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Crestron Pyng Aims to Transform Home Automation

Crestrons new Pyng app enables the complete setup and control of your home automation system from your iPad. After years of smart home apps being used as add-ons to control systems, now Crestron say that with Pyng, the app IS the home automation system. While Crestron hardware installations will remain the domain of the approved installer, […]

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Review: IP Control of Your IR Gear with Global Caché iTach IP2IR

Expensive dedicated universal remotes are increasingly going the way of the dodo in all but the most bespoke of smart homes. The proliferation of touchscreen smartphones and tablets coupled to the growing number of devices that can be controlled by IP means they are becoming less relevant.  But IR control is still a requirement in most […]

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Raspberry Pi Addon Pi-mote Controls Smart Home Sockets with Python

 Energenie have launched a Raspberry Pi add-on that attaches via the GPIO connector and offers a low cost home control solution. Our best-selling remote control sockets are now available with a controller board for Pi. Whether you are a Pi newcomer, hacker, or Python sage you will be able to control your electrical sockets within a […]

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Review: RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme – The Last Portable Battery You’ll Ever Need?

I’m starting to think I might have a problem. My interest in external batteries may be turning into a fetish, but these energy stores are important to our digital lifestyles. The latest electron pump to whet my appetite is the RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme. Xtreme is a clue to this units performance, this is one meaty power pack. Weighing in […]

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Video: Eve & Adam Zigbee Smart Home Irrigation

This weeks smart home crowd funded candidate is ‘Eve’, an 8 or 16 zone intelligent irrigation controller. Eve communicates with its partner, the ‘Adam’, a wireless capacitive moisture and temperature sensor. The Zigbee link has a range of around 300 feet and battery life is quoted as over a year. Adam tells Eve when to […]

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Review: Brydge+ with Speakers iPad Keyboard

The Brydge iPad keyboard and case started off life as a Kickstarter campaign.  Raising almost $800K on a target of just $90K it was a spectacular success. A couple of years have passed and the company is now under new ownership, with new retail distribution and pricing. The Brydge iPad case is made from aerospace grade anodised aluminium. It’s […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Belkin Energy Saving Socket with Timer

Yes, the home automator in you is going to look at this and protest.  Yes you could do this with a Z-Wave socket or whatever and a home automation controller and some of your finest logic scripting. But sometimes the KISS principal is best obeyed and simple is often better for members of the family who […]

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Review: Inateck BTSP-20 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

A few weeks back we covered these little Bluetooth Suction Speakers for your bathroom as our useful gadget of the week. Shortly afterwards, the guys from Inateck contacted us to see if we’d take a look at their brand new BTSP-20 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker and it arrived just a few days later. In the box you’ll find the […]

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OpenSprinkler Raspberry Pi and Arduino Based Open Source Irrigation

We’re well into summer now, in this hemisphere at least, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a region that gets enough sun to need it, then here’s an open source sprinkler and irrigation system just for you. OpenSprinkler is the creation of Ray Wang and  Chris Anderson (former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and now the CEO […]

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Keene IR Anywhere KIRA-CC IP Contact Closure Module with IR & RS232

The guys at Keene Electronics have an interesting new smart home controller in the works. The KIRACC Contact Closure module provides a number of ways to control your devices via your local network and across the Internet. Keene say commands can be issued simply by accessing the built in web pages via any device with a browser. […]

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