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Wes Bos

Full Stack JavaScript Developer. Creator of really good web development courses. BBQ enthusiast.

Scott Tolinski

Scott Tolinski

Web Developer, Creator of Level Up Tuts, Bboy, Robotops Crew and Youtuber

Playing: 118: The Smart Home



Feb 13th, 2019

The Smart Home

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In this episode, Wes and Scott talk about the Smart Home — all the different tech available, how it works together, pitfalls to avoid, hardware, software, and more!

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Show Notes

2:25 - The tech

  • Wifi devices
  • Zigbee
    • Can operator on low power
    • Usually Cheaper
    • Water Sensor, door sensor, temperature
  • iOS
    • HomeKit sucks
    • You need an Apple TV or iPad to access outside of your house

9:13 - Controlling your smart home

  • Smart Things
  • Home Assistant
    • Host your own
    • Lots of add-ons
    • You need to babysit it
  • Android
    • Google Assistant
  • Google Pixel squeeze to assistant is way better than saying "Hey Google".
  • Google Home
    • Google Home is awesome
    • Custom sayings with IFTTT
    • Custom via Routines
  • Alexa

23:52 - Software

  • Stringify
    • Basic automations
    • Makers accounts
    • Web hooks to trigger actions
  • Homebridge
    • Make non-iOS stuff work with HomeKit
    • Swipe up control is nice

28:15 - Hardware

67:32 - What we want in the future

  • Scott
    • Motion sensors
    • Door sensors
    • Locks
    • Blinds
    • More bulbs
  • Wes
    • Fireplace
    • Constantly recording cameras
    • Sensors galore
      • Windows open
      • Doors open
      • Garage door
    • Zigbee Hub
    • Xiaomi Sensors
      • Gear Best


  • Scott: Philips Hue
  • Wes: All the recommendations from above

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