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Smanos Launch New Smart Home Security Hub, Doorbell and WiFi Camera

We visited the smanos stand at last months Gadget Show Live. The Netherlands based company have been producing security systems for a while now and have recently added a the K1 SmartHome DIY Kit, the UFO Panoramic WiFi HD Camera and Smart Video Doorbell to their range.. K1 SmartHome DIY Kit smanos’s new K1 integrated smart home kit and security […]

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In Depth Review of New Devolo Z-Wave Home Control System

The guys at Vesternet have just publish a huge in depth review of the brand new Devolo Smart Home Control System. The range is made up of a new Z-Wave Plus controller and a variety of re-badged Z-Wave devices running Devolo’s own firmware. Uniquely the central controller has built in Powerline tech meaning it doesn’t have to be […]

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SmartRules v2.0: Easy Logic for your SmartThings Smart Home

We reviewed the SmartRules app at the start of this year and found it powerful and easy to use. Now developers obycode have released v2.0 with a raft of new features and switched to an in-app purchase model to allow users to try out the app before paying for it. Check out all the improvements below… […]

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Sky Q Review: An Installation Story & Real World Impressions

Right from its launch we reckoned the new Sky Q system sounded like just what we needed at the Automated Home so we placed our order the first day it became available. It’s been 10 days since it was installed, so is this the 21st Century TV experience we were hoping for or is it all a bit of a […]

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Weekend Project: Setting up Home Assistant on your PC or Mac

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3 Earlier this week version 0.18 was released and with it even more support for a wide range of hardware and software like Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Hue, Nest, WeMo, MQTT, WebOS TV, Roomba, Sonos, Plex – the list goes on and on. Community member tktino has made three getting […]

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Smart Shades Solar Powered Bluetooth Blind Motor Controlled from your Phone

Originally crowd funded (and raising 874% of its goal), Smart Shades is a clever little Bluetooth blind controller. The motor unit attaches to the cord of your shades and you can control multiple blinds from the smartphone app (Android and iOS). As well as manual control you can use the app to set daily or weekly […]

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Video: First Tesla Powerwall System Installation on TV

This Ozzy TV Show claims to have the first televised Tesla Powerwall installation. Walt & Dani from Channel 10’s Healthy Homes recently paid a visit while we were installing a Tesla Powerwall home battery system. Get more from your solar power system. There are a lots of interesting DIY projects to build a home Powerwall around. If I was building the Automated […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 19-Inch Rack Vertical Wall Mount Bracket

I needed a 24 port switch mounted in a tight space against a wall recently and got this useful bracket to do the job. The StarTech 19-Inch Steel Vertical Wall Mount Equipment Rack Bracket (RK119WALLV) allows network devices, power strips and patch panels etc to be mounted vertically against a wall to save space. It can also […]

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Video: UK Smart Home Doorbell from Ding Labs

We talked to Ding Labs co-founder, Avril O’Neil at this years Gadget Show Live. Ding is a doorbell system that links to your smartphone so you don’t miss an important caller or delivery at your door, whether you’re in the back garden or in another country. The wireless system also links to an Chime module […]

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Opinion: Is the Tesla Model 3 the Tipping Point for the EV

Last year Tesla announced the Powerwall, a smart home battery mainly aimed at storing the energy from your renewables to use when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Better know for their cars though, Tesla’s electric vehicle master plan has always been a three pronged attack. First, the low volume, high priced Roadster. […]

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