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Summary:

The holidays are here, and in this week’s podcast we talk about how to connect your tree, build a water sensor and stop people like me from unwrapping their gifts early and in secret.

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This week’s podcast has a holiday theme. I’ve had a challenging time reviewing connected hubs for the smart home this weekend, so I share a few things I learned with Kevin Tofel that might save y’all some headaches. He shared a $5 app that helped him bring a camera into his Insteon network and lets him control and see everything in his home in one app. It may prompt him to buy another few connected cameras to put around his house and seems like a good idea for other Insteon users.

After Kevin and I chat, we turn to a segment with Hugo Fiennes the CEO of Electric Imp who talks about connected holiday projects one could build. The Imp is a Wi-Fi module plus the backend cloud service, that companies can use to build connected devices. In our segment we talk about how to build a tweeting turkey, connected Christmas lights and more.

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Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Kevin Tofel and Hugo Fiennes of Electric Imp

  • Kevin and I discuss some issues with Z-wave
  • Kevin explains why he bought this $5 app
  • Hugo and I brainstorm a connected turkey and Christmas lights
  • How can you set up a sensor-based system to keep kids and dogs away form the tree?

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  1. Just listened to this episode of your podcast and I have a potential solution to your Christmas tree issues. For the water level use the Everspring Z-Wave Water/Flood Sensor which can be use to monitor the absents of water. For the dog use a Z-Wave Motion Sensor and hide a Z-Wave Siren in your tree, when motion is detected sound the siren.

    1. I like the sensor but am going to pass on the Siren if only because i work from home and having that go off mid-call with someone would be jarring. I could prolly also use an existing water sensor because in retrospect, i don’t need it to tell me immediately after the water drops, giving it an hour or so for the contact to dry should be fine?

  2. I love the discussion about Christmas lights. You should consider joining the CheerLights project. There are 1000’s of lights linked over the Internet and when one changes, they all change. The lights are connected by all kinds of connectivity modules around the world. http://blog.iobridge.com/2013/12/christmas-lights-syncronized-around-the-world-to-twitter-powered-by-the-internet-of-things/

  3. Stacey,

    Your Christmas lights have already been made by Australian company MooresCloud! They have created Holiday which does everything you are looking for, http://store.moorescloud.com/. In addition they have brought the first connected, intelligent, and interactive Christmas lights to Darling Harbour in Sydney, http://blog.moorescloud.com/2013/12/02/darling-harbour-christmas-tree-2013/

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