Home Automation – Deep Dive #1: Home Automation for Convenience
Are you looking to set up your own version of Doc Brown’s automatic dog feeder (you gotta love when Back to the Future gets some love on the podcast…)? Well, the Brothers are ready to get you your first fix. Check out the first deep dive into the world of home automation as the Brothers provide you with what they so eloquently term the ‘gateway drug’ of automation…devices that provide convenience and efficiency. Be careful though, because once you go automated…
In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions):
- Brian’s Pick = Harmony Companion Remote & Hub ($149.99). A great way to retrofit your home entertainment system for wifi connection. A physical remote (with great buttons) and hub device allow you to control your tv, receiver, etc without direct line of sight and allow for automated tasks.
- Alan’s Pick = Time Mate ($18…or free, if your loving brother gives you one for Christmas). A small (1”x1”) device that will allow you to track whatever it is connected to (e.g., key, purse, briefcase). Lose your keys? Your Tile app will not only allow you to see where it was last “pinged”, but let you trigger an alarm on the device. Great stuff.
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