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Watch This: Mat Smith’s DIY Arduino Home Automation Control Panel

Back in January we checked in with Mat Smith on the progress of his home brew control panel. Now after a year in development Mat has his first fully assembled unit. The feature packed home automation controller includes proximity sensing and uses MQTT messages to communicate with his openHAB server. This currently allows him to control music, temperature and his LightwaveRF […]

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[Sponsor] Schneider Electric Marries Style and Functionality with Next Generation of Wall Switches

Schneider Electric’s new Saturn eDLT range builds on the success of the C-Bus DLT switch by taking it to a whole new level of sophistication, by allowing the user to control 16 devices by scrolling multiple pages with one sleek switch. With enhanced colour, control and functionality options, the Saturn eDLT range offers a huge […]

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Popp Z-Weather is World’s First Solar Powered Wireless Z-Wave Weather Station

Z-Wave Europe revealed their new smart home weather station early this year and now it’s shipping under the Popp brand. With its solar power the makers claim Z-Weather is the first Z-Wave device that is self-sufficient without the need for any external power. Its integrated management system ensures that there is always sufficient energy available to report emergency weather conditions as well as twilight […]

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Video: Meet Nest Cam and the New Nest Protect

Nest’s latest announcements were far from earth shattering but here’s a couple of quick videos to introduce you to the latest versions of their smart home devices. Nest Cam This is the first Nest branded camera since the company acquired Dropcam last summer. The Nest Cam has full high-definition (1080p) video quality, a new stand design for […]

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Review: Jabra Revo Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Wow, headphones, where do I start. I seem to have some weird fixation with them and I own quite a few pairs. I have my cheap in-ears that I use for on lawn-mower podcast listening, my insomnia curing SleepPhones and some huge old proprietary wireless Sonys for late night spouse-friendly TV listening duties. Up until a few months ago […]

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Z-Wave Greenwave Extension Lead Has 5 Addressable Sockets

New in at Vesternet is the Greenwave Z-wave PowerNode, a mains socket extension board with 5 sockets that are individually addressable for your home automation projects. The Greenwave 5 Port PowerNode is the only Z-Wave Multi-Socket (extension lead) available that allows you to control multiple electrical appliance on/off and measure their power consumption. Each of it’s […]

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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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Useful Gadget of the Week: iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Smartphone Car Mount

Since getting my big-ass phone (update: I’ll never go back to a smaller screen) I needed something suitable to hold it in my car. My affliction with always trying to get the best tool for the job means I have to research these things to the nth degree, but I’m glad I did as there’s a […]

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Loxone Reveals Nano IO Air Plus Touch for Nano

The guys at Loxone have brought you more retro-fittable goodness in the shape of two new wireless products for your home automation system. The ‘Nano IO Air’ is a £90 wireless relay and I/O module that features two 5A relays plus six integrated digital inputs. These provide plenty of opportunities for the integration of switches, door contacts, water detectors […]

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GreenIQ Smart Irrigation Hub is “Nest for the Garden”

Israeli IoT startup GreenIQ produces what they describe as a “Nest for the Garden”. The smart hub for the outdoors controls irrigation based on current and predicted weather conditions and claims savings of up to 50% in its customers monthly water bills. Green fingered home owners can remotely control their irrigation systems and garden lighting from anywhere at […]

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