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Will The Cloud be the Integrator in the Sky to Save Home Automation?

A few weeks ago Amazon added support for the WeMo and Philips Hue lights to their Echo home speaker. Suddenly people who had the Amazon device plus the lighting products in their home could say things like, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights” and it would just work. Two disparate systems suddenly talking to each other, literally in this case, with […]

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Take Part In Our “evohome Inventor Webchat” for Chance to Win a Honeywell evohome System

Automated Home and Honeywell have teamed up for a live webchat with the inventors of the Honeywell evohome Smart Thermostat in our Chat Room from 8:00pm to 9:30pm BST on the 15th April 2015. The Honeywell team will be answering your questions regarding all things evohome and the wider Connected Homes landscape too. In attendance we will have […]

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Will Artificial Intelligence Kill Us All? – Hawking and Musk’s AI Warning

We’ve all seen the movies where the machines take over. Terminator, The Matrix, 2001, there’s even the 1998 B movie classic ‘Dream House‘ where a smart home goes rogue with (unintentionally) hilarious consequences. But of course we all know that AI is really here to help humanity. As our twenty-first century machine learning systems munch away […]

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Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2014

2014 really was the year you went bonkers for heating controls. There are no less than 7 posts in our top 20 based on these technologies and our Heating Forums have been buzzing. A special mention at number 17, for Chris Hunter’s series on his incredible Idratek powered Smart Home (look out for the third and final instalment coming early in the […]

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Vesternet Smart Home Store now Available in the USA

Some news for our American readers this week as our title sponsor Vesternet make their smart home store available in the USA. In the last 6 years Dave and his team have built one of the most successful smart home stores in the UK and Europe and their ‘lifetime technical support’ as well as useful customer […]

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Amazon UK Launch Dedicated Home Automation Store

Last september Amazon opened a smart home section on their American site.  Now Amazon UK have just launched their own Home Automation store too. Split into sections like Energy & Lighting, Monitoring & Security, Entertainment and Appliances, this pulls all Amazon’s home gadgetry into one easy-to-browse place. So if you’re looking for anything from an […]

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Video: Nest Learning Thermostat Now Available in the UK

Nest have finally announced a UK version of their learning thermostat.  Now available from Amazon for £179 for the DIY installers, the system comes with a 12volt wired or wireless boiler relay to suit UK installations.  A certified installer program is already in operation (check out the link below) with a ‘basic install’ ranging from £75 to […]

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Automated Home eBay Collections – Tech Ideas for your Smart Home

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing and with all the amazing choice on eBay it can sometimes be hard to see the wood for the trees.  So when the eBay team asked us to try out their brand new ‘Collections’ feature we couldn’t wait to get started. eBay collections […]

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Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2013

Another year has passed and with it the chance to look back at the state of the union in the world of home automation.  There have been many new smart home product launches during the last 12 months and often they’ve sprung from the crowd funding sites KickStarter and Indiegogo. Smartphone and tablet apps have […]

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Automated Home People Profile – Steve Edwards

At Automated Home we’re lucky to have a Web Wizard working behind the scenes to keep the site in tip-top shape – Steve Edwards. Steve started off as an Automated Home reader and attended the famous UKHA2003 and UKHA2004 meets in Hatfield.  Sometime later we kidnapped him and forced him to work he volunteered to help with the […]

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