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    Got Tech? How Smart is Your Home?

    I may have went a bit overboard on the technology front at my house. Has anyone else been bitten by the Smart Home bug? I've had Nest Thermostats for quite a while. A couple years now, actually. Then Alexa entered my life. I've now got three Amazon Echo, five Amazon Dots, one Amazon Tap, one Fabriq. Just to check out the other side, I have two Google Homes. Yes, too many smart devices. Last week, Amazon had a few Lighting Deals on tech stuff and I picked up two TP-Link HS110 smart plugs, and two Jinvoo smart plugs, and two TP-Link Smart WiFi LED Bulbs. Then I got talking with a nerd friend of mine that owns a computer store. Now, I'm waiting for six Sonoff smart switches, and two Sonoff dual smart switches. Oh, and an 8' string of smart LED lights that I plan to put under the cabinets.

    Do I need this kind of smart tech in my home? Nope. Sure don't. But do I like my lights coming on when I walk in the door of the house? You bet. Other things that I already owned also works with Alexa. She can start my car and set the heater/air conditioner to a certain temp. My Anova WiFi precision cooker can be controlled by Alexa. Next, I am looking at the Harmony Hub which will allow Alexa to control the television. No need to look for the remote control. Just say, "Computer, turn on HBO." In the morning, when 4 AM rolls around, the bedroom nightstand lamps come on, Alexa starts reading the weather and my flash briefing. When I leave the house, I simply tell Alexa good-bye and she knows to turn everything off, and adjust the thermostat to away mode.

    Is anyone else into Alexa, OK Google, or even Siri? Have you all thought about buying smart tech for your home? At what price would it have to drop to get you to buy in?

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    Nah, no way. I would just screw it up and break it somehow. Like I already broke my tablet, and a number of "smart phones"... I am pretty good with simple mechanical things. But, these high-tech gizmos and gadgets... Not my cup of tea.

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    Alexa, Nest, and Phillips Hue here... among some other minor things. When Amazon lowered the Echo Dot to 29.99 last week and included a TP-Link for just five bucks, I bought three and now the kids will each have their own. I anticipate our lights will be flickering on and off, changing colors, all night long now. Hopefully it'll be the kids though and not some hackers with a drone turning on the hot tub or some such thing.

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    A secret on the Echo Dots. They really are great for answering questions and controlling things but not so good for playing music. But that can be fixed, very inexpensively. You can find these for like $5 at thrift stores. In other colors, of course. I have four. One for each Dot, and the last Dot has a tower speaker. Connect the speakers to the Dot by aux cable not Bluetooth. By giving your kids each one, you have just created an in home intercom system. "Alexa, drop in on John." Try it.


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    Yeah, that's what I'm looking forward to is them being able to talk to each other at night while still in bed. I think that'll be a fun experience for them and a good memory maker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    Yeah, that's what I'm looking forward to is them being able to talk to each other at night while still in bed. I think that'll be a fun experience for them and a good memory maker.
    I was thinking more like, "Computer drop in on Johnny." Then after it turns green. "Get up! It's time for you to get ready for school. Don't make me come up there." and "Computer, stop."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    I was thinking more like, "Computer drop in on Johnny." Then after it turns green. "Get up! It's time for you to get ready for school. Don't make me come up there." and "Computer, stop."
    I'm anticipating more:

    "You awake?"

    "Yeah."

    "Okay, you need to tell Mom that you think I don't look good in the morning and I'll act sick. Then I'll do the same for you next week."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    I may have went a bit overboard on the technology front at my house. Has anyone else been bitten by the Smart Home bug? I've had Nest Thermostats for quite a while. A couple years now, actually. Then Alexa entered my life. I've now got three Amazon Echo, five Amazon Dots, one Amazon Tap, one Fabriq. Just to check out the other side, I have two Google Homes. Yes, too many smart devices. Last week, Amazon had a few Lighting Deals on tech stuff and I picked up two. Oh, and an 8' string of smart LED lights that I plan to put under the cabinets.

    Do I need this kind of smart tech in my home? Nope. Sure don't. But do I like my lights coming on when I walk in the door of the house? You bet. Other things that I already owned also works with Alexa. She can start my car and set the heater/air conditioner to a certain temp. My Anova WiFi precision cooker can be controlled by Alexa. Next, I am looking at the Harmony Hub which will allow Alexa to control the television. No need to look for the remote control. Just say, "Computer, turn on HBO." In the morning, when 4 AM rolls around, the bedroom nightstand lamps come on, Alexa starts reading the weather and my flash briefing. When I leave the house, I simply tell Alexa good-bye and she knows to turn everything off, and adjust the thermostat to away mode.

    Is anyone else into Alexa, OK Google, or even Siri? Have you all thought about buying smart tech for your home? At what price would it have to drop to get you to buy in?
    We have a smart home not to far from where I live. It was built from scratch. The driveway heats up so no need for snow removal in the winter if the temperature drops and it senses its going to snow. The garage floor rotates so that it can park 4 or 5 cars but only has one door so the foot print of the house does not have to have a large frontage. The house is outfitted so it opens the outside doors with thumb prints of the people authorized to enter. When you walk in you can command the lights to come on, set the temperature by voice command, start the fireplace by voice command, turn on the stereo or TV by voice command only recognizing those it it was programmed to listen to. You name it this house has it from heated floors to a waterfall in the middle of the house that opens up to a courtyard in the middle of the house. The house continues connected by glass hallways on either side of the courtyard to the bedrooms section. I have no idea what happens in a power outage. I have always wondered if they are equipped with a power generator or something. I don't think they can actually open the doors and get in or out on their own without power.

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    The doors at my office are magnetic locking doors. All interior doors have Fail Safe locks. If the power fails, the battery back ups don't work, and the generator doesn't come on, they are unlocked. The power holds the magnetic door locks closed. Most people who have magnetic locks on doors have UPS/APC battery back ups.

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    No, thanks. I need a smart home, like I need a fucking hacker inside.

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