Joel Walters

A personal blog that rarely gets updated.

Entering a new home automation landscape

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In the last couple weeks, I’ve had a lot of fun with my new Home Assistant Green. I had already accumulated a plethora of smart home devices, but I had only been using Google Home and my Google Assistant (speakers and Nest Wifi APs) prior to trying out Home Assistant. Well, this device makes it super easy to get going. Just plug it in, and it starts recognizing devices. That low friction startup process paved the way to me tinkering for the past two weekends:

  • Getting my washer and dryer to notify me with text-to-speech when the cycles are done.
  • Customized motion and presence sensing automations based on the sun being below the horizon, or any number of other criteria.
  • Instantaneous push notifications on my devices with the HA app installed.
  • and more.

Well, this is just a quick post to share my enthusiasm with the world. More to come later, hopefully.