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New Smart Home Projects Blog

A few years back Martyn Wendon showed us his smart home setup complete with its four nodes.  Now he’s launched his own smart home blog, detailing some great projects like this one aimed at monitoring his water butts, complete with example scripts to help you implement your own setup… I Like Big Butts – Monitoring Water […]

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Case Study: UK Z-Wave Home Automation Setup

Sometimes the best inspiration for building your own home automation system is to have a look at what others have done. The guys over at Vesternet have recently launched their new ‘Case Studies’ section and it’s a great opportunity to go through the keyhole and into some contemporary Smart Homes. Here’s their best install to date […]

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Video: Control4 Demos “Panelized” Smart Home Lighting

Control4′s Blake VanCleave gives a quick behind the scenes look at a condo in Indiana that features a Panelized Lighting system.  The panel is inside a cabinet, completely hidden away from the customer… The advantage of doing this then, is that the consumer only gets to see a single keypad in each one of these zones. The […]

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Caring Home Automation – An Assisted Living Smart Home Case Study

Idratek are well known for their work in building intricate smart home systems whilst reducing the complexity for the user. Director, Karam Karam takes us through a recent assisted living installation that has lessons for all home automators… Significant home automation installs tend to be seen as the preserve of the gadget lover or in the context […]

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Video: The “Barry White Button” in a Boston Smart Home

Here’s a quick video of an Automated Home in Boston that features a novel “Barry White” button.  Check out the video below.. The whole idea of automation is to make it easy. You don’t want to see a lot of flash, you don’t want to see a lot of touch screens, you just want the […]

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Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House

If you are a DIY Home Automator you’d probably admit your system needs a little finessing now and then.  You are the sysadmin that reboots the house once in a while and are usually tweaking ,improving and replacing things as you go. However you probably wouldn’t expect to have the same roll with a professionally […]

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New London Smart App-artment Demos Home Automation Heaven

One of the UK’s most well known smart home installation companies, Cornflake, has just opened a new show apartment in the west end of London.  The ‘Smart App-artment’ is described as an experience centre where you’ll find ‘technology in empathy with design’.  You can book a tour of the show home by contacting Cornflake, but in […]

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Home Automation Case Study: Control4 Home Cinema

The guys from UK home automation specialists Cyber Homes recently undertook a project to transform a little used snug into a luxurious home cinema in the Oxfordshire countryside.  This is a project which has been shortlisted in the upcoming CEDIA awards.  Read on for all the details photos and the equipment used in this Control4 […]

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Home Automation Case Study: Custom Controls

UK specialist Custom Controls recently undertook one of their most ambitious projects. Read on for all the photos and details… This project saw Custom Controls using and integrating just about every piece of automated control kit available including advanced audio, video, lighting and heating controls. This project covered a total area of 10,000 square meters, including […]

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New UK Show Home Demos Savant’s Apple Powered Home Automation Solution

  UK Distributors RGB, have just opened a Savant Experience Show Home to demonstrate how Savant has brought the familiarity of the Apple user interface to home automation. The system powering the central London Show Home is based on a Savant SmartMediaPro12 modular matrix switch/controller fitted with cards for 8 zones of audio and 10 zones of […]

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