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Video Review: Amazon Echo Your Smart Home Assistant?

The new Echo is a 9 inch high tube shaped Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker coupled to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, their version of Apple’s Siri or Google Now. Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It’s always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the […]

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New Loxone Wall Speaker

Smart home specialists Loxone have augmented their Multi-room Audio range with a new Wall Speaker. The 8 Ohm 50 watt passive speaker includes 2 woofers and 1 tweeter and has a frequency response of 20 – 20,000 Hz and connects directly to the their 12 channel amp. Loxone say the 440 x 180 x 80mm speaker is perfect for retrofitters, […]

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Umbrela Has You Covered For Retro Fit Home Automation

Umbrela Smart Inc is a Canadian startup with a vision to create simpler smart home setup. Their new home automation system uses 7 inch high definition touch screens that are easily retro fitted in place of your existing wall switches. They use HomePlug Powerline technology so there’s no rewiring required. Several differnet configurations of these ‘Smart […]

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Oomi Launch Learning Home Automation System

In the works since 2013, Oomi is now ready to reveal itself to the world as it launches at CES and on Indiegogo a few hours ago. The Oomi team describe their creation as the first complete home automation system that’s focussed on learning instead of programming and claim it’s also the first to have accessories designed specifically to make it easy to […]

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Watch This: Smart Home Tech & IoT Videos from Last Weeks CES

Here’s a collecting of 14 videos we’ve pulled together featuring some of the home tech highlights from last weeks CES 2015. It was a show that will definitely be remembered for a vast array of IoT and home automation product announcements. The first video is courtesy of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) themselves and shows all the Smart Home Highlights from CES […]

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Pronto Returns with New Bluetooth to IR Gateway & Peel Smart Remote App

If you were an early adopter in the 90’s you will probably remember the Pronto line of universal remote controls with fondness. After suffering a sudden demise in 2010 the Pronto brand is back from the dead and has been re-launch at last weeks international CES in Las Vegas. This isn’t your Father’s Pronto. Rather a new […]

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LightwaveRF Reveal Range of Coordinating Smart Home Accessories

Smart Home tech specialist LightwaveRF have revealed a variety of new accessories to complement their existing products. These aren’t new RF units, but rather a range of accessories to blend in with their existing wireless home automation devices. The range includes a fan isolator switch and various 1 and 2 gang plate wall switches and sockets with and without neon indicators. […]

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Belkin to Expand WeMo Ecosystem with New Smart Home Sensors

Belkin has announced plans to expand its WeMo smart home range with 5 new sensors. WeMo’s new home sensors allow users to monitor their entire home from anywhere using a mobile device and the WeMo Link, a Wi-Fi-to-Zigbee bridge that connects the sensors to the home’s wireless network. Full pr and images follow… WeMo Door and […]

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Home Assistant – Open Source Python Home Automation Platform

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3. The software allows you to track and control devices around your home from a single, mobile-friendly, interface, and with an emphasis on privacy, none of your data is stored in the cloud. The team promise “installation in less then a minute” and powerful logic allows you to […]

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Qubino – The Smallest Z-Wave Modules in the World

Qubino Z-Wave modules are a new edition to the home automation scene from Slovenia. Qubino claim the modules are “the smallest Z-wave microcontrollers in the world” and offer a range of units including Dimmers and Relays for controlling lights, shutters and other electrical devices around your home. The units include support for connecting a digital temperature sensor […]

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