Review Nextion HMI Touchscreen with GPIO


A screen with some wires

I don't think the people who sent me this touchscreen are going to be very happy with this review. But that's the peril of asking bloggers to assess your kit, isn't it? The good folks at Sonoff have sent me a review unit of their "7.0" Nextion Enhanced HMI Capacitive Touch Display with Enclosure". A […] Read More

Review: Sonoff S20 WiFi Plug


A schematic diagram of a smart plug

The good folks at Sonoff have sent me a bunch of kit to review. First up, the S20 WiFi Plug - an easy way to retrofit IoT smarts to your existing appliances. This fills the same niche as the Belkin WeMo but with one crucial difference - it's about half the price. Direct from Sonoff […] Read More

Internet Connected Lightswitches - Redux!


The light assembly is put back together. The WisQo is sticking out of the ceiling.

Regular readers will remember that I have had a disastrous experience with WiFi light switches. I've had pretty good results with LIFX bulbs - but I really wanted something which can control my lights' switches. Enter the new WisQo smart lightswitches. The company claims that they'll work with the UK's "unique" wiring designs. They've kindly […] Read More

Building an Internet Connected Fridge


A fridge door is slightly open. On top of the fridge is a small computer. Wires trail down to a button which is stuck to the door frame using blue-tack

The Internet Fridge is a standing joke among technologists. I was writing about them in 2002, and they still haven't appeared! So I'm going to show you how I built one. Stop giggling at the back! All I want is for my fridge to notify me if the door has been left over for more […] Read More

Review: Omega2 IoT Prototyping Board


The Omega2 plugged into a dock

I've been sent an Omega2 Plus from Onion.io - it is a $9 Linux computer with built in Wi-Fi, Made for IoT. The obvious comparison is with the Raspberry Pi - and the ultra-cheap Pi-Zero. The Omega2 has a few advantages. It has a (small) amount of built in memory - so even if you […] Read More

Talking SmartHome tech on Radio 2


A desk covered in wires. There is a lamp, WeMo plug, and internet camera there. They are connected via WiFi to a mobile phone

After hearing my interview on Radio 4, the Jeremy Vine show asked me to talk about my smart home tech for Radio 2. We discuss controlling all the devices in your home with your mobile phone. #r2vine pic.twitter.com/O9hx7aTFpp — BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) November 17, 2016 But! There was a twist. Could I demo some […] Read More

The (Connected) House Of Horrors


Terence Eden presenting a talk at ThingMonk

In September 2016, I was delighted to deliver this talk to ThingMonk 2016. This is the 20 minute distilation of my adventures Singing to my lightbulbs, hacking my vacuum cleaner, finding my car's source code, hacking my electric car, getting hacked by my light switches, securing my security cameras, and a whole host of other […] Read More

Terrible emails from @nest


A marketing email from nest

I never tire of telling people how bad my Nest Protect smoke alarm is. It is a buggy box which requires magic batteries and doesn't support some of its advertised features. Still, I've drilled it on to my ceiling now, so have to put up with it. This morning, I glanced bleary-eyed at my phone. […] Read More