Umbrela Has You Covered For Retro Fit Home Automation

Umbrela Smart Inc is a Canadian startup with a vision to create simpler smart home setup. Their new home automation system uses 7 inch high definition touch screens that are easily retro fitted in place of your existing wall switches. They use HomePlug Powerline technology so there’s no rewiring required. Several differnet configurations of these ‘Smart […]

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Heat Genius – Controlling Your Central Heating From Your TV

Last year Johannes Jensson reviewed the Heat Genius system for us on Automated home. Now he’s controlling his heating from his telly with the addition of a few accessories… I decided to do an experiment and try to find out if I could access and control my Heat Genius Intelligent Heating Controller through my TV. In theory this should be […]

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Oomi Launch Learning Home Automation System

In the works since 2013, Oomi is now ready to reveal itself to the world as it launches at CES and on Indiegogo a few hours ago. The Oomi team describe their creation as the first complete home automation system that’s focussed on learning instead of programming and claim it’s also the first to have accessories designed specifically to make it easy to […]

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Recommended: Infuse Media App Replaces VLC on Our iPhone & iPads

I’ve been searching for a replacement for the VLC app which has has been out of the UK iOS App store again since last year. A Plex setup is a great way to sync your media to your mobile devices. But if you’re not a Plex user or you just want a quick way to get […]

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My Automated Home: One Woman’s Journey into the Smart Home World

Sometimes the tech world can seem like a private mens club. Thankfully that’s changing with each year that passes and our latest ‘My Automated Home’ feature comes from our forum member Mavis. Read on for a female perspective on the smart home, the good and the bad, and even an admission that it’s not just men that sneak those […]

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Watch This: Smart Home Tech & IoT Videos from Last Weeks CES

Here’s a collecting of 14 videos we’ve pulled together featuring some of the home tech highlights from last weeks CES 2015. It was a show that will definitely be remembered for a vast array of IoT and home automation product announcements. The first video is courtesy of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) themselves and shows all the Smart Home Highlights from CES […]

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Pronto Returns with New Bluetooth to IR Gateway & Peel Smart Remote App

If you were an early adopter in the 90′s you will probably remember the Pronto line of universal remote controls with fondness. After suffering a sudden demise in 2010 the Pronto brand is back from the dead and has been re-launch at last weeks international CES in Las Vegas. This isn’t your Father’s Pronto. Rather a new […]

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Hack: DIY Arduino Smart Home Control Panel Uses OpenHAB & MQTT

We always admired the amazing hardware and software that DIY home automators can put together and Mat Smiths project to build his ultimate home control panel is a great example. Mat is designing and building an Arduino based controller to deploy around his next home. The system uses an inexpensive OLED display and a rotary encoder that will […]

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LightwaveRF Reveal Range of Coordinating Smart Home Accessories

Smart Home tech specialist LightwaveRF have revealed a variety of new accessories to complement their existing products. These aren’t new RF units, but rather a range of accessories to blend in with their existing wireless home automation devices. The range includes a fan isolator switch and various 1 and 2 gang plate wall switches and sockets with and without neon indicators. […]

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Belkin to Expand WeMo Ecosystem with New Smart Home Sensors

Belkin has announced plans to expand its WeMo smart home range with 5 new sensors. WeMo’s new home sensors allow users to monitor their entire home from anywhere using a mobile device and the WeMo Link, a Wi-Fi-to-Zigbee bridge that connects the sensors to the home’s wireless network. Full pr and images follow… WeMo Door and […]

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