Friday, 31 May 2013

Tasker and XBMC, part 2: Create smart playlists and play them by using voice commands (UPDATED!)

Hello again everyone. I assume that you have read the previous post and will try to set up another magic trick with this one here. I will show you how to use your voice, talk to your phone and make XBMC create a playlist based on your command and actually start playing it.

Possible voice commands are for example: "Play music where album is Hairspray" or "Play music where genre is rock" or even "Play music where artist like Jason"
(Of course you need to have those in your music library, right?)

A prerequisite for all these to work is that your android phone and XBMC are connected to the same wireless network.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Tasker for android and XBMC on a Raspberry Pi: Home Automation madness

Hello back, it´s been a while. But I have been playing with interesting toys lately. And this post is here to describe some of it.

Let us introduce the toys first:
1. Tasker for android : On Android market and project website. This is an automation app for android platform. It is very easy to use, there are tutos everywhere online, I won´t cover this part.
2. XBMC on a raspberry Pi computer. If you don´t know what this is, learn. It is worth it.
3. A Samsung Smart TV (model 40UE6300).
4. Json - RPC framework. This is the way to communicate with the XBMC on the raspberry Pi and create all the magic tricks. This is just for reference, I will create another post to describe more magic tricks.
5. Autovoice plugin for Tasker. This will help you be the master of your own android device, namely by allowing you to command it. Directly.
6. Tasker SSH Command launcher.

How? Read on!