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Controlling Tesla with voice using Alexa and Homeseer

Although it has been about two years since my last post on home automation I haven’t been doing nothing, it’s basically laziness and a lack of documentation I’m blaming it on! Since then I have moved from Vera to HomeAssistant and then finally to HomeSeer which is the system that I am currently using. There are plenty of reasons of me taking this journey and I will probably get back to that in a later post, but for now this is to be a guide on how to enable voice control of a Tesla using Alexa and Homeseer. Enjoy!

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Makerprojects: Getting a toddler to automatically play music on a Sonos with NFC tags

Printing out NFC tags

After using my much loved Sonos Play:5 for a while I started thinking about how I could include it in my Smarthome project. This was before I got my hands on the Vera Lite and before my daughter Ada started crawling around. After watching her fiddle with my iPad and not really getting anywhere with it, except continously pressing the home button to exit whatever game I was trying to get her interested in. It was then I realized that however gifted one sees your own child Ada was not equipped with the motoric skills yet required to start her favourite songs for example on our livingroom Play:5 speaker. I have been itching to try a proper project with NFC tags out as I find the act of making something digital happen through physical interaction fascinating. I realized that physical NFC tags were the perfect way for her to interact with digital interfaces like starting a song she likes on the Sonos speaker. So how do you make this magic happen? Pay close attention after the break!

PS: Aren’t my self printed NFC tags awesome???

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My daughter controlling the music on the stereo with NFC-tags

It worked! Beta tested the setup I made with my daugher Ada and she loved it! I programmed the various NFC-tags with different types of music and let her chose which songs she wanted to listen to. She can control it by touching the NFC-tags to my phone and starting a song. This was also an excuse to play with my new Hero 3 action cam..

Makerprojects: Geeky toddler growth chart

Look what I made! As i wrote in my previous post I borrowed the design from geeky-dad’s Geeky Growth Chart. Yoda is already done, R2-D2 next!

Geekdad growth chart

Ada in front of the growth chart

Kudos to CopyCat Posthuset for printing it with excellent quality at a good price, really recommend them for any similar projects!

Weekend Projects – Photo canvas in a grid and geeky growth chart

Canvas picture grid living room

Had a rainy weekend here in Norway and figured I could finally finish two of the many projects that I have in the pipeline. I’ve been planning to put some pictures on canvas from the 175 days long trip I took with my girlfriend and friends back in 2009 for a looong time. It is not as delayed as the Kilimanjarovideo that I am working on, but as this project was far less time consuming it was time to get things done.

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