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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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Honeywell Reveal New ‘Lyric’ Smart Home Thermostat, Coming to the UK

Earlier this week Honeywell revealed its new smart home Wi-Fi thermostat in the USA. The ‘Lyric’ controls heating and cooling from its LED-illuminated ring. The built-in proximity sensor turns on the display as you approach and shows the current temperature along with the current heating or cooling status.  Its ‘halo ring’ glows orange for heating, blue for cooling and of […]

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New RFXCOM RFXtrx433E Adds Somfy RTS Motor Control

We use the excellent RFXtrx433 with our Mac based Indigo home automation setup.  Now there’s a new version of the wireless smart home swiss army knife, the RFXtrx433E. This E version replaces the older model and has additional hardware that makes it possible to control Somfy RTS motors. In addition the RFXCOM unit can now work […]

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Review: The eedomus Z-Wave Home Automation Controller

Bon soirs mes petits topinambours! Bienvenue to the Automated Home review of the latest home automation offering from France, the eedomus Z-Wave Controller. These things are Les Fromages Grandes in their native country by all account and Vesternet is now bringing them across the channel. We had a brief opportunity to play with one, and the […]

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Loxone Unveil Multi Extension Air for Smart Home Retrofits

Loxone have taken the wraps off their new ‘Multi Extension Air’ module. Designed specifically with retrofit projects in mind, it can be installed practically anywhere, communicating wirelessly with the Loxone Miniserver and Air Base extension. The new module includes integrated PWM outputs for control of LED lighting (RGBW dimmer) or for controlling pumps with PWM inputs. Its 1-Wire interface allows connection […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Bluetooth Suction Speaker for Bathroom Bliss

  A few years ago we added a Sonos zone to our bathroom.  It’s still performing brilliantly and as most owners will tell you once you have one Sonos zone you’ll soon want more. But if you’re looking for an inexpensive way of playing some music or podcasts in the shower in the morning then […]

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Netatmo Wireless Rain Gauge Addon for Weather Station

  We reviewed the Netatmo weather station over a year ago and it has continued to provide us with a reliable way to monitor and record the weather conditions at the Automated Home. The Netatmo is integrated with our Indigo home automation setup too and we really like the convenience of pulling its data into our control […]

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