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Fortrezz MIMOLite Z-wave Multi Input Output Universal Bridge

  Here’s a module that should be ideal to bridge your DIY projects to your Z-Wave network.. The Fortrezz MIMOlite is an interface / bridge module, capable of converting a digital or analog voltage input and/or a Z-WaveTM RF message input to a dry contact relay output and/or a Z-WaveTM RF message output. The MIMOlite module […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 2 –The First Cut is the Deepest

Last time we left the mower driving off its charging dock to calibrate itself then set about its first cut (if you haven’t already, then check out Part One). Before the robot arrived our lawn was freshly mowed using our faithful Rider 15T, our second Husqvarna ride-on mower and one that’s been supremely capable, reliable and a pleasure […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp

Bit of a change of from the norm this week, and in danger of entering the world of interior design! The guys from Inateck sent us one of their new Tomons DL1001 adjustable lamps to take a look. The unit arrived folded up into quite a neat box and required some minor assembly, 3 wing nuts to do […]

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Loxone “Tree” Reduces Smart Home Wiring Requirements by up to 80%

Loxone’s new ‘Tree’ system promises to simplify the task of cabling your smart home whilst retaining all the speed and reliability of a wired system. We asked Loxone to break it down for us…. In simple terms, what is Tree? Loxone Tree is a free form wiring standard that allows you to run a single cable […]

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74% of Consumers Unaware of Smart Home, 19% Definitely Don’t Want One

New research from Harris Interactive has brought to light some interesting opinions on the Smart Home. The study surveyed “a representative sample of over 1000 UK respondents” and revealed that 74% are not aware Smart Home technology is already available and 19% definitely would not own a Smart Home System. Challenges and opportunities ahead for the industry. Read the […]

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Efergy Engage Hub Monitors Home Energy Consumption & PV Solar Generation Online

We all know the story, you need to be able to measure something before you can set about implementing changes. It’s no different for your home’s power consumption, so lets get measuring and saving. There are plenty of home energy monitors around but the engage hub kit from UK based Efergy is a little different. Instead of a […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Energenie 30 Minute Run Down Timer Plug

Over complicating stuff can be something of a habit with some home automators but sometimes the KISS principal is best observed. Here’s a gadget that should be a cheaper and more reliable way of automatically turning off those devices we always worry about leaving on… The Rundown Timer is perfect for those of us who leave the […]

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Video: Robots – Friend or Foe?

Living With Robots is a fascinating new five-part video series from the Financial Times that explores the relationship between man and machine to see how this dynamic will really change our world in the years to come. From bots that free us from the more menial and monotonous tasks around the home or at work, to […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 1 – The Robots are Coming

Earlier this year Husqvarna launched a campaign looking for 100 bloggers to test out their Automower robotic lawnmower range. Now who doesn’t want their own little R2D2 running round their garden, so of course I applied and in the end was lucky enough to be shortlisted to receive one of the bots. Husqvarna have kindly offered the recipients the chance to […]

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Case Study: London Smart Home with Crestron HD Audio Video & Lighting

Smart Home specialists, Custom Controls take us through one of their Crestron home automation projects in this beautiful London property… Full Crestron HD Audio Video and Lighting Control This stunning Mews house benefits from a full Crestron whole home Audio Video system. Crestron wireless lighting controls allow easy control of all lighting levels in the home with […]

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