The foundation of my home automation solution is an inexpensive Linux single board computer (SBC) and a product called a SonOff Basic smart switch. The two primary component needed on the server to automate the control the SonOff switches is OpenHAB and an MQTT Broker (Mosquitto).     Shopping Guide Item Source USB to FTDI […]

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The promise of the automated home is nothing new. In the last decade, promise has come closer to reality with the introduction of  of home automation hubs and smart devices. But then and to a large extent today, if you bought into home automation then you were locked into buying product from the one vendor […]

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Robotics has always fascinated me. Or should I say realistic robots, a machines built for a core purpose other than entertainment. The machine then carries out the intended purpose in an automated fashion without input from a human. The purpose can be modified by adding capabilities through hardware or by updating the operating instructions though […]

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I finely took the leap of faith. Really, isn’t backing a Kickstarter project what a person is doing; hoping the project delivers and the money they just shelled out is not gone with the wind. The Pine A64 is billed as “the world’s first 64-bit expandable Quad Core 1.2Ghz supercomputer, tablet, media center, and more… […]

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