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Thread: Smart Home crap, or something. (Was: Echo.)

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    I have not, but now that I know of this I am going to.

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    Like:

    https://www.windowtintla.com/control...t-window-film/

    There is also this:

    http://www.liquisolusa.com/

    and similar.

    You could also look into a retractable shade.

    https://www.blinds.com/p/blindscom-m...kylight/518208

    We have one particularly dark room in the house and I'd really love to add a skylight... but I don't want the heat in summer. I've been casually looking at a complete approach for like 5 years.

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    That's really helpful, thanks!

    I was looking over the history charts for the upstairs Nest and was surprised to see that it didn't kick on all that much during the day. I expected it to still do that, and the ambient temperature in the room its in was still only hovering around 78 by the time I got home. Wife likes having it cool at night though, so it runs for a while just before we go to bed. So cooling off the upstairs by lessening the heat through the skylight may still help so it has to run less in the evenings, but I am pretty surprised nonetheless at how little it runs during the day.

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    Rats, the Window Tint LA folks said they can't do the tint on domed skylights.

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    Oh, it's domed? That's definitely a dealbreaker for film. I would look at the Liquisol. I have never used it, but I've not casually read anything bad about it. It keeps coming up in my research. Motorized blinds are also an option of course. More expensive, but assuming you don't have too much area to cover maybe not a bad approach - being able to essentially "dim" the skylight on demand seems like an attractive feature to me. Certainly a value-add for the house.

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    Yeah, it's not a ton of area. Eyeballing I'd say it's four feet by four feet. We're definitely looking at the liquisol too, and another UV filter/diffuser kind deal.

    We only know so much about the installation of the skylight as after we bought the place, we found out that the owners basically snuck around the HOA and had it installed, so there's not a lot of documentation lying around.

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    https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/8/16...icing-ces-2018

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/8/16...bl-lg-ces-2018

    Google has introduced its platform for Echo-Show-style assistant+screen devices, called Google Smart Display. Pictured below are Lenovo's two devices, which have a groundbreaking feature: a mechanical shutter to cover up the camera.



    Google isnít talking much about the full technical details of what that screen can do, but itís not just going to be an Android tablet slapped onto a speaker. Instead, itíll be a full voice interface that just happens to also be able to display stuff ó just like the Echo Show. Itís technically running on Android Things, a variant of Android thatís custom-designed for IoT.

    You wonít be able to run Android apps on it, itís basically a web-like view that just sits on top of Android Things. It presents its answers in a card-like interface ó though based on what weíve seen so far Google hasnít totally fleshed out how everything will work for every question. It seems close to ready, though. Which probably helps to explain why these speakers are coming later this year, not right away.
    Get that weak shit off my track

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