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Video: Very Cool Touch Switch Coming to Iridium Mobile?

Here’a fab looking touch switch posted to Twitter by Nikolay Rusanov. From what we can make out from the short video the unit supports PoE (although there’s a mains adaptor plugged into it). There’s a micro USB port on the rear, presumably for programming. The UI borrows heavily from Windows Mobile and looks fast and responsive. We asked Nikolay what […]

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Smanos Launch New Smart Home Security Hub, Doorbell and WiFi Camera

We visited the smanos stand at last months Gadget Show Live. The Netherlands based company have been producing security systems for a while now and have recently added a the K1 SmartHome DIY Kit, the UFO Panoramic WiFi HD Camera and Smart Video Doorbell to their range.. K1 SmartHome DIY Kit smanos’s new K1 integrated smart home kit and security […]

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In Depth Review of New Devolo Z-Wave Home Control System

The guys at Vesternet have just publish a huge in depth review of the brand new Devolo Smart Home Control System. The range is made up of a new Z-Wave Plus controller and a variety of re-badged Z-Wave devices running Devolo’s own firmware. Uniquely the central controller has built in Powerline tech meaning it doesn’t have to be […]

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Smart Shades Solar Powered Bluetooth Blind Motor Controlled from your Phone

Originally crowd funded (and raising 874% of its goal), Smart Shades is a clever little Bluetooth blind controller. The motor unit attaches to the cord of your shades and you can control multiple blinds from the smartphone app (Android and iOS). As well as manual control you can use the app to set daily or weekly […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 19-Inch Rack Vertical Wall Mount Bracket

I needed a 24 port switch mounted in a tight space against a wall recently and got this useful bracket to do the job. The StarTech 19-Inch Steel Vertical Wall Mount Equipment Rack Bracket (RK119WALLV) allows network devices, power strips and patch panels etc to be mounted vertically against a wall to save space. It can also […]

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Exclusive Interview: The ZigBee Alliance on v3.0, The IoT & Affordable Sensors

ZigBee is the technology behind the SmartThings Hub, Philips Hue Lighting and many other home automation modules and sensors. We asked Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development at the ZigBee Alliance to tell us about their latest standard and what the chances are for cheaper devices… Hi Mark, can you sum up what the ZigBee Alliance is in […]

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Aeon Labs Tease with Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Doorbell

So this one’s a bit of a tease. If you’re on the look out for a Z-Wave doorbell then how does this sound… Load the Aeotec doorbell with your favorite tunes and include it to your Z-Wave network to rediscover one of the basic elements of every home. The Z-Wave doorbell is easy to set up and […]

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Video: Xandem’s Mesh of Nodes Provides Occupancy Tracking in Your Smart Home

Ah… smart home occupancy detection, that old chestnut. Xandem Home is a new system that promises complete coverage of movement and occupancy detection around your house. Their 2.4 GHz devices can be hidden yet see through walls and furniture. There’s real-time location tracking (and history) plus triggers and mobile notifications / email / text etc. Xandem’s algorithms process the […]

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Review: Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Multisensor 6

We’ve had an Aeon Labs Z-Wave MultiSensor 6 since the summer and with the recent addition of a SmartThings hub in the Automated Home we’re finally able to test it. In contrast to so many smart home products over the years this unit looks good and a quick visit to the Aeon Labs website shows they care about design. The sensor is an ideal […]

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Video: Roost Wi-Fi Battery Upgrades Your Existing Smoke & CO Alarms

If you’re looking for a feature-rich smart home smoke (and Carbon Monoxide) alarm then checkout the Nest Protect. But here’s a clever device that promises to bring some of its best features to your existing detector. The Roost is a 9V smart battery that removes the chance of those annoying 3am ‘chirps’ from your regular smoke detector by notifying […]

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