Amazon Alexa, controlling the Neato Botvac via Homebridge Automation

In a previous article Amazon Alexa, using a Home Automation Bridge we discussed integrating the (WiWo-S20) Smart Socket via the Amazon Home Bridge.

The same process has been applied to a Neato Botvac Connected Wi-Fi Enabled Robot Vacuum. Note, there is an existing Neato skill available for Alexa but I prefer to use this integration since I like calling my Vacuum Cleaner “Cujo” and I would like to trigger “Cujo”‘s cleaning task,  using his name instead of “Neato”.  

What prompted me to do this?  I had the misfortune to be woken up from a deep slumber when Cujo was doing his rounds. He went under the Bed, and decided to do a rock and roll concert sucking every possible dirt while belching out his version of “I did it my way”. My phone was in the next room, the only device that  can turn him off. I was mad and awake. Hence, I realized at that point in time, that I can yell  – I can really YELL. Hence, YELL, voice control, ergo  Alexa. So, after Cujo finished cleaning under the bed. I decided to integrate him with Alexa. I made Cujo,  one with the Matrix and took the red pill for my bleeding headache. 

Code and documentation on Github  has been updated.

Note, am currently working on integrating iFit devices with samples. Will have a more detailed discussion on possibilities in succeeding posts.  Apologies on the YELL.



La Casa Bianca


Featured in the film “That thing called Tadhana” (“Tadhana” means destiny in Flipino). It is situated in a quiet area in Baguio and functions as hotel, spa and restaurant.

IMG_1299.jpgHere is a view of the restaurantIMG_1301.jpg

And their gazebos


You can have your meals delivered in the gazebos. If you want privacy and a touch of romance.

The restaurant is beautiful, with windows overlooking trees, capitalizing on Baguio’s rich greenery. The dinning area is refined having a non pretentious yet tasteful arrangement of chairs and tables, of course a fireplace.


The food is magnificent. We had to indulge ourselves on a bottle of wine to savor the atmosphere. “That’s tadhana, Baby !!!”


We ordered Callos – a beef tripe dish served on top of  wild rice. IMG_1312.jpgAnd Chop SueyIMG_1311.jpg

So far, this is the best Chop Suey -I ever had. Baguio, is famous for its fresh vegetables, and this dish exemplifies Baguio. If you ever have that chance ,to be in Baguio wanting a piece of “tadhana”, La CASA Bianca is a Destination worth pursuing.


Amazon Alexa, using a Home Automation Bridge

This is a home automation project leveraging on an Amazon Alexa (Echo or Echo Dot) control of Wiwo devices via Amazon Home Bridge. The Amazon Home Bridge is a JAVA 8 application which issues GET URL calls to turn on or off appliances.

Code is on Github.

You will need the following (a socket item 1 and an Alexa device ( 2 or 3) ):

  1. Orvibo Wi-Fi Smart Socket Outlet US Plug, Turn ON/OFF Electronics from Anywhere, White (WiWo-S20)
  2. All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black
  3. Amazon Echo – Black

Note, that this is a first attempt and will be making changes as time permits. It is possible that you can hook up other devices (Cujo, my vacuum cleaner) using the template on GitHub. Will be blogging those and adding new features.

Happy New Year – 2017 !!!