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Video: New JUICE iPad Wall Dock Hits Kickstarter

Two Germany entrepreneurs have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a new high quailty aluminium iPad wall dock.  The “JUICE” will mount and optionally charge your iPad on the wall. Juice is CNC machined out of a solid block of aluminium then anodised in Silver or Black.  The inventors say it is easily mounted on any […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 36W

The 15″ Retina MacBook Pro that is the centre of my daily work is connected to quite a few external devices and it’s getting messy.  Time for a desk rethink. A Thunderbolt dock would be nice but they’re still a pricey item and I can get most of what I need with a decent USB hub. So […]

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Review: Home Automation Insider on the Fibaro Z-Wave Wall Plug

In what we hope will be a regular slot, we’ve talked Automated Home reader, turned Home Automation Industry Insider, Martyn Wendon, into reviewing some smart home kit. For his first review we asked him to give us the low down on the Fibaro’s Z-Wave Wall Plug. Background I’ve been a Z-Wave convert for several years now and […]

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Fibaro Launch Innovative Z-Wave Motion Sensor

Fibaro have officially announced the latest addition to its line-up of products today, the new Z-Wave FGM-001 Motion Sensor. The device detects motion and can be used as part of a security system to monitor your home when you’re out.  But it can also be actively used as part of a sophisticated home automation system too. […]

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Video: HomeSeer WFTT07 Android Tabletop Touchscreen Controller

If you’re already running a HomeSeer HSTouch system then pay attention. The new WFTT07 7″ WiFi-enabled tabletop touchscreen unit may be just what you’ve been looking for to control your HomeSeer home automation system.  The tablet is a free standing touchscreen that features a 800 x 480 7″ Capacitive Touchscreen and runs at Android Ice Cream Sandwich on its ARM Cortex […]

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Video: Loxone Launch Wireless Retro-Fit Home Automation Add-ons

The Loxone Home automation system has been around since 2008 and this week they have launched a brand new wireless addition to their range. The ’Loxone Air’ system employs wireless mesh technology (868MHz ) as well as bi-directional comms for acknowledgement and status. The system offers easier installation for the retro-fit market and should help to cement Loxone as […]

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Video: Logitech Harmony Keyboard Controls Your Living Room

Logitech have just announced their new Harmony Keyboard. Aimed squarely at the living room, couch potatoes can rejoice as now there’s an easy way to search for shows, navigate menus and browse the Web on a PC or Mac connected to your TV or Internet-connected media devices, like an Apple TV, Roku, PS3 or Xbox. As with […]

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Fibaro Launch New Home Center Lite Home Automation Controller [Updated]

Building on the success of their award winning Home Center 2, Polish smart home specialist Fibaro have today announced a brand new home automation controller, the Home Center Lite. The compact unit (90 x 90 x 33 mm) employs a 720MHz Cortex A8 processor and its on-board Z-Wave radio can manage up to 230 devices. The HC Lite ships with […]

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New Myro:Air High-End AirPlay Receiver Offers 2-Way RS-232 Control

Myro Control have opened pre-orders for their new Myro:Air system after gaining Apple Certification for AirPlay and Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad. The Myro:Air is the first AirPlay receiver that employs a built-in Wolfson WM8741 Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), allowing users to stream high-quality uncompressed audio from iTunes or an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch connected to your home’s Wi-Fi […]

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energyEGG Turns Off Lights and Appliances Automatically in an Empty Room

On last nights episode of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, business angel Piers Linney invested £50,000 in smart home company energyEGG. The energyEGG system relies on a battery powered sensor to determine when a room is unoccupied, turning off lights and appliances, which the company claims “typically saves 30% on the running costs”. Crucially the system […]

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