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Loxone Integrates Your Electric Car With Your Home Automation System

  From today Loxone are offering the KEBA KeContact P20 electric car charger. The wall box can be integrated with the Loxone system (including a PV system) to offer an intelligent e-car charging solution. The Miniserver is able to collect all the data about charging necessary to qualify for the government’s homecharge grant (up to £700) and […]

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Tidy TV Installs with these VESA Mount Breadboard Trays

We’re all looking for a neat finish when installing our smart home systems (checkout #liveinstall for some great photos). Here’s a useful range of mounts to allow you to securely attach all those streaming pucks and baluns to the back of your TV using its VESA mount. The powder coated steel CMP-1 easily attaches to the rear of the […]

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Watch This: Mat Smith’s DIY Arduino Home Automation Control Panel

Back in January we checked in with Mat Smith on the progress of his home brew control panel. Now after a year in development Mat has his first fully assembled unit. The feature packed home automation controller includes proximity sensing and uses MQTT messages to communicate with his openHAB server. This currently allows him to control music, temperature and his LightwaveRF […]

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[Sponsor] Schneider Electric Marries Style and Functionality with Next Generation of Wall Switches

Schneider Electric’s new Saturn eDLT range builds on the success of the C-Bus DLT switch by taking it to a whole new level of sophistication, by allowing the user to control 16 devices by scrolling multiple pages with one sleek switch. With enhanced colour, control and functionality options, the Saturn eDLT range offers a huge […]

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Popp Z-Weather is World’s First Solar Powered Wireless Z-Wave Weather Station

Z-Wave Europe revealed their new smart home weather station early this year and now it’s shipping under the Popp brand. With its solar power the makers claim Z-Weather is the first Z-Wave device that is self-sufficient without the need for any external power. Its integrated management system ensures that there is always sufficient energy available to report emergency weather conditions as well as twilight […]

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Aeotec’s New Z-Wave MultiSensor 6

Aeon Labs new Z-Wave 6-in-1 sensor is a mini marvel. It can detect motion, temperature, light, humidity, vibration and Ultraviolet. With its tapered 42 mm body, the MultiSensor 6 is 70% smaller than its predecessor and it works for up to 2 years before you need to change the two CR123A batteries. The new unit also employs its vibration […]

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Video: Meet Nest Cam and the New Nest Protect

Nest’s latest announcements were far from earth shattering but here’s a couple of quick videos to introduce you to the latest versions of their smart home devices. Nest Cam This is the first Nest branded camera since the company acquired Dropcam last summer. The Nest Cam has full high-definition (1080p) video quality, a new stand design for […]

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Giveaway: Inateck Bluetooth BTSP-10 Plus – Small Speaker, Big Sound

To celebrate the launch of the BTSP-10 Plus Bluetooth speaker, inateck have sent us one to give away. This Bluetooth speaker is small enough to pack in any bag (16.5 cms x 5 cms x 6 cms) but big enough to fill a room with sound. Incorporating a beefy 2100 mAh built-in rechargeable battery, the BTSP-10 will run until the sun comes […]

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5 HomeKit Compatible Devices to Start Your Home Automation System

If you’re thinking of dipping your toe into the world of home automation and you’re an iOS user then these HomeKit compatible devices may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Apple announced HomeKit over a year ago but at last hardware is now starting to appear that supports their smart home framework. This Apple […]

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Our Cheatsheet of All the News from Apple WWDC Keynote

Apple’s 2015 WWDC keynote has just finished. HomeKit ‘has been taking off’ and Apple are adding support for window shades (blinds) plus ‘all types of sensors’ and security systems. Plus you can control your home no matter where you are now too (with an Apple TV). Home control information is coming to Apple Watch ‘complications’ […]

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