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Kickstarter: MOVE Solar Powered Motorized Blind & Shade Controller

We’re back from holiday relaxed and refreshed and ready to hurtle towards an Automated Autumn (looking out the window at the UK ‘Summer’ that’s not hard to imagine). So here’s an interesting new Kickstarter for your perusal. The MOVE team promise a easy to fit $29 Bluetooth controlled motor for your existing indoor blinds and […]

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[Sponsor] 20% Off Fibaro, Aeon, Popp & TKB – Today ONLY

Vesternet Mondays – 13th July ’15 – The Vesternet Mondays sale continues with spectacular savings of up to 20% on Fibaro, Aeon, POPP and TKB products today. Aeon Recessed Door Sensor – Save £10.40 Aeon Recessed Door Sensor Gen5 – Save £9.88 Fibaro Universal Dimmer – Save £9.12 Fibaro Relay (2 * 1.5 Kw) – Save £9.12 Fibaro […]

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Loxone Integrates Your Electric Car With Your Home Automation System

  From today Loxone are offering the KEBA KeContact P20 electric car charger. The wall box can be integrated with the Loxone system (including a PV system) to offer an intelligent e-car charging solution. The Miniserver is able to collect all the data about charging necessary to qualify for the government’s homecharge grant (up to £700) and […]

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Zipato Z-Wave Mini RFID Keyboard Tracks Who’s Home & Away

Here’s a cool little RFID keypad ideal for tracking who’s at home and who’s not. The wall mount Z-Wave unit can trigger powerful macros too… Device can use up to 20 codes, RFID reader inside, 1 RFID Key tag included, could be used within a security widget and rule creator, Z-wave. Mini Keypad RFiD/Z-Wave’s indicator light […]

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Sim Racing Setup – 21st Century Mid Life Crisis?

Technology has given us so many ways to spend our spare time these days and now the Automated Home has a room dedicated to one of them. It’s been well over a decade since I built a PC but two new driving sims are making a bit of a stir at the moment and it’s time to build a new […]

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Tidy TV Installs with these VESA Mount Breadboard Trays

We’re all looking for a neat finish when installing our smart home systems (checkout #liveinstall for some great photos). Here’s a useful range of mounts to allow you to securely attach all those streaming pucks and baluns to the back of your TV using its VESA mount. The powder coated steel CMP-1 easily attaches to the rear of the […]

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Watch This: Mat Smith’s DIY Arduino Home Automation Control Panel

Back in January we checked in with Mat Smith on the progress of his home brew control panel. Now after a year in development Mat has his first fully assembled unit. The feature packed home automation controller includes proximity sensing and uses MQTT messages to communicate with his openHAB server. This currently allows him to control music, temperature and his LightwaveRF […]

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Home Automation Deals Return Today with Vesternet Mondays

The guys at Vesternet are bringing back their popular Monday deals on Home Automation products and have asked us to let you know… Vesternet Mondays – Each Monday in July and August we’re going to run a one-day only sale – with up to 20% savings on selected products. The discount prices will only be available for […]

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[Sponsor] Schneider Electric Marries Style and Functionality with Next Generation of Wall Switches

Schneider Electric’s new Saturn eDLT range builds on the success of the C-Bus DLT switch by taking it to a whole new level of sophistication, by allowing the user to control 16 devices by scrolling multiple pages with one sleek switch. With enhanced colour, control and functionality options, the Saturn eDLT range offers a huge […]

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Popp Z-Weather is World’s First Solar Powered Wireless Z-Wave Weather Station

Z-Wave Europe revealed their new smart home weather station early this year and now it’s shipping under the Popp brand. With its solar power the makers claim Z-Weather is the first Z-Wave device that is self-sufficient without the need for any external power. Its integrated management system ensures that there is always sufficient energy available to report emergency weather conditions as well as twilight […]

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