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Recycling 18650 Cells to Build a DIY Powerwall

Sometimes I really need to step back and take time to be amazed by the Internet. A few days ago I watched a live stream of a man sitting in his garage on the other side of the world ripping apart lots of old laptop batteries to recover the 18650 cells inside. Paul Kennett lives in Wellington, New Zealand […]

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Bargain: 16 Stocking Filler Deal Codes for Your Gadget Loving Friends & Family

The guys over at Aukey have sent us over 16 deals for Automated Home readers. These discount codes should work until 15th December 2016. Use the code beneath the item you’re interested in at checkout. £6 off code: ZNED2Q2I £3 off code: MF2BEJ8T £5 off code: X8RZMY5Y £3 off code: TTF3BOP9   £6 off code : […]

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CEDIA Unveils Education Programme for ISE 2017

CEDIA, joint venture partners of Integrated Systems Europe (6-10 February 2017, RAI Amsterdam), has announced an extensive education programme for ISE 2017, designed to boost technical skills and help drive business improvements for home technology professionals across the region… Attendees can access more than 30 high quality training sessions over four days at the RAI […]

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Video: Google Home Review

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. You can use it to control smart home systems like Nest and Philips Hue with your voice. Marques Brownlee takes a quick look at the device that’s got its eyes firmly fixed on the Amazon Echo… madeby.google.com/home Want More? – Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, or subscribe to our RSS feed. […]

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My Automated Home: Raspberry Pi + Node-Red + MQTT & Amazon Echo

In our latest My Automated Home feature, Dave McLaughlin takes us through his journey developing his own smart home system. With some DIY upgrades to existing home automation hardware and some clever software integration he’s built a fascinating system… In the Beginning Having used Homeseer and a number of wired and wireless devices whilst in the UK, […]

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Deals: Our Picks of the Black Friday Smart Home Tech Bargains

Black Friday might be our favourite American import these days. But there are so many tech bargains to chose from it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. So here are some of our favourites, everything from a £11 stocking filler to some fantastic HD projectors and 4K tellies. And don’t forget to checkout Amazon’s […]

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Crestron Introduces New Generation of TSW Touch Screens

Crestron are now shipping their new TSW-560, TSW-760, and TSW-1060 touch screens promising powerful software features (including Sonos integration) along with beautiful hardware with PoE for easy installations… Crestron, the global leader in luxury home automation technology, is now shipping the new generation of their award-winning line of TSW touch screens. The TSW-560, TSW-760, and TSW 1060 […]

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Energenie MiHome Adds ‘Works with Alexa’ Amazon Echo Support to Nest & IFTTT

We sat down with Energenie’s Business Development Manager, Adam Smith a few weeks ago for a good chat on where the UK smart home company is headed. Two Tribes The Energenie system uses 2 carriers with their implementation of the OpenThings protocol. On-off keying (OOK) is used in the basic modules which keeps prices incredibly keen. For example […]

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The Best Mac Home Automation Platform Gets Even Better with Indigo v7 Release

The guys at Indigo Domotics have been working hard for more than a year on their latest release and earlier this week they launched v7. Indigo 7 has dropped the ‘Lite’ option as it goes all ‘Pro’. The developers have clearly identified that the strength of the system is in its ability to integrate a variety of evolving smart […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: AUKEY PB-T10 20,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 USB Battery Charger

Aukey sent us their new PB-T10 PowerAll External Battery Charger and with several family members that can run a smartphone flat before lunch time, there were no shortage of volunteers to take it for a test drive. The PB-T10 is one of the larger USB batteries available at a 20,000mAh. That’s good enough ti fully charge an iPhone […]

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