This category discusses everything to do with the best android solutions, products, software and with regards to automation
Software or Services Used
Tasker, AutoNotification, IFTTT
Any > 4.0 Android Device
- Welcome home “Hello Rod”
- Tell you the weather
- Tell you what’s happening around you
- Notify you of any earthquakes
- There is motion in another room
This can get annoying for the people around you if this feature isn’t used sparingly or used when ONLY you are around.
Method for the earthquake example
1. Setup Tasker
- Download AutoNotification
- Create a new AutoNotification Plugin State within Tasker
- Select your filter command (ie. earthquake)
- Enter the task with the ‘Say’ command
- Enter a new task (named earthquake)
- Enter text New Earthquake %ancomm
2. Setup IFTTT to send an Android Notification
- You will need IFTTT installed
- Make a new RSS trigger with : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/feed/v1.0/summary/significant_day.atom
- New android Notification
You can get your tablet to respond to anything you would like. This could also be used as craigslist notifications to your devices.
Zapier, AutoRemote, Tasker, Smart Remote(app)
IR android device, LED Strips
- Begin with creating a new Zapier task that has:
Trigger: Google Calendar and Event Start
Action: AutoRemote and New Message
- Under #4 Only trigger an event start from Google Calendar when:Time before: 45 minutes
- #5 Enter the text that you will create a new filter for in your Android IR device to launch the task.Ie. turnonleds
- On your Android device open Tasker and create a new ‘profile’ ‘state’ ‘plugin’ ‘AutoRemote’
- Edit with the command text you picked
- in the Task you would add the ‘plugin’ for Smart Remote and pick your action.
- In your Task Edit wait a few minutes then turn them on
All Done!! Now every time you have a new appointment you will be notified through LEDs!
Since the ideal tablet is the one that you can see from anywhere in your house it has to be the following:
- A really good price (buying 8 Nexus 7’s isn’t cheap).
- Have enough RAM not to lag. This would be a minimum of 1GB RAM and have any bloatware removed.
- Have as many sensors as we could on it. The most important features:
- Decent front camera
- Good microphones
- Good WiFi (Most of the cheap tablets you buy from dealextreme and focalprice have terrible range)
- Ideally has IR for adding the cheapest automation products to your home
What is the most functional tablet to hang on your wall?
After considering all these factors and checking with the available tablets on deal sites the answer is…
Without a doubt it’s a seven inch Samsung Tab 3 with IR Control can be found on craigslist and ebay for under $80.
These are pretty awesome for many reasons:
- 1 GIG RAM can JUST handle what you need to do without crazy lag.
- Can act as full Voice Control with autolistening on.
- Easy to Root for full admin control
- Tasker, AutoRemote, SmartIR are necessities and make great companions to this device
- It can replace expensive IR only controllers
- It can be an IP cam that can integrate into Netcam Studio Server
- Very light and yet big enough to see from a distance
I will go on to say that these tablets aren’t the BEST ones but they do provide the best value for home automation and can be placed all around the home for easy integration into most home automation systems.
What are some things you’ve done with it?
1. Voice control with an always listening capability.
2. Use my iPhone to use Google Now and Search my Home PC to play whatever music I would like.
3. Use Yatse to auto play videos on my XBMC PC.
4. When you enter a room you can have it tell you that you’ve entered.
Why not the Tab 4, Nexus 7, Asus, Fire etc?
It’s all based on price and what’s the best value for what you want to do with it. Some of those are overkill for just having a tablet on the wall to do basic home automation tasks. Most do not require a fast processor or lots of ram as most tasks are done with one open application at a time.
There are plenty of better and faster tablets available but this one is the one you should be looking for on deal sites and second hand from friends. They can have so many uses and are pretty amazing little devices.
As of today, June 4th, 2015 you can buy it on Amazon for 84.99 Used or 119.99 New
What is it?
This is perhaps the most awesome custom remote software for iOS devices. I have to admit, I couldn’t find many others when I did my original search but after playing with this there is only a few one time fees and you’re set.
Notice that it has two parts. One ‘TouchControl Server’ and then you need to download the app.
I would like to see some voice control integration with this. Now with HomeKit released we wont quite need this but I have a feeling there is no option for an always listening solution like an app could provide using a third party service. I could like to see a custom command to trigger a GET or POST.
Download the Home Server for GET Control
What does it look like?
This is the remote you could have for all your devices on your iPhone or iPad
Sample Youtube Video Using Touch Control