Zelda-inspired hack lets you control your smart home with an ocarina
Monday, 20 March 2017 Voice recognition is making it easier to control your smart home using products like the Amazon Echo, but why talk when you can whistle? YouTube tinkerer Allen Pan customized his home automation system to respond to melodies from the N64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Each command is performed on an ocarina (what else?) and fits thematically with the item it controls — play the Bolero of Fire melody, for example, and the heating comes on; play Epona’s Song, and it unlocks the car.
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