Voice controlled home automation thingy

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homie

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There was a guy on the radio a while back talking about all this. He said he realised he had taken it a bit too far once when his house emailed him at work to tell him his burglar alarm had been triggered and there was an intruder in the house. He patched into his CCTV using his smart phone and what had set the alarm off? - His automatic vacuum cleaner.

I just keep thinking maybe a Terminator Judgment day type scenario isn't completely out of the question, one day in the distant future.

I'm something of a luddite myself and the more of this automated technology we get, the more I seem to dislike it.

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I got an email when on holiday in July, telling me that my home CCTV had activated. I checked on my phone, and it was a moth, which had been attracted to the light on the camera! My heart skipped a beat when I got the email, I'll tell you.
 

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#23
For me I think this types of things are mostly useful for disabled people or if you want to help an elderly relative.

I've got two Sonos' and I LOVE them. Perfect for us.
 
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I have worked with computers all my life and what you have to realise is that it is listening to everything you say for it to work. If you look at your network activity when you speak to it you will see it is sending it out side your house but to where, also having all your appliances basically on standby all the time is not very eco-friendly or cheap.
 

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#25
I have a couple of Hue bulbs (one colour and one white) and also a couple of Echo Dots. Have added the Hue skill and the Alexa app has picked up all the bulbs, scenes, rooms etc. from the Hue hub, so I can turn the lights on and off and change the colour using the Dot. The room that the colour bulb is in has a Hue dimmer switch on the wall so you can still have that switching on and off option - you can also use the dimmer switch to set the bulb to a certain scene depending on how many times one of the buttons is pressed. With the correct app disco mode is great with the colour bulb, it changes colour and pulsates to the music - great for kids.
I also like being able to turn the bulbs on or off remotely and setting certain schedules when away - the schedules can be set to act randomly, so basically it the bulb won't come on at the same time each time, there will be a bit of randomness about it. I believe that the Hue hub can be used to control the bulbs from IKEA as well which are cheaper then the Philips bulbs.

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#26
On this... i came in from work late last night and was watching a film on telly well was dozing anyway an ad came on telly and next thing i know the google home fired up full volume playing billy ocean!! Startled doesnt begin lol
 

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#27
We've been playing around with Amazon Echo's at work today.

The thing works FAR better than i thought it would!

Alexa, play Radio 1 etc. all work fine!
 

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So how long is it going to be until one of the car manufacturers installs one of those in a car and makes it look and talk like this?

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#30
See people at work speak with the most broad yorkshire / leeds accent going and are able to work with Alexa absolutely fine...