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Video: Eve & Adam Zigbee Smart Home Irrigation

This weeks smart home crowd funded candidate is ‘Eve’, an 8 or 16 zone intelligent irrigation controller. Eve communicates with its partner, the ‘Adam’, a wireless capacitive moisture and temperature sensor. The Zigbee link has a range of around 300 feet and battery life is quoted as over a year. Adam tells Eve when to […]

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Review: Transcend JetDrive 725 Upgrades Our Retina MacBook SSD to 960GB

Back in the summer of 2012 I reviewed the new 15″ Retina MacBook Pro.  It was an upgrade from my previous MacBook that had been modified to take a 1TB hard drive as well as an SSD, so while the move to an even faster SSD was great, I had to use an external USB hard drive to deal with […]

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[Sponsor] QIVICON: Smart Home standard from Germany

The German Smart Home platform QIVICON is the first cross-vendor Smart Home platform. Unlike most other systems QIVICON does not rely on just one communication protocol; it connects different wireless technologies. Users are thereby enabled to use and combine the Smart Home functions and devices of different manufacturers and are not limited to one provider […]

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mHub : An Affordable 4×4 Multiroom HDTV System

Here’s a brand new multiroom HD TV distribution system that will send 1080p to four rooms in your home. mHub from HDanywhere allows you to plug-in four HDMI input sources (think Sky HD, Blu-ray Player, Games Console, Apple TV etc) and access these at up to four HDTVs throughout your home simultaneously. The 4×4 Matrix Supports […]

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Wi-Fi & Bluetooth LE Powered emberlight Smart Light Adaptor

This weeks Kickstarter smart home offering promises to turn any light into a smart light. The ‘emberlight’ uses Wi-Fi to control your bulb from an iOS or Android smartphone app across your home and around the world through its SSL secured cloud service. It works with dimmable incandescents, halogens, CFLs and LED bulbs and will also turn your lights on and off based on […]

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Crestron Launches Enhanced LED Fixtures Range

Here’s the skinny from Crestron on their new range of LED lighting fixtures… Crestron has announced the latest enhancements to their line of LEDs. The new, condensed range consisting of six fixtures is now available to order across the EMEA region. All Crestron LEDs (CLEDs) replicate the smooth dimming curve, colour temperature and lumen output […]

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SwiidInter Cord Switch Converts Any Lamp to Z-Wave

The makers of the new ‘SwiidInter’ claim it’s the first remote controlled cord switch which can be used manually like any classic switch and also be activated remotely via your Z-Wave home automation network. We got our hands on a pre-production sample of the Swiid Cord Switch - see our quick Vine video below – and it’s […]

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HD Digital RF Modulator Creates “FreeView Channel” from HDMI Source

The Antiference DMHD01 is configurable as a DVB-T or DVB-C modulator or as an IP streamer for use in IPTV systems for multicast streaming. It will take an HDMI source, encode it as a digital high definition channel and transmit it over your Coax just like a FreeView channel. Ideal for taking say your SkyHD or your […]

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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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