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.
In my last post, I spoke about Homebridge and how I used it to expose non-Homekit devices to Apple’s ecosystem. While there are guides out there, I often find they don’t include all the information–or are far too technical. So here it is, my guide to setting up Homebridge!
I’m rather a fan of Home Automation, all the lights in my house are Philips Hue—except for the cooker extractor fan. But controlling lights is only the first step of many to an automated household. The next stage in automation for me was dealing with the eternal dilemma of finding the remote—an IR Blaster.
I’ve always loved Christmas lights, and always end up watching several videos of Christmas lights synced to music—usually Wizards in Winter. In previous years I’ve used normal Christmas lights and used an Arduino to cycle through the effects. This year I wanted to turn the tree up to eleven. I’ve worked with DMX for projects before, controlling strips of 5050 LED Tape, so controlling addressable LEDs was logically the next step.