New Video – Kitchen Smart Lighting: Ideas, Considerations & What I’m Planning To Do

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This video explores adding smart lighting within your kitchen, looking generally at what you need to consider and different ideas based on other people’s kitchen smart lighting projects. I also touch on what I’m planning on doing for my own kitchen’s smart lighting: Video Transcript Hello YouTube, I’m Tristan from Smart Home Point. So today … Read more

New Video – Echo Show Light Control: Kinda Useful, But Key Features Missing

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The touchscreen on the Echo Show allows you to control your smart light bulbs from the “Smart Home” menu, which is fairly useful if you want to quickly control your smart lights through your Amazon Echo device, but it’s also limited as it’s missing some key features that mean you have to resort back to … Read more

New Video – How Ring Recovered From December 2019 (Ring App Privacy Run-Through)

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Ring had a bad end to December 2019, with various news items in the mainstream press about different breaches and hacks, including the very worrying story of parents who noticed that a ‘hacker’ was watching their children play via the nursery’s Ring camera. Ring therefore released various new app features at the start of 2020 … Read more

Can Ring, Nest, Wyze & Eufy Smart Cameras Be Hacked?

Various light glare from a Ring recording, due to sudden light, when in night vision mode.

The world of smart home technology has developed quickly and for the most part, it’s an exciting and positive change. Being able to control your smart home with ease, whilst checking in on video feeds when you’re out and about (or simply in another part of the house) has never been easier. It’s fun, convenient … Read more

The Ultimate ZigBee Smart Light Strip Roundup

Dark kitchen with light strip below wall cabinets

Smart light strips are an awesome invention – they can instantly add interesting yet subtle lighting to various areas around your house, and their color can be quickly changed or dimmed to suit your needs. ZigBee (not WiFi) smart strips have added benefits too, but with so much choice, which one should you get? Philips … Read more

New Video – Looping Amazon Echo/Alexa Songs (& Within Playlists and Routines)

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Being able to repeat sounds and songs (via Amazon’s “loop mode”) on your Amazon Echo devices is a really useful feature – it can save you money (compared to paying monthly subscriptions for “premium music” on third party white noise skills), and it’s also useful for parties, night-time or where you simply love a new … Read more

Amazon Alexa & Echo: Looping Songs, Playlists and Routines

One of my Echo Dots on the floor, plus a screenshot of the Amazon Music's playlists section next to it.

One of the nice features within the Amazon Alexa platform is the ability to loop music playing on your Amazon Echo devices, whether it’s an individual song or a playlist. You can also (sort of) loop songs kicked off from routines, granted with some caveats. This guide covers how to do this. Looping music on … Read more