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Useful Gadget of the Week: SleepPhones Headphones for Bed

It’s not often that something soft and fluffy makes it to the gadget of the week section but bear with me. I love podcasts (I even used to make some) and I listen a lot of them in bed. I’ve used in-ear buds and my trusty wireless Sennheiser headphones, but neither are anything approaching comfortable to wear in bed. […]

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Jibo: Rise of the Social Robot

‘Otto’ the little robot logo for Automated Home has always been our ultimate symbol of the far distant smart home future. Who doesn’t want a robot, right? Now MIT Professor, Dr Cynthia Breazeal has formed a company with a team that may just bring us Otto MkI. The JIBO is billed as “The World’s First Family […]

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Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home

‘Thread’ is a new IP-based wireless networking protocol for the smart home. Nest and Samsung are Thread Group founding members along with Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM. Thread recon there needs to be a low power mesh network in your home, in addition to Wi-Fi, that allows networked devices without requiring constant […]

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Marmitek BabyView 725: Wireless Monitoring for your Digital Home

While many baby monitors have moved to work with mobile apps, Marmitek’s latest creation has opted to use it’s own touch screen monitor. The Marmitek BabyView 725 uses digital transmission to provide a secure and interference free audio and video link. The camera is mains powered while the monitor uses a rechargeable battery do it and […]

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Systemline 7 Zoned Music Integrates With KNX Home Automation

Armour Home has announced the latest addition to its custom installation portfolio, Systemline 7. S7 provides high quality audio in up to 24 separate, independent zones, offering fully integrated access to your stored music in up to 24/192 resolution, plus a wide range of network services including Spotify, Deezer, YouTube, Tune-in radio and BBC Radio iPlayer. […]

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Google I/O Keynote 2014 – Wearables and Android Everywhere

This years Google I/O keynote just finished. The next ‘L’ version of Android is going to impact users right across all aspects of their daily lives and will undoubtedly create an opportunity for a powerful monitoring and control interface for the smart home. All devices across mobile, desktop and wearables are now programmed from a single SDK. The […]

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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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OpenSprinkler Raspberry Pi and Arduino Based Open Source Irrigation

We’re well into summer now, in this hemisphere at least, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a region that gets enough sun to need it, then here’s an open source sprinkler and irrigation system just for you. OpenSprinkler is the creation of Ray Wang and  Chris Anderson (former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and now the CEO […]

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Keene IR Anywhere KIRA-CC IP Contact Closure Module with IR & RS232

The guys at Keene Electronics have an interesting new smart home controller in the works. The KIRACC Contact Closure module provides a number of ways to control your devices via your local network and across the Internet. Keene say commands can be issued simply by accessing the built in web pages via any device with a browser. […]

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Honeywell Reveal New ‘Lyric’ Smart Home Thermostat, Coming to the UK

Earlier this week Honeywell revealed its new smart home Wi-Fi thermostat in the USA. The ‘Lyric’ controls heating and cooling from its LED-illuminated ring. The built-in proximity sensor turns on the display as you approach and shows the current temperature along with the current heating or cooling status.  Its ‘halo ring’ glows orange for heating, blue for cooling and of […]

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