All posts tagged smarthome

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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Making an old house smart

I recently moved from an apartment in the city to a house in the suburbs outside Oslo. Although the plan is to rebuild a new house here it will have to wait until we can save up some more money. More about the new house can be found here http://smarthus.matvik.no/. This does give me the opportunity to turn an old ramshackle home into, not going to kid myself here with a proper smart home, but at least a smarter old ramshackle house.

I took down all the gear that I had set up in the old apartment and laid it out on the table to get a view of the components that will form the basis of the smart home setup that I’m starting on.

Smarthus equipment z-wave zigbee

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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..