Voice Control posts

Magic mirror Raspberry Pi 3 / 4 / Zero

March 10th, 2020 by

Update as of 25/05/2020:It looks like the installer for this was changed, this post has been updated to fix this. At the start of 2019 I promised myself I would make a Magic Mirror on my Raspberry pi 3, I put it off for so long, a few nights ago I sat down with the

A complete guide on Amazon Alexa’s jokes

March 10th, 2020 by

Alexa has a humorous side, believe it or not! It just takes a few commands before you’re rolling on the floor laughing. It couldn’t be any simpler than asking Alexa to “Tell me a joke”, you’ll get the same repeated jokes with various formats and some funny replies.

However, what if I told you that you could unlock the AI’s funnier side with a few simple questions/triggers? Try it out yourself!

Will Alexa work without WiFi?

July 5th, 2019 by

Simply put, no, The Alexa devices will not work without a WiFi connection and cannot be localised as they need a constant connection to the Amazon servers. 5 Reasons Google Home Is Better Than Alexa Fix Echo “Having trouble understanding you right now” Update: This post was originally written in 2019, all information has been

The Risks of Smart Home Technology & How to stay safe

June 11th, 2019 by

Are Smart Devices Dangerous? What are the risks of smart home technology? The risks of smart Home Technology are queried as often as finding the definition of a ‘Smart Home’. In the grand scheme of things, everything which is an internet-connected device is potentially dangerous. In the grand scheme of things, everything which is an

Does Echo Spot Work With Ring Doorbell?

May 27th, 2019 by

Yes, the Echo Spot works with the Ring Doorbell products and does display a live video feed of the camera in the Ring Door Bell to the Echo Spot. The Echo Spot is essentially another tool which allows you to access your Ring device quickly. Simply ask Alexa “Alexa, Show me the Back Door“, Replacing

Alexa Guard – A complete guide on setting up

May 15th, 2019 by

Amazon has started releasing the latest update to the Smart Home Alexa Device, this includes older generations such as the 2nd Generation Amazon Echo. Alexa Guard automatically uses its onboard microphone to listen to specific sounds such as broken glass, smoke alarms & fire alarms.
Once this has been triggered you will receive a notification on your phone / tablet with the Amazon Echo app installed alerting you of the issue.

I hope you enjoyed this list of posts and now have some inspiration for your next Smart Home Automation journey. Remember that in order to make a great Smart Home you'll need to plan ahead, so head on over to our complete beginners guide or our free downloadable to-buy list here to find yourself some amazing gadgets. Check out our gear review library here for more information on the best home automation gear. Once you have all of that, just come back here, good luck!

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