Smart Ideas

Ideas are part of most posts here at smartenlight. However, there are some some posts which describe broader concepts or don’t fit into other categories and therefore end up on this page. Get ready to find some inspiration in following posts!

Work from Home with Siri, Alexa and Google: The Silent Listeners

Was it your partner, whispering "I love you" into your - what turns out - active meeting headset? Or your three year old, opening the door to your bedroom/office only to tell you that she pooped in her underwear? Maybe it was your cat, scrolling through your...

Alexa, sing a song! A Musical World Trip with 118 Alexa Songs

There is this little known, wonderful Alexa feature: she can sing. You might have enjoyed some of her songs already, as we are continuously updating Alexa's US English song list in our Alexa music post. But, Alexa does not only continuously learn new songs, she can sing...

Alexa, Wash my Hands! The fun way of Hand-washing

There are many ways to wash your hands! While we won't tell you why, when and how to wash your hands (folks at the CDC can explain that much better, you'll find more links below), we will look into some ways to turn hand-washing into a fun...

Google Routines: Immersive Storytelling with Ambient Scenes and Sounds

Google is an amazing storyteller! We will look into the many ways to listen to his stories, but this post is actually about quality time with your kids, your partner, or yourself. We will create Google Routines, where he will magically set the perfect ambience to put...

Siri’s HomeKit Scenes and Shortcuts: Immersive Storytelling

We need to ask her many times, and if we are lucky, Siri will tell us the one and only story she knows: her own story. Just in case you’re not so lucky, you can find it - captured in a tweet - towards the end of...

Alexa Routines: Immersive Storytelling with Ambient Scenes and Sounds

There are many ways to turn Alexa into a storyteller. We’ll look into some of them, but this post is actually about quality time with your kids, your partner, or yourself. We will create an Alexa Routine, where Alexa magically, on cue, sets the perfect ambience to...

Google Routines: How to Automate your Life with Google Assistant

It started years ago with shortcuts, then came Google's ready-made routines. Nowadays, we can create custom routines just by entering any Google Assistant command or by choosing from 20 popular actions. Google Routines are one of the helpful features of our voice assistant, which allow us to...

Alexa Routines: How to Automate your Life with your Amazon Echo

If there is one area, where Alexa continuously and rapidly learns new tricks, it's Alexa Routines. Years ago we found only a handful of actions in our Alexa app and could initially not even automate our music. Nowadays, we can already find 17 different actions in the...

Minority Report: A Siri, HomeKit, Home App and Shortcuts Overview

While the majority out there might argue that Siri, despite her head start, has lost the lead in smart home and other areas, we prefer to sit down and analyze the features Siri brought us with iOS 13 and recent updates. There are now so many features in HomeKit, and the Home and Shortcuts app, that it’s easy to overlook, how powerful Siri has become, not only in our smart home.

“Hey Siri, Start my Music Quiz” – Create your own Music Game with Shortcuts!

So, we were preparing a lengthy, and - compared to this post - a bit boring, but still quite helpful overview of Siri's Shortcuts and the Home app (it's already here: Minority Report: A Siri, HomeKit, Home App and Shortcuts Overview). And while we were playing around...

How to create your own Easter Eggs with Siri, Alexa and Google

Last year we successfully ducked compiling the endless list of Easter eggs, which are hidden inside Siri, Alexa, and Google. Rather than spoiling the Easter egg fun - which basically every other website sadly does - we tried to keep it fun and just helped a bit with...

Easter Assistant Showdown: Who has the Best Easter Egg Hunt? Siri, Alexa or Google?

It's this time of the year, which lets us think of Easter egg hunts. Not only the real Easter eggs but also the virtual ones, well hidden in our smart assistants: Siri, Alexa, and Google. An Easter egg in computer software is an intentional inside joke or hidden feature,...

How to teach your Logitech Harmony: Alexa, Hey Google turn on Roomba!

It must have been a strange moment for Mr. Colin M. Angle, CEO of iRobot, when he presumably announced summer 2017 his plans to sell the mapping data share maps for free with customer consent of his newest robotic vacuum cleaner (Roomba) models to one of the big three (Amazon,...

Logitech Harmony and Alexa: Setup, Voice Commands and a Candlelight Dinner

This Valentine's post is a story of appreciation, harmony and ultimately ... love. In this post we are going to connect Alexa with our Logitech Harmony Hub, only to find one of the loveliest integrations of voice control. Promise. On top we will create a...

Sleeping Better with Smart Lighting: Smarter “Go to Bed” and “Wake Up”

We spend 36% of our lives asleep, and while the average sleep period has decreased over the last 60 years, neuroscience is discovering more and more how important sleep is for our well-being. Can smart lighting help us to sleep better and wake up more energized?

The Many Ways of Controlling Smart Lighting

We have many options to control our smart lights. Some might appear traditional, like a simple light switch, but the possibilities we have nowadays to switch to our preferred lighting scenes, go way beyond only turning lights on and off. For a general introduction...

Natural Smart Lighting: Feeling Better With Smart Light

We have already looked into the impact of light on our sleep in the "Sleeping Better with Smart Lighting" post. But what about the rest of the day? Can smart lighting help us to "feel better", maybe by resembling natural light? For a general...

Control Smart Lighting with Presence, Geo-fencing and Motion Sensors

We can control smart lighting in different ways, through our presence, or even during our recreational absence. Motion sensor activated lighting is definitely not a novelty. Samuel Bagno invented the first motion sensor already back in the early 1950s, but today's options go way beyond switching our...

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