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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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[Sponsor] Make the Most of Your Laptop Experience

-+*Remember when everyone had to have a big bulky PC on their desktop.  Now we all want Laptops that give us the freedom to take our powerful computer with us, whether we are travelling from home to work or just from the bedroom to the lounge.  The laptop computer provides such a useful work tool […]

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New Alliance to Develop Open Standard for the Smart Home

-+*In a joint press release, ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG have announced they are working together to create an “open architecture for data exchange….for home automation, security, healthcare, and entertainment services”.  The alliance aims to produce a “common language that allows the appliances to communicate with each other” and will integrate other standards like WiFi, ZigBee and KNX. This paragraph could […]

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