Elgato Reveals ‘Eve’ HomeKit Compatible Sensors & Avea LED Smart Bulbs

Elgato, best known for their EyeTV and other video devices have entered the smart home market with a raft of new products. The newly announced Elgato ‘Eve’ system will allow users to monitor conditions around their home with a range of sensors. The sensors will measure air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption and more. Elgato say the […]

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Review: IP Control of Your IR Gear with Global Caché iTach IP2IR

Expensive dedicated universal remotes are increasingly going the way of the dodo in all but the most bespoke of smart homes. The proliferation of touchscreen smartphones and tablets coupled to the growing number of devices that can be controlled by IP means they are becoming less relevant.  But IR control is still a requirement in most […]

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Raspberry Pi Addon Pi-mote Controls Smart Home Sockets with Python

 Energenie have launched a Raspberry Pi add-on that attaches via the GPIO connector and offers a low cost home control solution. Our best-selling remote control sockets are now available with a controller board for Pi. Whether you are a Pi newcomer, hacker, or Python sage you will be able to control your electrical sockets within a […]

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Review: RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme – The Last Portable Battery You’ll Ever Need?

I’m starting to think I might have a problem. My interest in external batteries may be turning into a fetish, but these energy stores are important to our digital lifestyles. The latest electron pump to whet my appetite is the RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme. Xtreme is a clue to this units performance, this is one meaty power pack. Weighing in […]

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Video: Eve & Adam Zigbee Smart Home Irrigation

This weeks smart home crowd funded candidate is ‘Eve’, an 8 or 16 zone intelligent irrigation controller. Eve communicates with its partner, the ‘Adam’, a wireless capacitive moisture and temperature sensor. The Zigbee link has a range of around 300 feet and battery life is quoted as over a year. Adam tells Eve when to […]

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Video: Tour of Aussie Mansion Home Automation Setup

Here’s a quick video tour of an impressive home automation setup from Australia.  Installed by ‘Electronic Living’ the Savant powered system even includes an automated diving platform that appears above the pool… The multi-award winning team at Electronic Living created a fully-integrated system to complement one of the largest residential projects in QLD. The Savant home automation […]

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Review: Transcend JetDrive 725 Upgrades Our Retina MacBook SSD to 960GB

Back in the summer of 2012 I reviewed the new 15″ Retina MacBook Pro.  It was an upgrade from my previous MacBook that had been modified to take a 1TB hard drive as well as an SSD, so while the move to an even faster SSD was great, I had to use an external USB hard drive to deal with […]

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[Sponsor] QIVICON: Smart Home standard from Germany

The German Smart Home platform QIVICON is the first cross-vendor Smart Home platform. Unlike most other systems QIVICON does not rely on just one communication protocol; it connects different wireless technologies. Users are thereby enabled to use and combine the Smart Home functions and devices of different manufacturers and are not limited to one provider […]

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mHub : An Affordable 4×4 Multiroom HDTV System

Here’s a brand new multiroom HD TV distribution system that will send 1080p to four rooms in your home. mHub from HDanywhere allows you to plug-in four HDMI input sources (think Sky HD, Blu-ray Player, Games Console, Apple TV etc) and access these at up to four HDTVs throughout your home simultaneously. The 4×4 Matrix Supports […]

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Wi-Fi & Bluetooth LE Powered emberlight Smart Light Adaptor

This weeks Kickstarter smart home offering promises to turn any light into a smart light. The ‘emberlight’ uses Wi-Fi to control your bulb from an iOS or Android smartphone app across your home and around the world through its SSL secured cloud service. It works with dimmable incandescents, halogens, CFLs and LED bulbs and will also turn your lights on and off based on […]

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