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Review: Appkettle – The World’s Smartest Kettle Connects to the Cloud via Wi-Fi

These days the strangest things have WiFi. So when the AppKettle turned up at the Automated Home we wondered if we really needed a Kettle that connected to the Cloud? Setup The UK developed AppKettle is a handsome device with its brushed stainless steel body, a glass water window and an LED display. Setup is a simple process. […]

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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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UK Smart Home Doorbell ‘Ding’ Launches on Kickstarter

We met UK startup team John Nussey and Avril O’Neil back in April at the Gadget Show live. This morning they’ve launched their new smart doorbell on Kickstarter. Now ready for crowdfunding, the Ding Smart Doorbell is made up of three parts, a battery or hard wired doorbell button, a doorbell chime that sits inside your home and a free […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 4 – Smart Home Heating

Welcome to the fourth part in our Devolo Home Control system. In this instalment we are going to review the heating control components, a TRV replacement actuator and a wall mounted thermostat. This area of application should be one of the easier ones to justify in a smart home. It can increase your comfort levels […]

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Video: Google Home Smart Hub Plus Google WiFi Router

Google Home has the Amazon Echo in its sights. It’s a $129 voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant and you ask it questions that start with, “Ok Google”. Introducing Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to […]

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New Loxone Glass ‘Touch Pure’ Makes Smart Home Lighting Stylish

Loxone say their new Touch Pure glass smart switch combines sleek design with effortless lighting control… Add stylish lighting to your home with Loxone’s new ‘Touch Pure’ luxury touch switch. Designed and crafted by glass artisans, this stunning smart switch combines interior design elegance with ground-breaking technology, providing effortless control of your home’s lighting, blinds, […]

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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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Useful Gadget of the Week: ZUS Smart USB Car Charger & Car Finder

The guys from Zus sent us one of these interesting little gadgets and we’ve been testing it for a while now. The dual function Zus started life as an IndieGoGo crowd funded project that reached an impressive 2500% of its goal. 1. USB Charger Zus is a USB charger for your car that sits in the cigarette / […]

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Going Solar Part 1 – Installing a 4kW PV Array at the Automated Home

Having watched the price of photovoltaic solar panels steadily fall over the last few years and seeing a drop in incentives looming on the horizon, we decided to pull the trigger on a system for the Automated Home. We had visits from 3 local companies to quote for a 4kW PV system. That’s the largest single […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 3 – Safety & Security

Welcome to the third instalment of our review of the Devolo Home Control range. So far we have the starter pack up running with some additional motion detection and switching capabilities. We have tested many aspects of the myDevolo app, adding devices, creating groups, rules and scenes. We will now look at the safety and security […]

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