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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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Video: WigWag Home Automation Sensor KickStarter

Here’s the latest home automation project to hit KickStarter. WigWag aims to make your home more intelligent and autonomous with a range of sensors / controllers plus a cloud service and smartphone app for the logic.  Also on offer are interfaces to Arduino and the Raspberry Pi for hacking your own DIY ideas.  Check out […]

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RaspLogic Home Automation Software for the Raspberry Pi

Ah the Raspberry Pi and Home Automation, a match made in heaven.  Now a new software project “RaspLogic” aims to provide a smart home controller offering a simple interface to build powerful macros. The project – RaspLogic is a software that want to make a simple, user friendly and cheap way to control things in […]

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The Plex Media Server and the Mac mini DIY Fusion Drive

Yes yes, I know you’ve heard it a million times before but we love Plex!  One of the best new features over recent months, PlexSync is used with the many mobile devices in our family, it’s such a fantastic way to take your media with you. Here’s a scenario, it’s Friday afternoon and you know you have […]

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