Upgrading My Wife’s Car’s Headlights

For the longest time my wife has been complaining about her car’s light output and visibility at night. I finally got around to driving it. It sucks. So I decided to do something about it. I have a moderate interest in cars and usually lurk around different forums to see what people that have more…

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Microcharts on OLED displays using a Raspberry Pi

When you think of microcharts, you probably think of something like these: This is fine if you want to display it on a traditional screen, but what if you don’t want it to take real estate on your computer screen or cellphone? What if you want something nice and bright and readily available? Enter the…

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Smartthings Control via Amazon Dash Button

Intro Previously, I had shown you how to hack your Amazon dash button and use it for other things. I recently discovered that Smartthings has a REST API. I love REST APIs because it abstracts a lot of the technologies between manufacturers and allows you to do all sorts of automation. What we’re going to…

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Analytics on your keyboard? Why not?

Intro I’ve owned a Razer keyboard for a while now. I’ve always loved the fact that the keys light up according to the context of the application. For the most part this means that the keyboard will react to context. Amongst the supported apps there is one cool Adobe Photoshop integration, but mostly it’s games.…

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Published My First Skill!

I’m excited about this post! I just got my first Alexa skill published. You can view and add it here:¬†https://skills-store.amazon.com/deeplink/dp/B07K87JRK8. I’m also providing the full source code to the lambda function for the skill in my github repository. Just zip it up and upload it to lambda. I’ve kept the code as simple as possible…

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Amazon Dash Doorbell Update

I had previously posted about how to use an Amazon Dash button to turn it into a doorbell. Well, recently, Amazon has added a new camera device type to their smarhome skills api. This is great for us because it has the ability to receive doorbell press events. What I set out to do is…

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Create a visual and audio notifier

In one of my previous posts, I had shown you how to hack an Amazon dash button to do whatever you want. In our case, we had it so that it alerted us via SMS and Telegram. But what if we want to be visually alerted as well as by sound? Alexa will soon open…

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Amazon Dash Doorbell

Recently, Amazon dash buttons came on sale. After reading many tutorials out there, I succumbed and decided to ‘hack’ it. Which is another fancy way of saying I used it for something other than intended. I’ll tell you how I did it and hopefully it will be easy for you to do. Let me know…

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