I'm Joining the Band at Sonos

I’ve been a big fan of Sonos and their products for almost a decade now, and have long admired the thought and care that they put in to crafting an excellent experience for their customers. In the past year and a half or so, I’ve made some small efforts into exploring different experiences as well. I love my Sonos speakers, and the relationship with my music that they enable and enrich. With all that in mind, I am

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Garage Door Sensor with Particle Photons

Another guest post, this time from my oldest son, who is considering an engineering major in college. Introduction For my first real engineering project, I made a garage door sensor. I chose to create a garage door sensor because it is both simple enough for me to understand and actually useful. I wanted to work on an engineering project in the first place because I am interested in electrical or computer engineering, and was curious as to what working on

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Voice Control for the Sonos with an Echo

Note: I had a lot of fun building this project, and there's still a lot of good stuff in this post, but if you really want to try doing your own Sonos/Alexa integration, you're much better off going with the project by Ryan Garciano, here. It has been maintained to keep pace with the changes that Amazon has brought to the Alexa ecosystem. Original This is my second Sonos/Echo mashup, but the first of any real utility. The

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Going Wide with Moment Lens for iPhone

"The best camera is the one you have you with you." True enough, and an iPhone is a pretty good camera in its own right. There's nothing saying it can't be made a little better, though. Moment lenses help do just that. Moment sells both a wide angle, 18mm lens, and a tele, 60mm lens. I bought and am fond of both, but find myself using the wide a lot more. When I bought the lenses, I was mostly interested

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A Mood Ring for Sonos, Courtesy of Hue

I've had a lot of fun with my Sonos system, doing all kinds of neat things to control my speakers. I've even done some things to work with the actual music output. This hack falls in to that later category. I recently bought some Philips Hue Bloom accent lights, partly because I thought they might be useful around the house, but mostly because they looked like they might be fun to play with. (On a side note, Tickle just came

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