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‘Shortcut’ App Brings Smartphone Voice Control to your Smart Home

‘Shortcut’ is a new smart home app just launched this month that allows you to control a variety of home automation systems with your voice. The system understands natural language so phrases like “turn on the light” or “set the temperature to 72 degrees” can be used.  All this should help to alleviate the current messy control […]

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New Gateway Brings Z-Wave Control to URC Remotes

The new TRF-ZW1 Z-Wave Extender is designed to be an integrated part of URC’s Total Control system. The gateway allows control of Z-Wave devices such as door locks and lights from any Total Control interface including remotes, keypads and smart phones or tablets… Keep your eye on things at home - Using URCs handheld remotes or brilliant […]

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Video: New JUICE iPad Wall Dock Hits Kickstarter

Two Germany entrepreneurs have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a new high quailty aluminium iPad wall dock.  The “JUICE” will mount and optionally charge your iPad on the wall. Juice is CNC machined out of a solid block of aluminium then anodised in Silver or Black.  The inventors say it is easily mounted on any […]

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Fibaro Launch Innovative Z-Wave Motion Sensor

Fibaro have officially announced the latest addition to its line-up of products today, the new Z-Wave FGM-001 Motion Sensor. The device detects motion and can be used as part of a security system to monitor your home when you’re out.  But it can also be actively used as part of a sophisticated home automation system too. […]

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LightwaveRF Teases Smart Home Zoned Heating Control System

The LightwaveRF system from JSJS Designs offers a wide variety of good looking, affordable home automation modules that can easily be retro fitted in any home. After a long gestation period the company are ready to launch their heating control range which will be part of the new professional series. Featuring ARM processors, the system will include […]

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Video: HomeSeer WFTT07 Android Tabletop Touchscreen Controller

If you’re already running a HomeSeer HSTouch system then pay attention. The new WFTT07 7″ WiFi-enabled tabletop touchscreen unit may be just what you’ve been looking for to control your HomeSeer home automation system.  The tablet is a free standing touchscreen that features a 800 x 480 7″ Capacitive Touchscreen and runs at Android Ice Cream Sandwich on its ARM Cortex […]

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Video: Loxone Launch Wireless Retro-Fit Home Automation Add-ons

The Loxone Home automation system has been around since 2008 and this week they have launched a brand new wireless addition to their range. The ’Loxone Air’ system employs wireless mesh technology (868MHz ) as well as bi-directional comms for acknowledgement and status. The system offers easier installation for the retro-fit market and should help to cement Loxone as […]

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ImperiHome Android Home Automation App Adds Zipabox Support

ImperiHome have announced that the latest release of their Android Home Automation app now supports the Zipato Zipabox.  That’s on top of the support for other smart home systems like Vera, Netatmo, Zibase, Eco-Devices, Sony Smartwatch 2, IP CCTV, Fortrezz Leak sensors,and the IPX800. There’s support for voice recognition and NFC Tags, a chart module and an API too. […]

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Video: Logitech Harmony Keyboard Controls Your Living Room

Logitech have just announced their new Harmony Keyboard. Aimed squarely at the living room, couch potatoes can rejoice as now there’s an easy way to search for shows, navigate menus and browse the Web on a PC or Mac connected to your TV or Internet-connected media devices, like an Apple TV, Roku, PS3 or Xbox. As with […]

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Fibaro Launch New Home Center Lite Home Automation Controller [Updated]

Building on the success of their award winning Home Center 2, Polish smart home specialist Fibaro have today announced a brand new home automation controller, the Home Center Lite. The compact unit (90 x 90 x 33 mm) employs a 720MHz Cortex A8 processor and its on-board Z-Wave radio can manage up to 230 devices. The HC Lite ships with […]

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