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Deter burglars with a Raspberry Pi chatbot

Reading Time: 3 minutes How to improve upon the standard burglar deterring method of leaving lights switched on? Dennis Mellican turned to Raspberry Pi for a much more effective solution. It actually proved too effective when a neighbour stopped by, but more on that in a bit. Here you can see Dennis’s system in action scaring off a trespasser: […]

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Disable ‘always-listening’ on your smart home assistant

Reading Time: 3 minutes Project Alias, the newest creation of Amsterdam-based maker Bjørn Karmann, allows you to rename your home assistant and, more importantly, paralyse the device’s always-on listening function — for better security. Project Alias Alias is a teachable “parasite” that is designed to give users more control over their smart assistants, both when it comes to customisation […]

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Marvellous retrofitted home assistants

Reading Time: 4 minutes As more and more digital home assistants are appearing on the consumer market, it’s not uncommon to see the towering Amazon Echo or sleek Google Home when visiting friends or family. But we, the maker community, are rarely happy unless our tech stands out from the rest. So without further ado, here’s a roundup of […]

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Gladys Project: a Raspberry Pi home assistant

Reading Time: 4 minutes If, like me, you’re a pretty poor time-keeper with the uncanny ability to never get up when your alarm goes off and yet still somehow make it to work just in time — a little dishevelled, brushing your teeth in the office bathroom — then you too need Gladys. Raspberry Pi home assistant Over the […]