This is just a bit of a rant.
In fact, I created this whole site so I could rant about stuff like this, and maybe learn a thing or two. This is my first real post for my new community Hometechnica.
If you are interested in home automation, alternative energy, digital privacy, and all the gadgets in the space, I welcome you to sign up.
I purchased a home this year and transitioned from renter to owner, an exciting transition into being able to make permanent choices.
My wife and I really enjoy what home automation we do have, but I know we're still in the dark age, and no good system is going to work without a lot of care and maintenance. I'm up for it, but I still feel like everything is working against me.
I had committed to the Hue system, because one has to commit to something, and I really don't want the central node to be my voice automation like Alexa or Google Home. While I may have some of those devices, I don't want to entirely build around these surveillance machines.
But it seems like Hue is, at best, also just in maintenance mode. Phillips has their base Hue line, but also now has their Wiz wifi bulbs... And Hue is really starving for compatible devices. The Ecosmart bulbs at Home Depot (the smart ones... Despite smart being in the brand name, they are not all "smart bulbs"...) are a good cheap bulb that is compatible with Hue, but there is not a lot else out there.
I like the idea of this standalone mesh network of smart bulbs and things, but I kind of feel like I've bet on the wrong horse.
My plan in this scenario was to build my own abstraction layer in case I needed different ecosystems to play together, but I have not gotten the Hue bulbs to work with the libraries I've found... Even though I have in the past. I'm not sure if this is my problem getting the tools to work or that the APIs are out of date.
I have no intention of giving up, but feel I may need to go back to the drawing board. Join me on this website if you can help... Or just share in my misery. 🤪