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Weekend: Top 45 Movies from Automated Home Forum Members

Last month we ran a competition on the Automated Home Forums asking members to vote for their all-time favourite movies. So if you’re looking for some inspiration on what to watch this weekend, here’s 45 ideas to try… Top Rated Movies The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 14 Votes Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – 10 Votes […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Win a Yale Z-Wave Smart Lock Worth £190

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. This time we’re giving away a Yale Z-Wave Smart Lock Worth £190! The Yale Smart Living range is designed to secure, monitor and control your home with a range of smart […]

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New Sky Q 4K Ready DVR Brings Wireless Multiroom Plus Tablet Take Away

No smart home is complete without a DVR but the way we watch TV has changed so much over the last decade that some aspects of our consumption still feel mired in the past. Sky’s Director of New Products, Andrew Olson (previously COO at Comcast), joined Sky as Director of Product Planning and Design in 2012 with the responsibility of creating a […]

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Video: SmartThings + Hue + the Logic for Kids Bedroom Night Lights

A quick new video from the CNET Smart Home on lighting for kids bedrooms. The aim is to help children make it to the bathroom during the night without the need to wake other members of the household and the team use SmartThings logic to control Philips Hue lighting… cnet.com  :  @cnetsmarthome Want More? – Follow us on Twitter, Like […]

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Aeon Labs Tease with Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Doorbell

So this one’s a bit of a tease. If you’re on the look out for a Z-Wave doorbell then how does this sound… Load the Aeotec doorbell with your favorite tunes and include it to your Z-Wave network to rediscover one of the basic elements of every home. The Z-Wave doorbell is easy to set up and […]

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Video: Xandem’s Mesh of Nodes Provides Occupancy Tracking in Your Smart Home

Ah… smart home occupancy detection, that old chestnut. Xandem Home is a new system that promises complete coverage of movement and occupancy detection around your house. Their 2.4 GHz devices can be hidden yet see through walls and furniture. There’s real-time location tracking (and history) plus triggers and mobile notifications / email / text etc. Xandem’s algorithms process the […]

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Review: Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Multisensor 6

We’ve had an Aeon Labs Z-Wave MultiSensor 6 since the summer and with the recent addition of a SmartThings hub in the Automated Home we’re finally able to test it. In contrast to so many smart home products over the years this unit looks good and a quick visit to the Aeon Labs website shows they care about design. The sensor is an ideal […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Zipato Smart Home Prizes Worth €660

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. This time we have Two Zipato Smart Home Kits Worth a Total of Over €660! Zipato are an innovative smart home company based in Croatia and with sales in 60 countries around the […]

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Video: Roost Wi-Fi Battery Upgrades Your Existing Smoke & CO Alarms

If you’re looking for a feature-rich smart home smoke (and Carbon Monoxide) alarm then checkout the Nest Protect. But here’s a clever device that promises to bring some of its best features to your existing detector. The Roost is a 9V smart battery that removes the chance of those annoying 3am ‘chirps’ from your regular smoke detector by notifying […]

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Sonos Sounds Like a Good Idea – Then You Use Their Customer Service

Way back in 2005 I reviewed a new-comer to the home audio market and I loved it. But what happens when you have to use Sonos customer service? A couple of weeks ago one of those original units finally gave up the ghost so I got in touch with Sonos on Twitter to see if […]

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