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Z-wave Immersion Heater Project – Home Automation with Vera

I thought I’d write about my latest Z-wave Home Automation project, to be able to control the immersion hot water heater with Z-wave / Vera. The reason for needing to do this is because our gas central heating system is very old and currently we are unable to have water…

Microsoft Band game Bounce for the Band updated with music and new menus

The first game for the Microsoft Band has been updated again and it now has in-game music to go along with the vibrations added to the last update. So now have music accompanying you while playing the game with the Microsoft Band. There is also a new redesigned menu and…

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KodiRemote for Micasaverde Vera Home Automation – Part 2

In part one here I discussed the installation and setup for the newer project called KodiRemote for integrating Kodi Media Center and the Micasaverde Vera Z-wave controller. This is based on the older project XBMCState. In part two I will look at creating some scenes in Vera and using the…

Video: MSC Power Stick portable phone charger

There is nothing worse than being out and about and then running out of battery on your phone, so a portable charger could be just what you need. The Power Stick from Mobile Solar Chargers is a little stick that can fully charge your phone from flat and then can…

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KodiRemote for Micasaverde Vera Home Automation–Part1

I previously wrote about the excellent XBMCState add-ons for XBMC and Vera here, which enabled you to run scenes in Vera based upon XBMC’s current playback status of either videos or music. For example you could create scenes to have your room lights automatically dim down when a movie starts…

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Microsoft Band apps Band Camera Control, Me Tiles, Bound for the Band, Awesome Band Backgrounds updated

Once again there is a big batch of updates for the 3rd party Microsoft Band apps with five apps being updated today. First up is the only game I have come across for the Microsoft Band, Bound for the Band is a game that uses the motion sensor to control…

New Android note app for the Microsoft Band

If you have a Microsoft Band paired up with an Android phone you should checkout Note@Band. The app enables you to send a note to the Microsoft Band and then its own tile. You can then read the note on the band using the Band’s reading mode. I will have…

Xbox Video for Windows update improves battery performance

The Xbox Video team have released an update to the Windows 8.1/Windows 10 video app. The update improves your devices battery life when you play back videos from Windows file explorer. There is also a fix for a bug which showed the incorrect file size on when selecting between HD…

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Bounce for the Band, the first game for the Microsoft Band released

The Microsoft Band has a ton of sensors built into it including movement tracking and a developer has built a game that uses the motion sensors. The aim of the game called Bounce for Band is to keep the ball bouncing along and avoid the gaps in the floor and…

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