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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 8 – A Tesla for Your Garden

After several months with the Automower it’s time to look back and take stock. But first here are a couple of things we’ve not covered yet. Running Costs & Battery Replacement The manual quotes the Husqvarna 430X Automower power consumption at 30 W during cutting and also quotes a ‘mean energy consumption at maximum use’ of 20 kWh/month in a […]

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LinkDesk Room Locator: Next Gen Bluetooth Motion Detector

Today, LinkDesk have released their new ‘Room Locator’ in the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Room Locator is a small battery powered wireless Bluetooth device for Apple iPhone and iPad that triggers smart home devices when a room is entered or left. Unlike previous indoor location systems such as Apple iBeacon or Google Eddystone, LinkDesk goes one […]

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Review: UK Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell has been available direct from the USA for a while now but last month saw its official launch in the UK. The smart doorbell connects to your homes WiFi and lets you see and talk to callers at you door using your mobile phone, wether you’re in the back garden or the other […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 8 Way Mains Socket with 4 x USB Charging Ports

Here’s a neat vertical extension block of 8 mains sockets plus 4 USB charging ports. Available in a range of colours that make it equally at home in a kitchen or man cave. The Safemore unit features… 8 Overload-protected outlets include SAFE DOOR which will protect children from getting an electric shock 4 Universal USB ports with auto-adjust […]

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Video: EVE Connect Links Your Smart Home With Your Smart Car

As more people prepare to get their hands on a Telsa via the Model 3, here’s a software platform that links your your smart car with your smart home. EVE Connect is described as “the most advanced connect home / connected car solution available” and it can talk to a range of home automation hardware […]

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Mini Review: Oculus Rift – Game Changing Hardware That Takes Me To The Track

I’m writing this the night after my first real experience of VR and my mind is blown. I’ve done the whole Google Cardboard and Gear VR thing before, but Oculus Rift is a very different animal. I have been looking forward to moving my sim racing rig into the virtual reality world for a couple of […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 2 – Motion Detection and Switching

Building on the Starter pack it is natural to extend the scope of the system by adding some additional devices and Devolo have provided a good range of options. Motion detection One of the next most obvious additions is the Motion Detector (Art No: 9503) that costs around £50. The first thing that strikes us is […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 1 – Starter Pack

Interested in having a ‘smart home’? Want to do more than just switch a few lights on and off? Want to save energy and cut down on your electric and fuel bills? Want a higher level of convenience and security for your home? Well Devolo think they might have the answer and it’s called Home […]

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Wi-Fi Motion Detecting Electric Radiators Learn When You’re Coming Home

Yorkshire based e-tailer Electric Radiators Direct have announced the release of the all new Haverland Smartwave – an intelligent electric WiFi radiator range which uses “advanced motion sensor technology” in order to learn your weekly routine to control your heating and conserve energy. We asked them how the system learns and operates and they told us… […]

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SMA Sunny Home Manager Maximises Self Consumption for Solar PV Owners

Exporting the unused energy produced on domestic Solar PV systems is a bad idea. The current rate in our area is only around £0.03 per kWh and some countries are removing export tariffs completely, It’s much better then to use every ounce of your home made energy yourself and well known German manufacturer SMA has a […]

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