Archive | Installation RSS feed for this section

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more