Premise Control Home with Cortana - Automate your house using Cortana (Windows 10 Universal App)!


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Requires you to be very knowledgeable with PC's and electronics, but my YouTube channel goes through how to set everything up click by click if you watch the numbered tutorials in order!

Quick Demo

What's Required?
1. Setup Motorola Premise Home Control (free home automation software) on a windows PC. This is not bloatware, Motorola used to sell the software for around $1000, but made it free when they discontinued support. There's an online support forum and a wiki though! Plus there's an SDK, so new technologies are added by tech savvy users.

2. Link whatever you want to control to your Premise server this can be lighting, HVAC, Security, A/V, anything that can be hooked somehow to your PC or network (KODI/XBMC, z-wave, insteon, radiora, upb, global cache... hundreds of supported devices and technologies).

3. Install and setup my SpeechParser module (by watching tutorial #7.x on my YouTube channel).

4. Install my Premise Control Home with Cortana app to control your home hands free by saying "Hey Cortana...Control Home...[insert command here].

Key Features
Note the command phrase is not order dependent and works with synonyms too; you can even ask questions about your home (such as what is the brightness in the living room, when was the front door last opened, etc...).

You DO NOT need to program a sentence for each device/property for this to work with your voice. Just give Premise the room names (regular expressions are supported, but optional), and my free Premise SpeechParser module does all the work of figuring out what you want based on what devices you have automated in a particular room!

App uses a background Cortana voice service that is enabled once you open and setup the main app, so it works when things like KODI are in the foreground!

App is compiled as a "Universal Windows Platform" (UWP) app, so it will work with Windows 10, Windows Phone 10, and maybe the Xbox One in 2016!

Link to App in Windows Store

Wait, How Does This Work?

Numbered Tutorials for Setting Up the FREE Home Automation Software
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J Frost

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Apr 4, 2014
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I just came across your post regarding home automation. Will this work with an Insteon hub, smoke bridge, and thermostats?
I'm upgrading the smoke detectors in our home and the thermostats as well. The Insteon app doesn't work with W10 mobile.

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