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Started by peacalmer on Oct 31, 2020 1:02:40 PM
Connected Tech: IoT, Smart Home and suchlike

Zigbee! WiFi! Bluetooth! CH(O)IP! RAMESESII! Ecosystems! Voice assistants! Apps! If you want your sex toys to sync with your mood lighting and chickawowwow shagadelic sound system, this is the thread for you!

peacalmer - 31 Oct 2020 13:05:39 (#1 of 40)

First shout: #hibberthometech is a reference to a chap called Paul Hibbert, whose YouTube channel is an excellent resource for anyone just starting out.

tasselhoff - 31 Oct 2020 13:08:19 (#2 of 40)

Don't connect anything that doesn't need to be connected. Your fridge, toaster, and sex toy do not need to be connected to the fucking internet.

peacalmer - 31 Oct 2020 13:10:06 (#3 of 40)

But they may benefit from being connected to each other, if you like toast crumbs in the bedsheets for a bit of extra texture.

CarlosFandango - 03 Nov 2020 00:37:40 (#4 of 40)

Listen to tass, people.

When it comes to privacy/security issues surrounding fridgonics and dildonics, it's safe to assume that he knows all about the backdoors and vulnerabilities.

Dementor - 03 Nov 2020 06:21:28 (#5 of 40)

There’s no backdoor shenanigans with Tass’s cyber-dildos!

DogBreath - 03 Nov 2020 06:27:20 (#6 of 40)

The best thing to do is connect everything to a single PC. Then, when it goes down, you will be totally fucked.

CarlosFandango - 03 Nov 2020 17:15:49 (#7 of 40)

This has to be your best post ever, Doggers.

Moar of this.

peacalmer - 05 Nov 2020 07:42:25 (#8 of 40)


One of the reasons why to go smart... accessibility. A lot of the current and emerging tech can be implemented to provide health and safety assurances. I'm seeing the care home industry and community care groups are looking at the options.

1. Integration between the Tuya platform, IFTTT and voice assistants (for example) can provide the framework for security controls (cameras, motion sensors, doorbells / intercoms, even door locks).

That means people with restricted mobility, hearing or vision can know when there's someone at the front door by whatever medium works best for them - or, see / talk to the person at the door, check their credentials, let them in, maintain a log of when they leave, leave a note for a carer... and control all that without getting out of a chair or bed.

2. The same infrastructure can be extended with control panels, push buttons, and wearable lanyards. And you can even add a bathroom's emergency call pull-cord to the same circuit - so, whatever the reason for calling for an assist, the resident has a range of options to trigger it.

3. If even that doesn't cover all the bases, smart PIR sensors can be linked to rules. For example, if a person goes into an accessible wet room and is still in there 30 minutes later, you might want the system to ask if everything's OK - and do something if there is no response to the question.

Tenesmus - 05 Nov 2020 08:15:15 (#9 of 40)

How resilient are these things?

Moschops - 05 Nov 2020 08:21:06 (#10 of 40)

As resilient as you want to make them, at a guess.

Tenesmus - 05 Nov 2020 08:27:55 (#11 of 40)

Our 3CX phone system in work stopped functioning recently. The fix was to power down and up a Raspberry Pi in the office server room. Today, everyone is working from home... thinking about a call bell etc being similarly affected.

Moschops - 05 Nov 2020 08:32:50 (#12 of 40)

If your entire phone system is dependent on a single Raspberry pi , I wouldn't worry too much about a call bell you haven't installed not working, you have bigger priorities.

Moschops - 05 Nov 2020 08:34:25 (#13 of 40)

But being less flippant, you can build in resilience by avoiding single points of failure

MrPurple - 05 Nov 2020 10:34:11 (#14 of 40)

Tesco have just started stocking the Calex smart home range, and on impulse I bought a couple of plugs and a motion sensor. I've been having tons of fun playing with them. I now have lights that come on automatically when I go into the living room after dusk and an electric blanket that I can switch on by voice command from downstairs.

I'm now planning to extend with all sorts of smart gubbins. I particularly like the geofence linked to my phone so everything is switched off automatically when it detects I'm out of the house.

airynothing - 05 Nov 2020 18:54:03 (#15 of 40)

See, I like that stuff in principle, but when it comes to it, I’m not prepared to risk a hacker knowing exactly when the house is empty.

peacalmer - 06 Nov 2020 19:29:04 (#16 of 40)

Hacker? Your local burglars ain't gonna monitor the airwaves for possible evidence of absence-- they will use shoe leather.

hailesaladdie - 06 Nov 2020 19:51:08 (#17 of 40)

Not necessarily. A contractor who worked for me had his and his wife's cars stolen while they were on holiday, having been specifically targeted from social media trawling. Posed as garage representatives so as to avoid suspicion from the neighbours.

They car was abandoned, possibly due to worries about telemetrics, and the thief left a cigarette butt in the footwell, with enough saliva on to get a DNA match. Known to police.

Policywatcher - 06 Nov 2020 20:35:11 (#18 of 40)

> peacalmer - 06 Nov 2020 19:29:04 ( #16 of 17)

> Hacker? Your local burglars ain't gonna monitor the airwaves for possible evidence of absence-- they will use shoe leather.

I very much suspect, peacalmer, that there will shortly be a market in people hacking for such things on a national scale and selling the "away now" lists to local crooks.

If, indeed, it's not already happening.

tasselhoff - 06 Nov 2020 21:48:43 (#19 of 40)

It's happening

Policywatcher - 07 Nov 2020 09:41:17 (#20 of 40)

Thought it might be.

A decade and more back, there was a gang that used to spam work email addresses.

Mostly meaningless nonsense.

Their sole goal was Out Of Office "I'm on annual leave until the 22nd" type messages, which they then sold on for the same purpose. All the crooks had to do was marry the name and area up to the phone book or electoral register to get the home addresses.

I'd have been shocked if it hadn't re-emerged for IoT.

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