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[Sponsor] What’s trending in the world of smart door locks? A new study identifies consumer demands for 2016 and beyond

  Hard data on the market for smart-home security is scarce, but a new report from lock industry leader ASSA ABLOY and IFSECGlobal.com aims to fills the gap. The new co-published report reveals answers to key questions about the growing market for smart locks. What do consumers think a digital door lock should do? How […]

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My Belfast Test Drive in a Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous

If you’re a regular Automated Home reader you’ll have noticed a few electric car stories creeping in over the last couple of years along with more Tesla coverage (including their Powerwall) too. I got a quick indoor passenger run in a Model S earlier this year while at the Gadget Show Live at the NEC and […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 6 – Stolen?

So far living with the Husqvarna Automower has been an overwhelmingly positive experience as I think you’ll agree if you’ve watched all the previous videos. However one aspect of ownership gives me cause for concern. Lawn Mower Lifters The whole idea of an autonomous robotic lawnmower is that it roams around your garden on its own. It’s pretty […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Edision HDMI Modulator Distributes HD Over Coax

A while back we covered this eye-wateringly expensive option to modulate HD signals over your home’s existing coax cables. But now there’s a more affordable choice… The Edision HDMI Modulator distributes full HD over an existing coax network so it can be used as an HDMI modulator to convert the output from say your Sky box, Blu-ray player, Apple TV or […]

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Video: EVE Connect Links Your Smart Home With Your Smart Car

As more people prepare to get their hands on a Telsa via the Model 3, here’s a software platform that links your your smart car with your smart home. EVE Connect is described as “the most advanced connect home / connected car solution available” and it can talk to a range of home automation hardware […]

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Eco-Heating Systems with a Twist

After working for many years as a production engineer, Patrick Littlehales started to creating his own eco-heating systems. He claims many of the installations he has designed and installed over the last decade end up as ‘zero-cost’ systems which actually return an annual profit to the home owner. A compulsive inventor, he describes his installations as usually incorporating an […]

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Exclusive Interview: Loxone Reveal Huge Growth as UK Smart Homes Boom

Austrian smart home brand Loxone have been going from strength to strength over the last few years. We talked to UK CEO Philipp Schuster to get some hard figures and garner his opinion on the state of the UK market… Hi Philipp, can you give us some idea of how well Loxone’s Smart Home system is selling in the UK? […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 5 – Rain or Shine

Normal service has been resumed at the Automated Home in terms of summer weather. After a couple of fine weeks in May, June ended cold wet and windy. Rain or Shine However in the week that Wimbledon started, rain has not stopped play as far as mowing the lawn goes. The Automower doesn’t care if it’s […]

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Mini Review: Oculus Rift – Game Changing Hardware That Takes Me To The Track

I’m writing this the night after my first real experience of VR and my mind is blown. I’ve done the whole Google Cardboard and Gear VR thing before, but Oculus Rift is a very different animal. I have been looking forward to moving my sim racing rig into the virtual reality world for a couple of […]

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Exclusive Interview: EnOcean Wireless Energy Harvesting IoT Tech

This time we talked to Zeljko Angelkoski, Marketing and Communications Director for EnOcean. The company is famous for making switches that need no mains or batteries, instead powering themselves by harvesting the kinetic energy used to actually push the switch… Hi Zeljko, can you sum up what EnOcean is in a couple of sentences for us? EnOcean […]

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