Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Smart Switch 6 (Gen5)

Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Smart Switch 6 (Gen5)
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Bought the Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Smart Switch 6 (Gen5) from Automate Asia for S$110. The product is pretty new and it is not listed on their website yet.

After getting my hands on the Fibaro Starter Kit which includes a wall plug, I got kinda addicted to monitor my energy usage of my always-on switches like the television switch, Internet switch and computer switch.

The Start Of My Smart Home Journey

The Start Of My Smart Home Journey
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I think I came across Automate Asia in the local news. So when I needed to make my house “smarter”, I decided to engage their services.

Note that this is not a sponsored post, I paid for their services. Just wanted to do a shout out to Mike and the team at Automate Asia for the awesome service with the answers to my noob questions.

Igloohome Smart Lock Review

Igloohome Smart Lock Review
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*UPDATE* An updated version of Igloohome Smart Lock is now available, check out my review of Igloohome Smart Deadbolt Lock 02 .

Igloohome is a smart-home startup that is based in Singapore. They raised a total of US$1.25 million in seed funding which is led by Wavemaker Partners with participation from Singtel Innov8, and DreamIt Ventures.

tado Smart AC Control Review

tado Smart AC Control Review
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Do check out my post on tado Smart AC Control – Unboxing & Setup before reading this review.

I have been using the tado Smart AC Control for almost two weeks now and it has sort of taken control over my air conditioner from Ambi Climate. I doubt I will move back to Ambi Climate unless they have third-party integrations like IFTTT.

tado Smart AC Control – Unboxing & Setup

tado Smart AC Control – Unboxing & Setup
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I was seeded with the tado Smart AC Control for review. Similar to my previous review of the Moto 360 (2nd Generation), I will split this review into two posts. The first post (this post) being the unboxing and setup and the second post will be about the experience using tado Smart AC Control.

In Singapore, tado Smart AC Control is being distributed by Aerahaus Smart and right now you can only get it online from Aerahaus Online Store. tado Smart AC Control is designed and made in Munich, Germany. If you bought the set from Aerahaus Online Store, it will come with a 2 years local warranty and support from Aerahaus Smart.

Using Amazon Echo With Logitech Harmony

Using Amazon Echo With Logitech Harmony
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In both of my Amazon Echo and Logitech Harmony Home Control articles, I wrote about using Amazon Echo to control your television using Logitech Harmony. But unfortunately the IFTTT solution at that time was premature and didn’t really work.

Last month, IFTTT release a new update in partnership with Amazon Echo that allows you to trigger a receipe with a specific phrase on the Amazon Echo. You will have to start the trigger with “Alexa, trigger …”.

Logitech Harmony Home Control

Logitech Harmony Home Control
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I love the concept of Logitech Harmony Home Control, but unfortunately, it is not available for sale in Singapore and you have to get it from Amazon.

I noticed that Amazon was having a Gold Box deal on the 8th September 2015 for the Logitech Harmony Home Control. It’s usual price is US$149.99 (S$215) but for the Gold Box deal, it is only US$99.99 (S$144) with free shipping to Singapore using AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping if your purchases are above US$125.

LaMetric Time – Customizable Smart Ticker

LaMetric Time – Customizable Smart Ticker
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LaMetric Time was launched on Kickstarter on 17th June 2014. It got successfully funded on 1st August 2014 after raising US$370,001 out of their initial goal of US$69,000 from 2,215 backers.

I was one of their super early bird backer. I pledged US$119 (S$168) for the LaMetric Time itself and shipping to Singapore is additional US$25 (S$36).

Ambi Climate Review

Ambi Climate Review
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Ambi Climate is a small, sleek internet of things (IoT) device that makes your existing infrared remote-controlled air conditioner smart. It aims to make your aircon usage more efficient and hence lower your energy bill.

Ambi Climate uses predictive climate control by monitoring the temperature and environment both inside and outside maximizing energy use. In fact, thermal comfort isn’t about temperature alone. That is why Ambi Climate takes into a consideration sunlight, temperature, humidity and other elements to maintain a more comfortable, energy efficient interior environment. The device also learns from your own preferences and daily routine, and will tailor your indoor climate around you and your family