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Video: Google Home Review

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. You can use it to control smart home systems like Nest and Philips Hue with your voice. Marques Brownlee takes a quick look at the device that’s got its eyes firmly fixed on the Amazon Echo… madeby.google.com/home Want More? – Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, or subscribe to our RSS feed. […]

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Crestron Introduces New Generation of TSW Touch Screens

Crestron are now shipping their new TSW-560, TSW-760, and TSW-1060 touch screens promising powerful software features (including Sonos integration) along with beautiful hardware with PoE for easy installations… Crestron, the global leader in luxury home automation technology, is now shipping the new generation of their award-winning line of TSW touch screens. The TSW-560, TSW-760, and TSW 1060 […]

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Energenie MiHome Adds ‘Works with Alexa’ Amazon Echo Support to Nest & IFTTT

We sat down with Energenie’s Business Development Manager, Adam Smith a few weeks ago for a good chat on where the UK smart home company is headed. Two Tribes The Energenie system uses 2 carriers with their implementation of the OpenThings protocol. On-off keying (OOK) is used in the basic modules which keeps prices incredibly keen. For example […]

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The Best Mac Home Automation Platform Gets Even Better with Indigo v7 Release

The guys at Indigo Domotics have been working hard for more than a year on their latest release and earlier this week they launched v7. Indigo 7 has dropped the ‘Lite’ option as it goes all ‘Pro’. The developers have clearly identified that the strength of the system is in its ability to integrate a variety of evolving smart […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: AUKEY PB-T10 20,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 USB Battery Charger

Aukey sent us their new PB-T10 PowerAll External Battery Charger and with several family members that can run a smartphone flat before lunch time, there were no shortage of volunteers to take it for a test drive. The PB-T10 is one of the larger USB batteries available at a 20,000mAh. That’s good enough ti fully charge an iPhone […]

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Review: Appkettle – The World’s Smartest Kettle Connects to the Cloud via Wi-Fi

These days the strangest things have WiFi. So when the AppKettle turned up at the Automated Home we wondered if we really needed a Kettle that connected to the Cloud? Setup The UK developed AppKettle is a handsome device with its brushed stainless steel body, a glass water window and an LED display. Setup is a simple process. […]

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Video: iTouch Energy Show Off Clever Solar Vertical Blinds and Shutters

Northern Ireland startup iTouch Energy have been developing an innovative solar blind for several years now… Our mission is to bring Sustainable Energy and Smart Home Technology into homes and offices through the vertical window space of high-rise buildings, especially in metropolitan cities where roof top solar panels solution is not viable. Just last month the […]

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Video: Elon Musk Reveals Tesla Powerwall 2 & Solar Roof Tiles

Elon Musk took to the stage in the early hours of this morning, UK time, to reveal a new Tesla Powerwall 2 with 14kWh of storage and a peak output of 7kW for $5,500. Musk also announced the commercial product Powerpack 2 with 210kWh storage with a peak output of 50kW.  To transition to an […]

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UK Smart Home Doorbell ‘Ding’ Launches on Kickstarter

We met UK startup team John Nussey and Avril O’Neil back in April at the Gadget Show live. This morning they’ve launched their new smart doorbell on Kickstarter. Now ready for crowdfunding, the Ding Smart Doorbell is made up of three parts, a battery or hard wired doorbell button, a doorbell chime that sits inside your home and a free […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 4 – Smart Home Heating

Welcome to the fourth part in our Devolo Home Control system. In this instalment we are going to review the heating control components, a TRV replacement actuator and a wall mounted thermostat. This area of application should be one of the easier ones to justify in a smart home. It can increase your comfort levels […]

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