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One of the capabilities that is missing from the Amazon Echo is the ability to initiate spoken notifications even when the user hasn't addressed the Echo. Although Amazon will likely address this at some ... [More]Projects Raspberry Pi Software Home Automation
The Amazon Echo can be extremely useful for triggering home automation. This ranges from custom homebrew devices to widely used devices like Insteon, Wink, etc. I happen to have a mixture of devices including ... [More]Projects Raspberry Pi Software Home Automation
I spotted a post by Lior Hass on Hackaday a little while back where he described his Alarmino project where his alarm system now connects with an Arduino and a custom board to simulate the phone line and interpret Contact-ID ... [More]Arduino Home Automation Projects Raspberry Pi Software
I thought I'd share another project from a few years back. Back in late 2007 I just finished up my third DARPA Grand Challenge Event (as an author of the pre-event simulator and real-time tracking software ... [More]Projects Robots
While I was in Japan I was able to visit one of the leading science museums in Tokyo -- the Miraikan. I recognized a few of the exhibits as things I'd seen described in blogs over the years -- like the ... [More]Trips
There is a wonderful museum which exhibits working automata of the Edo era in Japan. It's called Shishi Kaikan and it's located in Takayama, Japan. The automata are mechanical marvels. A couple of these ... [More]Robots Trips