A while back I wrote a guide about some cheap LED controllers that work with Hue and HomeKit. For those of you who’ve read it, you might have noticed the PAC-MAN Ghost lamp in the cover photo, and since working on that project I’ve wanted to upgrade it to also be HomeKit controlled.
The lamp’s original functionality is fairly basic, the only real way I would be able to add it to HomeKit would be via a smart plug, and that just won’t do! Whilst this guide does focus on upgrading my PAC-MAN Ghost lamp, you could apply this to make almost any light Hue/HomeKit compatible!
Where I work we have lots of freelancers and clients working on various productions. Undoubtedly, all of them end up wanting to connect to the WiFi. Working in the Engineering Department we always get asked for the the details. Currently, we have the login details on a piece of paper, but I thought of a better way!
Recently I designed some coasters based on the Warning Signs in Portal. But when it came to printing them I really wanted to use a mixture of black and white filaments to match the original design. Whilst I could just watch it print and pause it manually, I knew there would be a better way!
Recently, SimCam sent me one of their AI Security Cameras to have a play with. It worked fairly well, with one key flaw, I like being able to see things from one place—the Apple Home app. SimCam doesn’t work natively with HomeKit, but when I discovered it puts out an RTSP stream the Homebridge cogs started turning in my brain.
This guide will work for any IP camera that outputs an RTSP stream, but there may be some differences between your cameras app and the SimCam one.
I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons as a player for quite a while, but when the latest adventure came to a close I decided to step up to the plate and run the next campaign in my own Homebrew setting!
I really wanted to give my players a world map that allowed them to zoom and pan around to explore the world I had created with markers on towns and cities, but couldn’t find anything that fit the build, until I discovered Leaflet.js (which is even mobile friendly!)
I really like my Steam Link, and use it a lot for couch co-op games. But was rather disappointed when Steam announced they were discontinuing it around the time I was looking to buy a second unit. However, my disappointment didn’t last long when Steam released the Steam Link app for Raspberry Pi!
There are quite a few smart plugs on the market, all offering much the same functionality—the ability to turn a plug off and on. With summer around the corner, I wanted to automate a desk fan so that I can keep cool when going to bed, whilst not wasting electricity leaving it on all night.
Getting all my smart home devices on HomeKit is great! But my main issue is that when I began looking for a voice-assistant Apple’s HomePod didn’t exist—and now that they do I’m already deep into the Alexa ecosystem with one in every room! This meant I needed to expose my Homebridge devices to Alexa.
I mainly control my smart lights using Alexa or my phone, but still like the tactile nature of a switch, especially after reading in bed. I don’t want to wake my girlfriend up by asking Alexa or look at my phone’s bright screen.
As previously mentioned the majority of the lighting in my house is Philips Hue. When it came to adding LEDs I was very much against the idea of spending £70 for two meters of Philips Hue tape. I knew there would be a better solution, one that would let me use generic LED tape. After researching I found the perfect solution, an LED controller that supported Zigbee.