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Video: The New Fibaro Z-Wave KeyFob

The new Fibaro KeyFob is a pocket seized Z-Wave Plus remote control that’s small enough to always be with you (7 cms x 3.8 cms) Each button can respond to 1, 2 or 3 clicks plus press and hold for a total of up to 30 different actions around your smart home. Check out the first video below for a […]

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Video: Brilliant Control is Cool New Smart Home Touchscreen Wall Mount Controller

Brilliant Control is cool new touchscreen wall mounted controller that’s compatible with Sonos, Nest, SmartThings, Ring and other smart home devices. Amazon Alexa is built in, so you can ask for news, sports, and weather from any room. You can also video intercom between Brilliant Control units which are available in 12 colours. It looks like […]

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Dream House Down to the Details: 101 Cool Ideas – Technical Tips, Tweaks & Tricks

Last year Patrick Littlehales showed us his Eco-heating systems with a twist. Now he’s published an ebook on building your dream home covering over 100 topics including low energy heating trends with implications for the eco-homes of the future… Your dream house – you know you have to get everything right first time but there will inevitably […]

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Video: Best New Smart Home Tech 2.0

Here’s a quick video from well known reviewer – UrAvgConsumer, showing his favourite new smart home tech…   Want More? – Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, or subscribe to our RSS feed. You can even get these news stories delivered via email, straight to your inbox every day.

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Going Solar Part 4 – I Measure Every 24/7 Electrical Device in the Automated Home

As we mentioned in Part 2, the Automated Home’s base line energy consumption is terrible. There’s no point creating all this energy and then throwing it away. But which are the most inefficient appliances? In an effort to find out I decided to work my way round the house room by room, measuring each device that’s permanently plugged […]

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Video: Stringify is IFTTT Alternative Smart Home Controller in the Cloud

Most people have heard of IFTTT by now, but perhaps not Stringify. Stringify provides a multi-step logic controller in the Cloud and works with more than 500 products and services including Nest, Philips Hue, Ring, Amazon Alexa, Honeywell, Insteon, LIFX, Netgear and Google. Up until recently an IFTTT Recipe has allowed one event to trigger one response. Stringify’s […]

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Review: Did I Return My Bragi Bluetooth Wireless ‘The Headphone’

Bragi are known for their incredibly successful $3.4m Kickstarter campaign that launched their original Dash wireless headphones back in 2014. However they are also known for over promising and under delivering with that product. The Headphone It looks like they’ve not learned much either judging by the release of their second line, the terribly named ‘The Headphone’. I originally […]

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7 Smart Home Videos from CES 2017

Here are a few interesting smart home tech videos from last weeks CES. It’s hard to find one that doesn’t feature Amazon Alexa and of course there’s that old favourite, the internet fridge. Grab a coffee and hit play.. Wired take a look at the 7 Hugs Smart Remote. An intuitive and simple solution to controlling […]

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Mini Review: The Sengled Pusle LED Bulb + JBL Speaker

The guys from Sengled sent us over their ‘Pulse’ lights with built-in Wireless Speakers to try in the Automated Home. The Pulse uses an energy saving LED 8 Watt bulb (600 lumens, 2700 kelvin warm white). In addition there’s a JBL Bluetooth loudspeaker built into the scarlet red enclosure. There are 2 bulbs in this […]

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Video: Home Automation in 2017 Means “Talking IP in the Cloud”

CNET held an interesting Smart Home discussion during last weeks CES. The panel was made up of industry insiders from SmartThings, Amazon Echo, Google Home and August Locks. Amazons Echo seemed to be everywhere at this years CES and it’s made a huge impact in the smart home world in a relatively short space of time. Meanwhile Apple are […]

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