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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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Marmitek BoomBoom 430 Bluetooth Amp Puts Old Speakers Back to Work

Marmitek’s latest little black box may just get you up in the loft to bring down your old speakers and drag them into the 21st century. The BoomBoom 430 is a palm sized box that combines a wireless Bluetooth receiver with a 2 x 40 watt digital amplifier. Now you can send all that music on your tablet, smartphone […]

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Watch This: Wireless Philips Hue Tap Smart Switch

The guys from TWiT recently reviewed the Philips Hue Lux bulbs along with the interesting ‘Tap’ smart switch. The Tap works without batteries by harnessing the kinetic energy in pushing the switch and it controls your Hue lights wirelessly. The wireless system uses the Zigbee Green Power protocol (IEEE 802.15.4) and has a quoted range of […]

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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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