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Useful Gadget of the Week: Remote Control Colour Changing LED Light Bulb

Here’s a gadget that could be a hit over the holidays.  The Auraglow is an inexpensive remote control colour changing 10W LED lightbulb that’s available in B22 Bayonet or E27 Screw fittings. Tell yourself you bought it for its energy-saving properties, then burn it all night changing colours (and moods) as you please. While there are […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: SleepPhones Headphones for Bed

It’s not often that something soft and fluffy makes it to the gadget of the week section but bear with me. I love podcasts (I even used to make some) and I listen a lot of them in bed. I’ve used in-ear buds and my trusty wireless Sennheiser headphones, but neither are anything approaching comfortable to wear in bed. […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: Belkin Energy Saving Socket with Timer

Yes, the home automator in you is going to look at this and protest.  Yes you could do this with a Z-Wave socket or whatever and a home automation controller and some of your finest logic scripting. But sometimes the KISS principal is best obeyed and simple is often better for members of the family who […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: Bluetooth Suction Speaker for Bathroom Bliss

  A few years ago we added a Sonos zone to our bathroom.  It’s still performing brilliantly and as most owners will tell you once you have one Sonos zone you’ll soon want more. But if you’re looking for an inexpensive way of playing some music or podcasts in the shower in the morning then […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: EasyAcc 5 Port 25W USB Charger

Submission by Tim Fletcher – You know that irritating situation when you know exactly what you want but can’t find it anywhere, well that is the problem with travel chargers. It’s not difficult, but I want a small, cool unit that will charge the 3 or 4 devices I take away with me when travelling […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 36W

The 15″ Retina MacBook Pro that is the centre of my daily work is connected to quite a few external devices and it’s getting messy.  Time for a desk rethink. A Thunderbolt dock would be nice but they’re still a pricey item and I can get most of what I need with a decent USB hub. So […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: USB Audio Cassette Tape Converter Revives Old Memories

In the annual trek to our loft for the Christmas decorations I spotted an old friend – a case of audio tapes from my youth.  Amongst them was a pub recording I’d made of a Belfast band we followed during the 80′s called ‘Ghost of an American Airman‘.  How cool would it be to listen […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: Mobile Router with Wi-Fi Account Sharing

After we featured this nano router last month we were contacted by Automated Home reader Ken Watt, urging us to look at the Asus WL-330N3G as an alternative. Ken’s recommendation is a £26 Wireless N 3G Mobile Router offering six different modes – Network adapter, access point, wireless router, repeater, Hotspot (Wi-Fi account sharing), 3G sharing modes.  One […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: TL-WR702N Nano Wi-Fi Router

Here’s a tiny, useful and inexpensive device that we added to our kit earlier this year.  At around £15 the TP-Link TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is a mini marvel. Powering the unit up from the supplied mains adaptor or indeed any USB port (micro USB lead included) you’ll find DHCP is switched OFF out of […]

Useful Gadget of the Week: PortaPow 2.5A Quad USB Wall Charger

Our latest ‘gadget’ purchases seem to be all about keeping mobile devices juiced up, and this one’s no different.  The £12 PortaPow 2.5A Quad USB Wall Charger is a mains transformer with 4 USB outputs.  You can charge 2 iPads at the same time, 3 smartphones or 4 feature phones and it will reduce to a […]