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I’m Aravind, Senior Engineering Manager at DIAGNAL. I work mostly in the backend stack, solving problems at OTT scale. I’m a petrolhead and likes to push buttons on keyboards & cameras. This is my personal blog where I write random unfiltered tech notes related to software, embedded systems and cars.

Better PIR Motion Activated Lights in Home Assistant

Right way to do motion activated lights in home assitant using PIR sensors can become frustrating if your automation is relying on motion detected / not detected for controlling the light.

December 20, 2023 · 4 min · 834 words · Aravind

Building a DIY Smart Home In India Part 1

Building a DIY smart home in India is not as easy as getting a bunch of smart plugs & bulbs. This is my journey of converting my “dumb” home to a “smart” home in India using DIY methods using custom built hardware, software & opensource stack.

July 7, 2023 · 7 min · 1477 words · Aravind

Converting An Ikea Vindriktning to a Smart Sensor

Converting an Ikea Vindriktning AQI monitor to a smart sensor that works with Home Assistant

March 20, 2023 · 4 min · 771 words · Aravind

DIY Motion Sensor for Home Assistant

Building a simple motion sensor to be used with Home Assistant automations.

February 21, 2023 · 5 min · 1008 words · Aravind

Anticipatory Log Collection

Anticipatory log collection can help in managing production issues proactively and optimise the application over time.

December 28, 2022 · 4 min · 789 words · Aravind