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  • OK Google, turn on coffee machine

    Google home already turns on my garden watering system via my voice command. It also turns lights on and off, plays music, turns on the tv etc etc.

    Now the coffee machine has been added to the repertoire.

    The old power point timer was ok, but touch it the wrong way and the tiny timer tabs would press in and switch on the machine in the middle of the night.

    This new one is wifi operated. It's an Arlec brand, 10 amps only max, with a smartphone Grid Connect app.

    It pairs with the app and the home internet router and google home.

    You can set on/off times through the app or say "ok google, turn on/off coffee machine".

    Handy when you want the machine to come on or off away from your preset times.

    Or...you can do it old school. Walk over to the coffee machine and press the timer's on button!!

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    I've got this working with the TP-Link Kasa switches too and it works a treat.

    You can also set them up with the IFTTT service. I've got it so that I can make a calendar entry for (say) 5am that says "coffee on" and it will turn it on at the right time. It's really handy if I want to set up ad-hoc times for on/off due to irregular shift patterns etc.

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    • #3
      Have got mine turning on and off daily according to the schedule. Love showing off to the friends how I can ask Google to turn it off or on again.

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      • #4
        you can also get smart plugs to work with Google routines, so you wake up and say something like "good morning Google" and it will turn on the coffee machine, adjust lights and can do other things like tell you your appointments for the day and start your favourite pod cast.

        Mine are switched off though because it wakes up the five-month old sleeping next to the bed so I just wake up and flick the switch on before I take the dog for a walk

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        • #5
          Yes, we do the "good morning google" routine for the weather forecast.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by robusto View Post
            It pairs with the app and the home internet router and google home.

            You can set on/off times through the app or say "ok google, turn on/off coffee machine".
            I've been trying a similar approach each morning. But the Mrs just threatens to slap me. It doesn't seem to work if you don't have a smart home set up.

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            • #7
              Genuine question here, (and not just me smiling about everyone saying Good Morning to their computer every morning ) which also may not be possible to answer. Does saying hello to Google every morning, then Google providing useful information or a service such as turning something on - make you feel more favourably towards google the company? Do you ever say thanks to google?

              Harley Davidson used to be often quoted in marketing, due to their best clients tatooing the brand on their body, probably the highest form of brand loyalty and making changing brands hard. Is this the modern version of that?
              Last edited by 338; 19 November 2019, 09:31 PM. Reason: spelling

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              • #8
                We have google home and use it most of the time just for music, occasionally for a weather forecast. It is useful.

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                • #9
                  I have one of the Kogan smart wall plugs with energy monitoring. The Kogan app let's me set schedules so the machine turns on automatically, and I have a schedule to also turn it off every morning an hour or so after I would leave for work, just in case I forget. Energy monitoring is also useful for knowing how much power the machine is using, and the app links through to Google home. Decent unit and not very expensive at all.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by harrison6987 View Post
                    I have one of the Kogan smart wall plugs with energy monitoring. The Kogan app let's me set schedules so the machine turns on automatically, and I have a schedule to also turn it off every morning an hour or so after I would leave for work, just in case I forget. Energy monitoring is also useful for knowing how much power the machine is using, and the app links through to Google home. Decent unit and not very expensive at all.
                    yup, this coffee addiction is killing my bank balance more. Two of these arrived today and one is now renamed coffee machine.

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                    • #11
                      When using google assistant smart outlets to turn on coffee machines, it's probably a good idea to set an auto off timer of say 1hr~, this is just incase you tell google assistant to turn on the coffee machine but forget about it later and will prevent the machine from being on all day and consuming power.

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                      • #12
                        Not specifically coffee related, but are the wifi enabled plugs built to meet Australian standards? I have visions of a $10000 TV set being controlled by a $15 aftermarket plug, all going up in smoke -? ( anyway you get the drift)

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                        • #13
                          If it has this symbol you're all good:
                          https://www.eess.gov.au/rcm/regulato...k-rcm-general/

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                          • #14
                            You've got to luv these labour saving devices. I've even got an electric treadmill to make exercising easier - brilliant.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FNQ View Post
                              I have visions of a $10000 TV set being controlled by a $15 aftermarket plug, all going up in smoke -? ( anyway you get the drift)
                              As an a/v geek I can tell you that it is not advisable to use $15 smart plugs on sensitive high end a/v gear (even if certified by govt authorities) because of low quality onboard relays and shielding etc used in such plugs.

                              Also in general, any device which comes with its own remote control, a smart plug is of not much use with it anyway.

                              FWIW, if you have a $10,000 TV, chances are it will be a smart TV and you can use Alexa or Google skills directly to control many of its functions, no smart plugs needed. Even if a TV is not smart, you can use a universal remote like Logitech Harmony with it - the newer versions come with Alexa skills.

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