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    The communication to Cortex from the Amazon cloud...

    The communication to Cortex from the Amazon cloud is via your internet router, so whether its WiFi or hard-wired will depend on how the PC Cortex is running on connects to your home network.

    My...
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    Decided to resurrect my initial PoC code as we...

    Decided to resurrect my initial PoC code as we now have an Echo on every floor so voice control of Cortex is becoming an increasing nice to have.

    Amazon have made some useful additional to the...
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    It was my first time, plus I've never programmed...

    It was my first time, plus I've never programmed in Python before (I do know C, PHP etc), so there's been a small learning curve on the syntax differences. The Echo SmartHome SDK provides some Lamba...
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    Yes, for me, the delay isn't a problem, as they...

    Yes, for me, the delay isn't a problem, as they way you talk to the Echo is usually whilst you're performing other tasks, or have your hands full, so you don't really sit there waiting for a...
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    Yes, the Echo takes about 2-3 seconds to decode...

    Yes, the Echo takes about 2-3 seconds to decode anything you say to it..so add on the 2-3 seconds for the wireless plug sockets and you get the performance you see in the video.

    I will do some...
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    Whilst my PC isn't ideal, the lamps in the video...

    Whilst my PC isn't ideal, the lamps in the video are actually slower than all the other lights in my house as they are all on a RTX-401 wireless module, and switching the plugs probably takes 1-2...
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    I've been impressed with the recognition so far....

    I've been impressed with the recognition so far. "She" has a good ability to cancel out background noise, and the accuracy of recognition seems to be the same with the TV on or music playing to a...
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    Cortex voice control using Amazon Echo

    Having purchased an Amazon Echo now they are available in the UK, I was curious as to how difficult it would be to connect it to my existing Cortex system now we have a Web API available.

    After...
  9. Thread: SSDs?

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    My Cortex installation has been on a HP...

    My Cortex installation has been on a HP Microserver with a local SSD drive installed for the past five or six years with no issues.

    Most modern SSD's have SMART counters that report their wear...
  10. How does one activate (resurrect?) this ghost?...

    How does one activate (resurrect?) this ghost? I've configured a couple of light objects to "come on occasionally when unoccupied" but looking at the logs I don't see any activity.

    Cheers


    Neil
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    That sounds a lot simpler than trying to...

    That sounds a lot simpler than trying to connect/disconnect existing objects!

    I often forget that Cortex allows multiple connections to/from most objects!

    Cheers

    Neil
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    A nice way to achieve this would be the ability...

    A nice way to achieve this would be the ability to disconnect/connect object connections via Cortex events (and thus the API)

    Given this ability, one could create two HVAC objects, one for when...
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    ..but you do on to agree with most of what I said...

    ..but you do on to agree with most of what I said



    ;-)



    Agreed. Partly helped by its monolithic nature.
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    I've now compiled this using the Visual Studio...

    I've now compiled this using the Visual Studio Community edition. Will post my results once I've integrated it with Cortex.

    Cheers

    Neil
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    One could split Cortex into modules...a core...

    One could split Cortex into modules...a core module that need "realtime" performance (providing the serial port comms, responding to IdraNet messages) and those UI tasks which display or modify...
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    It's these kind of issues (which are only going...

    It's these kind of issues (which are only going to get worse with each release of Windows) that worries me about the longevity of Cortex as a viable home automation controller. You have to faff about...
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    Looks like it goes some way..although I've no...

    Looks like it goes some way..although I've no means to compile it, not having Visual Studio, and there's no pre-compiled exe in the download.

    Cheers

    Neil
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    Yes you're right - it's here now. Hence why I'm...

    Yes you're right - it's here now. Hence why I'm bringing this up wrt Idratek and Cortex.

    Your display module idea - in my mind this would be catered for by using a modern SmartTV that can display...
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    Hi Chris My main interest isn't to manually...

    Hi Chris

    My main interest isn't to manually control lights and Cortex objects from my mobile phone - as you state, I could use the mobile extension provided by the Cortex web server to do that.
    ...
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    Speaking of a mobile app, your time to market...

    Speaking of a mobile app, your time to market would be much quicker if you create an API and use something like http://www.smartthings.com/ or http://octoblu.com/

    They have very good developer...
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    Some of the ideas floating round my head (some...

    Some of the ideas floating round my head (some may be feasible, others still not possible)

    - Set up more advanced alerting/recording from my various IP cameras based on occupancy, time of day.
    -...
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    Am I really alone in this requirement? With the...

    Am I really alone in this requirement? With the Internet of Things, I would of thought this kind of API control of home automation would be high on people's agendas.

    Cheers

    Neil
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    Web API options for Cortex

    I'd like to trigger events from cloud-based integration systems such as itDuzzit.com and ifttt.com but both require something to be listening on a HTTP(s) port. Whilst I can send emails to Cortex...
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    You should now have my logs as part of the support request I sent from Cortex late last week (About the annunciation issue..which I wanted to resolve as it compounds this DFP issue!)

    My DFP's...
  25. I do see lots of log files that begin with: ...

    I do see lots of log files that begin with:

    Instigator = Sound DecideSoundState exception
    Product name = 26.10.0
    Product date = 13th June 2014
    Licence ID = 01061
    Log Date = 04-11-2014...
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