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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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Laser Brings Automation Home

Laser Business Systems have been supplying the UK and European market with home automation products since 1995.  As the business has continued to expand over almost 2 decades it has added comprehensive ranges from Clipsal C-Bus, Cytech Comfort Security and most recently KNX.  Now Laser has moved its smart home ranges into a single web store at www.laser.com where customers can […]

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[Sponsor] 5 Ways to Automate Your Home

Smart Security Alerts - One of the best features of home automation systems are the “smart” security alerts – alerts that can be pre-programmed to take different action based on the severity of the alert. For example, if a window is broken and detected, perhaps you want the police notified immediately, whereas if your motion detector sensors went off, […]

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ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Ratified

The ZigBee Alliance have just ratified v1.2 of ZigBee, full PR follows… The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that an update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is […]

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