The Trakkit GPS Tracking Sensor

Finding a good GPS tracking sensor has been on my list for a while. While i’ve tested out a number of them, there’s usually some fault or quirk that makes me question if the balance of features are strong enough to justify the monthly GSM subscription required to use the device. That’s why I was immediately interested in Trakkit. There’s no cellular fee or subscription required – ever!
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Installing The Echo Auto

Remember in the “old days” when people used to line up around the block and camp out for the release of a new iPhone? Amazon has managed to bring back a measure of that consumer excitement with a product that they pitched out last year, the Echo Auto. Unfortunately, it has been vaporware for most people, as we were able to request an invite back in Novemeber, but the actual devices have been few and far between.

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Fail-safe Design for Critical Home Automation Features

Let’s talk a bit about home automation and safety.

You can go a long way in the process of automating your home without ever introducing any features that might conceivably endanger property or lives. Typically the worst thing that goes wrong with an automation to control a light is you wake up at the wrong hour or pay a little extra on your electric bill.

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Flash a Wi-Fi Plug with Tasmota for Hubitat…. WITHOUT soldering! Part II

In Part I (HERE), we set up a Raspberry Pi so that we can host Tuya Convert, the process that allows us to flash a Smart Life or Tuya Smart switch OTA. In this entry, we’re going to select a compatible Wi-Fi plug, set up Tuya Convert on the Pi, and flash the plug. This is a REALLY easy project. If you follow the steps carefully, you won’t run into any major problems and then, after a couple of conversions, you’ll have it down.

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Flash a Wi-Fi Plug with Tasmota for Hubitat…. WITHOUT soldering! Part I

Ladies and gentlemen, this project is FUN. We’re going to learn how to use a Raspberry Pi to flash a Smart Life/Tuya Smart Wi-Fi plug with Tasmota without soldering – OTA – meaning “Over The Air” – and set it up in Hubitat to automatically reboot a device every night at 2 am. Again, NO soldering. I’m going to give solid, in-depth instructions for each phase of the project, so you will need zero experience in order to duplicate my results. This first entry covering the project will show you how to set up the Pi for flashing the plug.
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Learn To Program Arduino IV: Electrical Resistance and Code Reusuability (2 of 2)

In Part I of this project, we jumpered a series of buttons to a voltage divider that we connected to the Nano. Along the way, we discussed the basics of what resistors are and what their values mean. In the conclusion of the project, we’ll answer the very important question “what can I do with that?” as we dive into the code.
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Learn To Program Arduino IV: Electrical Resistance and Code Reusuability (1 of 2)

Now that we’re comfortable with using our Nanos, breadboards, and navigating the Arduino IDE, it is time to start learning! We’re still in the introductory stages of this series, so I’ll give you very basic explanations now, to help you understand, and expand your knowledge with more in-depth details as we progress in future posts. Part 1 of this project covers resistors (electrical resistance) and, Part 2 will cover writing your code so that it uses functions (re-usability).

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