Product Review: KeySmart Pro, Star Trek Edition – with built-in Tile

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Background Some years ago, I was browsing Kickstarter and came across what I thought was a pretty cool gadget which was beautiful in its simplicity: two pieces of metal attached with a bolt at either end, into which you placed your keys. This basically turns your key ring into a “pocket knife” of sorts, but…

Home Assistant, Part 2: Installation and Hardware Considerations

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First off, the official Home Assistant “Getting Started” page has a bunch of information that is VERY useful. The problem with options is that sometimes it take a lot of trial and error (which could take a significant amount of time and virtually limitless frustration) before you find out what is “right” for you. Note that…

Home Assistant, Part 1: Yet Another Home Assistant Convert

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Welcome to yet another article about Home Assistant. First, what is Home Assistant? Second, why do we need yet another series of articles about it? What is Home Assistant? Home Assistant is an open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first. It’s developed by the combined talent of a worldwide community of…