Controlling a ceiling fan with Simple Fan Control

I released Simple Fan Control today on Google Play, web, and source on Gitlab. This project’s genesis was the purchase of a Hunter Advocate fan with Internet connectivity. It’s app doesn’t work, which I wrote about recently.

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Simple Fan Control’s web version

The app is build with NativeScript and works by interacting with Alya Network’s Internet of Things (IoT) service. If there was interest, I would explore communicating with the fan directly instead of through Alya Networks. The IoT world scares me a bit because users transmit personal data to a third party service they may not be aware even exists. Alya’s service collects name, address, email, and GPS coordinates. It’s scary to think what this data could be used for or it being leaked. There’s also the concern that the fan control app becomes useless if the internet is down or should the company shut it down.

If you are using a Alya Networks based device or want to collaborate on using the code for other IoT projects please let me know by opening a Gitlab issue. I’m charging $4 for the app, but you can of course build it yourself for source. By purchasing the app, you’d support further development. Alya Networks dev boards aren’t free and would let me test out other configurations and device wifi connectivity.

I do consulting work if you are a IoT company looking to improve your software. Get in touch with info at burkesoftware.com if you’d like to know more.

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