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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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Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2016

2016 has been an interesting year, even the complicated world of Smarthome tech has been easier to follow than the politics. Before we start, here’s a special mention for Paul Gale’s guest post on using a Raspberry Pi to integrate SmartThings and Homebridge for Apple HomeKit and Siri control of a Christmas lighting and media setup. Also a […]

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Marmitek DoorGuard 470 – New Handsfree Colour LCD Video Intercom

Serial smart home innovators Marmitek have launched their latest product, the DoorGuard 470… The Marmitek DoorGuard 470 features a colour camera with a 100-degree wide angle lens, always giving you a clear view on visitors. You can even store a video of each visitor. The handsfree indoor unit lets you communicate with the person at your door without […]

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Video: Installing a Flush AV Backbox with Syncbox

We noticed a new product making a bit of a stir in the custom install world so we asked the makers to tell us a bit about – Syncbox… When companies are installing Syncbox we make sure that they take pride in doing so because making something look beautiful and elegant requires care and precision […]

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Video: ‘The Block’ – Australia’s Most Connected Home

Here’s an interesting video showing an Ozzy smart home equiped with facial recognition and fingerprint security, voice activated vacuum cleaners and coffee machines, electronic privacy glass, an outdoor cinema powered by the Clipsal Wiser and controlled from C-Bus Zen DLTs. Clipsal are keen to point out… This technology isn’t a glimpse into the smart home […]

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Review: Kitsound Unity Soundbar TV Base

Flat screen TV’s are great, except for one thing, as they’ve got thinner over the years they’ve also started to sound worse and worse. Case in point in our bedroom Samsung LED Smart TV. It’s great, it even runs Plex natively, but it sounds so frustratingly bad. At a point about half way up the volume scale […]

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