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Wednesday
Aug 28
Best Smart Home Tech 2019! What You NEED and Why!
Uncorked Studios

Are you interested in the best Smart Home Tech and how you can use it?

In this Meetup, I'll bring and share my favorite items in each category. Security Cameras and Locks 1. Nest Cameras - Indoor and Outdoor 4K cameras with IQ face detection and following. Nest has built-in Google assistant with two-way audio and location detection to turn on/off while you are home or away. Free Recording (Live and past 3 hours of snapshots) vs Nest Aware ($10-30 per month for 30 days recording). I chose the Nest camera system for integration with my Google smart displays.

  1. Nest Hello - Nest doorbell allows you to see who is at your door and works with the Nest ecosystem. Allows auto-replies or two audio. https://store.google.com/us/product/nest_hello_doorbell?hl=en-US
  2. August Automatic Door lock - August runs on location services that allow it to auto-lock and unlock based on your location. You can even control it with an Apple Watch.

  3. myQ Garage Door - This hub will allow you to see if your garage is left open and close it from anywhere. It also sends you notifications if you’ve left it open for a custom set period of time. Voice assistant service $10 yr. Apple watch is also supported.

Smart Displays and Speakers 1. Nest Hub - The nest hub is a Google Assistant display. You can use it to control smart devices, get step by step receipt instructions, view your nest cameras, personalized routines, and display Google photos.

  1. Google Home - Works similar to the Nest hub without display.

  2. Chromecast - Google Assistant can play Youtube and Netflix on your TV

  3. Echo Show/Dot - Alexa is the most widely used for controlling smart home devices.

Switches, Outlets, Lights 1. Switches - I prefer to use smart switches over smart bulbs unless you’re going for a custom scene. Switches only require one device rather than up to four bulbs per fixture. They don’t require a hub and do not need to be replaced. This smart switch has Alexa built-in, a smart thermostat sensor, and night light.

  1. Outlets or Powerstrips - These allow you to use Voice assistant to turn on/off or set a schedule.

  2. Smart Lights - You may want to consider a nice holiday ambiance or gaming/studio with the Nanoleaf panels or LifX Beams and LEDs.

Thermostat and Appliances 1. Ecobee Smart Thermostat - This thermostat comes with Alexa assistant built-in and a smart sensor to auto-adjust to cold and hot spots in your home. It will learn the occupancy based on motion and habits and adjust over time. It’s evaluated to save 23% percent on cooling and heating costs per annum. It has an Alexa speaker built-in.

  1. Appliances - When it’s time to replace your home appliance you may want to consider wifi capabilities in your refrigerator, washer/dryer, etc.

Upgrade Wifi 1. Mesh Wifi or Extenders - Most homes require more than one router for coverage. Mesh Wifi force wifi clients to switch access points for better signal, cover dead spots, and offer better consistency and control.

We would love to hear how you have configured your home or plan to build the best Smart Home.

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Saturday
Jun 4, 2016
Alexa Skill Building 101
Taborspace

On Saturday June 4th we bring you the first ever Hackster.io + Amazon Alexa workshop!

Liz Myers, who is a Developer Evangelist at Amazon, will be teaching Alexa Skill Building 101 starting at noon. In this talk, intended for software and hardware developers interested in voice control, home automation, and personal assistant technology, we will walk through the development of a new Alexa skill and incorporate it into a consumer-facing device.

The talk will be followed by lunch and an afternoon of hacking. Finish off the day with dinner and incredible prizes sponsored by Amazon.

Alexa is the speech and personal assistant technology behind Amazon Echo. Today you can use Alexa to listen to music, play games, check traffic and weather, control your household devices such as Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo, and lots more. Alexa offers a full-featured set of APIs and SDKs that you can use to teach her new skills and add her into devices and applications of your own.

Worried that your just a beginner and not much of a coder? Don t be! This Hackathon will be suitable for beginners and pros alike. We have examples and tutorials that will get you up to speed with creating your own amazing voice activated Alexa “Skills” for the Echo – come learn and make new nerdy coder friends! Any experience with JavasScript or Python will be a plus but we have a repository of examples you can simply modify to make your own publishable Alexa Skill. Drop in, bring your laptops, your friends, and plenty of time to hack some uber code and hear what Echo has to say.

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Saturday
Oct 22, 2016
DevelopmentNow Little Hackathon of Horrors
DevelopmentNow Offices

At DevelopmentNow, we like learning how to use and program new technology, and the ability to write skills for Amazon's Alexa assistant is pretty exciting. We're hosting a free workshop and hackathon at our offices, during which we'll learn together to write a new Alexa skill, and demonstrate it, in an hour!

Because this will be late October, and because we also like the spooky atmosphere of that time of year, we're going to focus on thinking of skills with a Halloween bent. Given time and interest, we may even be able to put together a decision-tree narration of a haunted house. We're also eager to hear your own ideas and see what all the participants come up with together.

What's the planned schedule?

Our office doors will open at 10 am, and we'll officially kick off the session at 11. We'll share quickstart documents to everyone in attendance, and have a couple of our in-house developers with Alexa experience roaming the place to help figure things out. At 4 pm, we'll wrap up and take turns showing off what we've built.

What are my transport/parking options?

Parking around the east side of the Burnside Bridge is limited, but generally viable on weekends. We're also very close to the MLK and Burnside stop for the A Loop of the Portland Streetcar, or a block from the nearest bus stop on the 19 or 20. We have indoor bike parking as well.

What should I bring to the event?

Please bring a laptop and a willingness to learn! You don't need previous experience. We'll provide power, wifi, workspace, food, cooperative instruction, and our Echo for testing.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

[email protected]

You said there will be food?

Yes! We'll provide coffee and pastries when the office doors open at 10, and order Sizzle Pie around 2 pm for our hard-working participants.

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Wednesday
Oct 17, 2018
PDX Chatbots and Intelligent Conversational Interfaces Meetup
Connective DX Community Room

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm John du Pre Gauntt Host and Curator for the Augmented City Podcast and Contributing Writer for the Economist will paint a vision for Chatbots and AI in the near future (~2025) with a special emphasis on autonomous vehicles and other forms of advanced mobility

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Steve DeRoos, a HP Strategist and Technical Business Architect will share his experiences transforming HP Customer Support through Virtual Agents/Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence.

PDX Chatbots is a group of designers, engineers, innovators and business strategists who are dreaming up the next generation of digital experiences beyond clicks and swipes. From Alexa to Facebook Messenger and Slack to Cortana, get your front row seat to learn, share and inspire as these exciting new experience models gain market share faster than mobile did at its peak growth in the US.

Meetup focus on inspiration, education and collaboration. A happy hour will precede each Meetup with sponsored food and beverages.

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Saturday
Dec 8, 2018
Echo Dot, AWS Lambda, and Microcontroller Home Projects
Portland Community Church

Join us for a short demo and discussion on programming Adafruit microcontrollers and an Echo Dot. Ming Rutar two projects she has been working on and would love to hear your suggestions.

If you would like to join the discussion check us out on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/7891236789. If you want to listen, we're also on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/KnowledgeMavens/.

Do you want to learn and share your passion in a supportive community? Knowledge Mavens is an ethos of sharing, creativity, and inspiration.

Our Meetup provides an opportunity to "Show and Tell" followed by a feedback and Q&A. You'll have the opportunity to share with our channels such as Meetup, GitHub, YouTube, and Facebook to connect with more passionate people.

The second half of our session we'll collaborate on new topics. The winner wins an award for the most interesting topic and the opportunity to share in an upcoming session.

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Saturday
Mar 9
Smart Mirror Build with Alexa and Raspberry Pi
Portland Community Church

Check out a smart mirror built with a Raspberry Pi connected to Alexa or Google Assistant. It displays weather, news, youtube videos, and LEDs synchronized to the audio. I'll be sharing the build schematics and parts to anyone who wants to build one.

If you would like to join the discussion check us out on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/7891236789.

Do you want to learn and share your passion in a supportive community? Knowledge Mavens is an ethos of sharing, creativity, and inspiration.

Our Meetup provides an opportunity to "Show and Tell" followed by feedback and Q&A. You'll have the opportunity to share with our channels such as Meetup, GitHub, YouTube, and Facebook to connect with more passionate people.

The second half of our session we'll collaborate on new topics. The winner wins an award for the most interesting topic and the opportunity to share in an upcoming session.

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