t walk down to a dark room. Scheduling this by the time is pretty easy but there are some days she sleeps in and some days she wakes up earlier. What she always does before going downstairs, however, is take a shower with the bathroom exhaust fan on. The last thing she does, without fail, is turn that fan off before heading downstairs.

A smart switch for the fan is a simple trigger event for home automation and once that switch hits the off position, the kitchen smart light — not to mention my coffee maker with a smart plug — can be enabled at exactly the right time, every time.

Keep an eye on the kids or pets as needed

We walk our dog so this doesn’t apply to me but Stacey has a small pet door in her home so the dog can go outside. With a webcam in a nearby window, she can keep an eye on the dog, but it may not make sense to have that camera on all the time. Adding a tilt sensor, similar to ones you find with smart garage controllers, to the pet door can trigger a webcam to power on. The same approach could be used for kids going out the back door: Add a magnetic sensor to the door and fire up the webcam to make sure playtime is safe.

Sundown is a great trigger for indoor lighting

One of the first automations I ever set up was to turn on the outdoor lights at or just before sundown. It’s easy to do and although the sun sets at a slightly different time every day, most smart home hub software can adjust for this. It took me months to realize it but sundown is a perfect event trigger for indoor lights too. Sure, you can keep some or all of the  house lights off until you get home and have them light up based on geofencing, a garage door opening or some other mechanism. But why not use the sun instead of some other hardware or device?

Trigger routines and scenes based on calendar events

Stacey had mentioned a routine / scene she created for doing yoga. When asking Alexa or Google Assistant to run the “Yoga” scene, her TV turns on, the downstairs temp lowers to 75 degrees, a Lutron fan and Philips Hue lights both turn on. That’s useful but I took it a step further, and you can too for your own scenes.

Try connecting IFTTT to your Google Calendar and a supported home automation shortcut or scene. I created a 9am Yoga event as a trigger on my calendar to fire up a similar routine. Lights were dimmed and relaxing music was fired up at nine on the dot, but sadly, I didn’t do the yoga part. Not only does this alleviate the voice command, but it makes more likely you’ll actually do the yoga, or whatever event you want to carve time out for.

Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

Is automation leaving women and minorities behind?

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND


By 2030, 14 percent of the global workforce — 375 million individuals — may need to switch occupations as a result of increased automation. This phenomenon, what economists term ‘labor switching’ has been lauded by technologists as the simple solution to the looming problem of mass displacement from automation. But as innovations such as autonomous vehicles, cashierless checkout, algorithmic stock trading, and drone delivery become increasingly tangible, not only is there a notable lack of any institutionalized retraining to address the issue, but there’s very little attention being given to how this switch will affect the most disenfranchised members of our society.…

This story continues at The Next Web
The Next Web

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

HomeKit Weekly: Using Automation to put sensors to work

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework. 

In our third installment of HomeKit Weekly, we’re going to explore how to make HomeKit-enabled sensors more useful through automation in Apple’s Home app. 9to5Mac has also teamed up with FIBARO to offer a HomeKit bundle giveaway, so this week we’ll highlight ways to put those products to work.

more…

9to5Mac

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

Google app v7.24 beta prepares floating sports scores, Doodles in the search box, Project Valyrian, home automation, and much more [APK Teardown]

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

A beta update to the Google app has been making the rounds. As usual, there’s not much new to see after installing this release, but many changes are awaiting Google to flip a switch before going live. Also following the usual pattern, there’s a teardown of the APK that provides plenty of hints about what’s to come. Version 7.24 reveals plans for a floating bubble with current sports scores that remains visible on top of other apps, an effect for the Google search box, a mysterious new project called Valyrian, assorted follow-ups for the Pixel Buds, home automation, and more.

Read More

Google app v7.24 beta prepares floating sports scores, Doodles in the search box, Project Valyrian, home automation, and much more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

WWDC 2018: Apple, Siri and the future of mobile voice automation in iOS 12

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

Article Image

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is just over three months away, but we already have some idea of what the company will likely be showing off in iOS 12 to drive the next generation of our mobile devices. Here’s a look at Apple’s Siri voice assistant and automation.
AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

These are the most exciting products coming to Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform in 2018

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

Article Image

The HomeKit accessory market has exploded, with a significant number of new accessories already planned to debut by year’s end. Here are the most exciting options that we’re expecting to see in 2018.
AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

HomeKit Automation #003: Create a status light for smart locks & sensors

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

In our third entry to our HomeKit automation series, we explore a simple way to create a door lock status light. While the status light could represent many things, I use it as a way to be sure all my doors are closed and locked…. Read the rest of this post here


HomeKit Automation #003: Create a status light for smart locks & sensors” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

iDownloadBlog.com

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

HomeKit Automation #004: manage your setup codes with the HomePass app

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

In the fourth installment of our HomeKit Automation series, we take a look at one of the constant struggles for any HomeKit user—storing and organizing the medley of secure HomeKit pairing codes…. Read the rest of this post here


HomeKit Automation #004: manage your setup codes with the HomePass app” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

iDownloadBlog.com

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

Apple updates Workflow automation app with new Mask Image action & more

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

The Apple-owned Workflow app has been update today to version 1.7.8, bringing new features and enhancements to the popular automation tool…

more…

9to5Mac

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app

How HomePod serves as a hub for Siri HomeKit automation and entertainment

How Complete Beginners are using an ‘Untapped’ Google Network to create Passive Income ON DEMAND

Article Image

HomePod is a sophisticated computer dedicated to the task of producing immersive, room-filling sound. That’s not all it can do, however. Equipped with the same A8 processor as Apple TV 4, it can also serve as a HomeKit hub for choreographing home accessories, even enabling remote access to your devices. Here’s an in-depth look.
AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Cash For Apps: Make money with android app