homekit notification

Let it ring!

As preparation for our upcoming house, I have to decide and clarify several things. One of those is the question if I need a separate bell or use my existing one when installing an yet to be defined doorbell. Luckily it is possible to ring a doorbell on Homepod running via HTTP request. Okay, to be fair, it’s no direct request, instead I use homebridge to connect custom things with Homekit. This post is a small note how to let your Homepod ring.


Part 3: Redirecting Logs to Log Center

Time to tackle the logging topic. By default, openHAB logs to several logfiles in userdata/logs with alternating logging files. When you followed the first parts of this post series, you don’t expose log data to the outer world – but you somehow need to read the logs. Luckily, DSM includes the Log Center to gather all your logs in one place. In this post, you’ll learn how to redirect the logs.


Alexa, Amazon free?

What a time to be alive! Smart stuff everywhere. Your television, the light, temperature – every day the amount of „smart“ things increases. First they were controlled with buttons. Nowadays you can use an app for almost everything. The next step? Of course – your voice. Every „big player“ has its own voice assistant. The problem of all those assistants is, that they claim to require internet to work. Thanks to companies like Snips you can show that this is not true as the whole recognition and most of the actions work without any internet at all. I build an offline smart speaker with a Raspberry Pi 3 A+ and Respeaker 4Mic-Array which is working really nice. The only problem in this setup is the super-low WAF 😄.