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Marvell’s New IoT SDK for Apple HomeKit

-+*Marvell has announced a new SDK for Apple’s Home Automation framework, HomeKit. Marvell’s SDK for HomeKit is available on its EZ-Connect™ IoT Platform, including Marvell’s 88MC200 microcontroller and advanced Avastar® 88W801 Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC). The SDK is already being used by several hardware manufacturers and paves the way for the first HomeKit accessories to be brought […]

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Hack: DIY Arduino Smart Home Control Panel Uses OpenHAB & MQTT

-+*We always admired the amazing hardware and software that DIY home automators can put together and Mat Smiths project to build his ultimate home control panel is a great example. Mat is designing and building an Arduino based controller to deploy around his next home. The system uses an inexpensive OLED display and a rotary encoder that will […]

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Raspberry Pi Addon Pi-mote Controls Smart Home Sockets with Python

-+*Energenie have launched a Raspberry Pi add-on that attaches via the GPIO connector and offers a low cost home control solution. Our best-selling remote control sockets are now available with a controller board for Pi. Whether you are a Pi newcomer, hacker, or Python sage you will be able to control your electrical sockets within a […]

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Video: DIY Internet of Things €50 Home Automation Starter Kit

-+*TinkerForge have launched a new DIY Home Automation kit that allows users to control their devices over the Internet. The system can be used to remotely control 433MHz mains switches, dimmers and other home automation components including Home Easy devices and promises a good wireless range around the home using its external antenna. The kit can be controlled from […]

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TeaCP/IP – Hacking the iKettle

-+*TeaCP/IP. surely the best Automated Home article title ever eh, get it, huh?  OK, never mind. Two Automated Home readers have set about hacking the Wi-Fi water boiler from iKettle with some pretty cool results. After lots of port scanning, packet sniffing and general neck bearded geekery they have both published their findings. Check out […]

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WeMo ‘Maker’ Delivers iOS & Android Control to Smart Home Hackers

-+*Belkin announced some additions to their WeMo home automation range at CES this week including a new LED Lighting Starter Set, WeMo Smart LED Bulbs and a slow cooker (really). Amongst these new Wi-Fi powered devices is an aptly named $50 ‘Maker’ module. It aims to provide DIYers with a simple way to integrate WeMo control into […]

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Video: LED Stair Lighting Hack with Raspberry Pi

-+*  We never fail to be amazed by the ingenuity and skills of smart home hackers and we’ve been following Robert Hekkers’ Staircase Lighting project since last September. Now the project is finished and the 12 LED strips, IR light barriers, 16-channel LED driver, and Arduino / Raspberry Pi controls are all in place.  Check out […]

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Now TV + 10 Minute Hack = £10 Wireless Plex Media Player

-+*We’re a tad late to this party but our Now TV unit arrived today and it’s as good as we’d heard.  The little white box is a subsidised Roku LT and it must be the bargain of the year for just £9.99 delivered.  It even includes the HDMI cable (which by itself is often more […]

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eQ-3 MAX! Affordable Wireless Heating Control with your Smartphone or Raspberry Pi

-+*As the days begin to shorten and the leaves start to fall thoughts turn to the winter ahead and the ever increasing energy bills.  Heating control is a problem that’s made for home automation to solve and there’s always plenty of advice on our Heating Control Forum. Hello Max – One solution that’s being discussed in there […]

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Video: Raspberry Pi Voice Control for LightwaveRF Devices

-+*Home automation hacker Charlie Cole has employed a Raspberry Pi to create a voice interface to his LightwaveRF devices.  A virtual butler is born and ‘Jeeves’ controls lights, sockets and IR devices using only his masters voice.  Check out all the details and the video below… Quick video showing controlling a home automation system using voice commands.  If […]

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