Automatically turn on tv when streaming to a Chromecast

I’m all in favor of “dumb” TVs combined with a Chromecast or Apple TV. I used to have a smart button that could toggle a smart switch to turn on my TV, which helped reduce standby mode when we weren’t using it. However, pressing the switch was an extra step that I often found inconvenient. That’s why I recently implemented a simple automation that turns on the TV automatically. Now, I can’t imagine why I didn’t set this up sooner - it’s so easy and convenient....

Automatic dark mode for Home Assistant

Quick tutorial on setting up an automatic dark mode for Home Assistant.

Local face recognition for Home Assistant using TensorFlow.js, Part 2: Learning to recognize faces

Second post of my series on face recognition for presence detection in Home Assistant. In this post, I create a face recognition system.

Local presence detection using face recognition and TensorFlow.js for Home Assistant, Part 1: Detection

Face recognition can be a cool addition to a smart home but has potential severe privacy issues. In this post, I start building on a completely local alternative to cloud-based solutions. This first part focusses on face detection.

Setting up Home Automation with Docker Compose: Home Assistant, Node-RED, and more

Docker-compose is a convenient way to setup and configure your home automation system. In this post, I describe my setup and the configuration needed to run the containers.