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New Era – HomeKit Development with ESP32 and IDF

Step into the New Era – HomeKit Development with ESP32 and IDF – integrating the powerful ESP32 module alongside the Espressif IDF (IoT Development Framework). If you’re familiar with ESP-HomeKit on the ESP8266, brace yourself for a whole new journey as we dive into setting up the development environment from scratch for my brand-new ESP32 […]

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Fresh ’n Rebel Smart Finder – A Budget-Friendly AirTag Alternative

**NON-COMMERCIAL BLOG** **NOT SPONSORED** In a stroke of luck at my local Action store, I snagged the Fresh ’n Rebel Smart Finder—an AirTag alternative that integrates seamlessly with Apple’s “Find My” network. At a jaw-dropping price of three for €14.95, it’s hard to resist. But how does this budget-friendly tracker perform in daily use? First

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Automating the Garden: Out with the Old, In with the New

Gardens are dynamic spaces, ever-evolving canvases where creativity meets nature. Just like any project, sometimes it’s necessary to bid farewell to the old to make room for the new. In this journey of garden evolution, I found myself facing the task of removing an older project: the ESP8266 HomeKit Fountain Light. For years, this fountain

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Why you should (not) buy a smart plug from a Discounter

Nowadays, even HEMA and Action (Netherlands) sell smart home stuff, but for a fraction of the price at other stores. But, is it also useful to buy a smart plug from Action or HEMA? Buy a smart plug from Action? HEMA and Action have been selling smart plugs for some time now. These plugs are

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HomeKit – Matter

Matter, previously project CHIP, is the new foundation for connected things. Guided by the Connectivity Standards Alliance, and developed through collaboration amongst all the leaders of the IoT industry, Matter focuses on building connected devices that are secure, reliable, and importantly, seamless to use. Espressif has been a part of the Matter initiative since early days,

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