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Smart Apartment in Londons Mayfair

UK distributors, AWE supply a lot of gear to the custom installation trade. Here’s one of the latest smart home installations using their kit , by HA specialists EasyComp. Make sure to click the photo of that rack below for some home automation porn. A stunning apartment in London’s exclusive Mayfair has undergone dramatic renovation, transforming an […]

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The UK’s Smartest Home? Part 2

Here’s the second part of our series on what may well be the UK’s Smartest Home (make sure to read Part 1 first). Over to Chris Hunter to take us through the next instalment on his amazing Idratek powered home automation system… In Part I, we gave an overview of what we’d done, the self-build and the automation. […]

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Video: Tour of Aussie Mansion Home Automation Setup

Here’s a quick video tour of an impressive home automation setup from Australia.  Installed by ‘Electronic Living’ the Savant powered system even includes an automated diving platform that appears above the pool… The multi-award winning team at Electronic Living created a fully-integrated system to complement one of the largest residential projects in QLD. The Savant home automation […]

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Video: Android Wear Home Automation Control from your Watch

A few weeks ago Google announced Android Wear at their i/o developers conference. Now one user has shown a home automation setup being controlled from his Android smart watch. Lucky for me, Android Wear works out of the box with João Dias’s AutoApps (http://joaoapps.com), including AutoVera, AutoVoice, and AutoNotification. To pass the voice command back to Android, […]

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The UK’s Smartest Home? Part 1

The home of Chris and Clare Hunter has a traditional stone exterior that belies the all-encompassing smart home system that resides within. A house that makes intelligent autonomous decisions rather than rely on its occupants to operate remote controls. Dr Karam from Idratek takes us through this incredible installation, their most comprehensive to date… In a recent article we described an IDRATEK installation in […]

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Our Tour of Cornflake’s Stunning London Smart Apartment

A couple of minutes walk from a busy bustling Oxford Street, in London’s West End, is an oasis of calm. I visited the Cornflake Smart App-artment on a sunny day in July and its relaxing ambiance was a welcomed break from the heat and the crowds. Beneath its unassuming glass facade lies a contemporary mock-home. Opened just over […]

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My Automated Home: Heat Genius Smart Home Heating Controls

This months ‘My Automated Home’ feature follows Johannes Jensson’s compressive review of his Heat Genius installation… Nobody has escaped the rapid rise of gas and electricity prices over the last 5 years. I had a feeling that my cash was really going up in smoke and I needed a permanent way to reduce my heating cost. I […]

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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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