Hacker Challenge: Can You Top This Guy’s Voice-Controlled Home?

Hacker Challenge: Can You Top This Guy’s Voice-Controlled Home?

In the above video, DIY hacker Doug Gregory shows off his voice-controlled home which was created using a Nexus 4 smartphone, a handful of plugins and some cheap Home Automation equipment. Can any of you lot match his tricks?

Doug’s Voice-controlled Home Automation system controls everything from the lights around the room, right through to his media suite. We’re particularly impressed by the sophistication of the speech recognition software: note how he uses language naturally to string commands together and get different tasks done.

Here’s a brief explanation of how it was done from Doug’s YouTube page:

Using Tasker plugins AutoVoice and AutoRemote to control a Micasaverde Home Automation gateway and Google TV. Less than $300 in Home Automation equipment used in this demo. 1 controller, 4 Z-wave modules.

    The total list of software used is as follows:
  • Tasker
  • AutoVoice
  • AutoRemote
  • AuHomationHD
  • Yatse
  • XBMC
  • Netflix
  • YouTube

If any readers reckon they have the technical chops to pull off something similar, we’d love to hear about it. (Personally, I use a less reliable but far more likable Home Automation solution which I call ‘five-year-old daughter’)

[Via Gizmodo]


  • I have been lucky to have had Lifehacker feature many of my articles and videos over the years. The last video of mine they featured was How to voice control Windows Media Centre back in 2011. Since then, I developed that system quite a long way. One and a half years ago I put a video up about my lounge room. It’s half the price of this featured system and I believe it to be a more practical long term solution.

    Since then, I have purchased a house and wired it up for the next phase. That video will be placed online in the future, but features huge improvements on the system I prototyped in my last lounge room. As this is an interest of mine, I have kept track of videos to see what others have come up with and this video exceeds anything else I have seen.

    If you would like to see what I have done and want detailed instructions, please visit http://www.inspectmygadget.com

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