I've been watching the announcements coming out of CES, and I'm torn. I love the idea of smart homes, cars, and devices. The problem here is that Google and Amazon are dominating that market, and neither have any respect for personal privacy. I want projects like Mycroft to compete here, but they're not even a blip on the radar right now. Right now, it looks like winner of the battle between the two titans will control our information in the future. We don't get a say.

@mike Take a look at reddit.com/r/homeautomation - it's not that bad, many people are successfully running offline setups with Domoticz, Openhab, Nodered, Home Assistant and other FOSS projects. Of course it's not as out-of-the-box experience as I presume Google/Amazon is.

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@gdr Thanks, I'll give that a look. I've heard of some of those, like OpenHAB, but others are new to me. I know Mycroft has an OpenHAB skill, which would allow voice automation. I love that project, and while it's not as refined as Google or Amazon, it's making some really good progress.

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