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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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Review: Elgato Eve Energy Brings UK Apple HomeKit Socket

At last there’s a UK HomeKit socket module available. But is it any good? We plug in an Elgato Eve Energy at the Automated Home to find out. Setting up the Eve is really simple, the iOS app even uses your camera to read the serial number and pair the device. Everything was up and running very […]

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Finally a UK HomeKit Socket – Elgato Eve Energy

[UPDATE – Check out our Review of the Elgato Eve Energy] Elgato have released the first UK plug-in smart home socket to supports Apple HomeKit. The Eve Energy is a switch and power meter that uses Bluetooth Low Energy. Eve Energy has been carefully designed to make your home smarter, not more complicated. Energy efficient Bluetooth Smart technology ensures […]

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Our Cheat Sheet From Apple’s iPhone, Watch, HomeKit Announcements Today

Apple have just finished their most important keynote address of the year “See you on the 7th”. This annual Autumn announcement brings details of their latest iPhones. A pretty dull opening segment saw Tim Cook fluff his lines and the Nintendo rep seem to say “Thanks Steve” to him. They finally got to the hardware stuff, however, as […]

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New HomeKit App ‘Devices’ is Free for Limited Time

Earlier this week we showed you how to add HomeKit control to your SmartThings setup. Now here’s a timely app launch that gives you another option for part of that setup. ‘Devices’ is a new Apple HomeKit app that aims to make managing your smart home devices easier than ever from your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. LinkDesk […]

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SmartThings + Raspberry Pi & Homebridge = Siri HomeKit Controlled Smart Home

Here’s everything you need to get Siri controlling your Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue lighting and Sonos using a Raspberry Pi running Homebridge. Automated Home reader (and media producer) Paul Gale takes us through his step-by-step guide finishing up with a rather impressive seasonal smart home video. “Hey Siri, make it Christmas!” Or how to get Siri to control HomeKit and non-HomeKit devices […]

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Homebridge Links Legacy Home Automation Devices to Apple HomeKit

[UPDATE – Read our HomeBridge tutorial for a guide on how to set it up with SmartThings and Siri] As companies decide wether or not to support Apple’s HomeKit, here’s an open source software bridge that could bring your existing smart home kit into the 21st Century. Homebridge is a lightweight NodeJS server you can run on […]

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5 HomeKit Compatible Devices to Start Your Home Automation System

[UPDATE – Check out The Best Value Way to Start Your HomeKit Smart Home Setup] If you’re thinking of dipping your toe into the world of home automation and you’re an iOS user then these HomeKit compatible devices may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Apple announced HomeKit over a year ago but at […]

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Our Cheatsheet of All the News from Apple WWDC Keynote

Apple’s 2015 WWDC keynote has just finished. HomeKit ‘has been taking off’ and Apple are adding support for window shades (blinds) plus ‘all types of sensors’ and security systems. Plus you can control your home no matter where you are now too (with an Apple TV). Home control information is coming to Apple Watch ‘complications’ […]

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Broadcom WICED Platform Offers Full Apple HomeKit Support

Broadcom have announced that its ‘Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices’ (WICED) software development kit now offers full HomeKit support. Broadcom claim to be the first company to meet Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework technical specifications for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart. The WICED platform can also be used to bridge non-HomeKit devices to its network. This allows a […]

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