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Tony Dean

I'm a husband, dad and maker, interested in all things creative and constructive. Home automation and smart home gadgets are fun right now, plus arduino, rasp pi, solar heat, and lots of other stuff.

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How to Use Vera Voice Control

By Tony Dean / May 14, 2017

Setting up your devices and hubs for home automation is just the beginning of your home running on its own. The best part comes with the capability to control the different devices and attributes of your home with a few simple voice commands. Vera home controllers will create/connect to your home automation network with a few […]

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Z-Wave Blinds: Here’s How You Can Control Your Blinds!

By Tony Dean / March 20, 2017

Just a few short years ago, only the Jetsons lived in a space-age home full of smart appliances. With the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, home automation is no longer cartoon fiction. Smart appliances and systems help make our homes more secure and comfortable. Z-Wave blind kits offer a convenient way to manage your home’s […]

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The Best Robot Vacuum for Your Smart Home

By Tony Dean / October 30, 2016

Which robotic vacuum is the best?Of all the smart appliances you could have in your smart home, the most convenient has to be the robot vacuum cleaner! If you’re like me, you probably hate cleaning. It’s time consuming and it needs to be kept up with ALL THE TIME! Seriously, it’s the worst. Fortunately, a robot vacuum helps […]

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The Best Z-Wave Outdoor Motion Sensor Available [2019 updates]

By Tony Dean / July 31, 2016

There are many different ways to manage and secure your home. After all, many new wireless home security systems have been popping up over the past few years and Z-Wave is one of the most popular. With Z-Wave, you can quickly make your home safe and secure thanks to the help of Z-Wave outdoor motion sensors, door […]

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