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A Nod to the Smart Home: Elbee Controls Devices With Head Gestures or Voice

Elbee is based in Brussels, Belgium and their team of engineers are creating connected devices and wearables. Konrad Holubek, co-founder and CEO, said it all started while he was washing the dishes. “Back in April 2014, I was in my kitchen when my smartphone started vibrating in the living room. Unfortunately, I could not interact with my phone because my […]

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Review: Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard

A recent PC built for a special project (more on that coming soon) brought with it a requirement for a convenient all-in-one wireless keyboard and mouse. The Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard was just what we were looking for and its compact size (approximately 36 cms x 14 cms) still manages to incorporate a decent sized touchpad. […]

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Video Review: Amazon Echo Your Smart Home Assistant?

The new Echo is a 9 inch high tube shaped Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker coupled to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, their version of Apple’s Siri or Google Now. Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It’s always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the […]

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Umbrela Has You Covered For Retro Fit Home Automation

Umbrela Smart Inc is a Canadian startup with a vision to create simpler smart home setup. Their new home automation system uses 7 inch high definition touch screens that are easily retro fitted in place of your existing wall switches. They use HomePlug Powerline technology so there’s no rewiring required. Several differnet configurations of these ‘Smart […]

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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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LightwaveRF Reveal Range of Coordinating Smart Home Accessories

Smart Home tech specialist LightwaveRF have revealed a variety of new accessories to complement their existing products. These aren’t new RF units, but rather a range of accessories to blend in with their existing wireless home automation devices. The range includes a fan isolator switch and various 1 and 2 gang plate wall switches and sockets with and without neon indicators. […]

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Belkin to Expand WeMo Ecosystem with New Smart Home Sensors

Belkin has announced plans to expand its WeMo smart home range with 5 new sensors. WeMo’s new home sensors allow users to monitor their entire home from anywhere using a mobile device and the WeMo Link, a Wi-Fi-to-Zigbee bridge that connects the sensors to the home’s wireless network. Full pr and images follow… WeMo Door and […]

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Video: Thinking Cleaner Adds Apple HomeKit & WiFi to your Roomba

Lets face it we’d all love a domestic robot, and while we wait for C-3PO many of us have settled for a Vacuum-bot to start off with. Now the new Thinking Cleaner Kickstarter project is aimed at building an add-on for your iRobot Roomba 500/600 or 700/800 to make it a bit smarter, more useful and […]

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Review: Lilin LR7424 1080p HD IP CCTV Camera

We’re all becoming used to seeing great HD images on our TVs these days, so more than ever before, home CCTV can be pretty jarring to look at. With this in mind we started to investigate the HD IP camera world.  It’s a new name to us, but the Lilin LR7424 Day & Night 1080P HD […]

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INSTEON Announces LED Light Bulbs for UK / Europe

Insteon have announced a range of four new Smart Home LED light bulbs for the UK and Europe that can be controlled remotely via apps on iOS and Android devices as well as on a recently introduced app for Microsoft smart phones and tablets. The new LED bulbs are designed to accommodate the wider voltage range in Europe […]

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