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KickStarter: Lucid Labs Cipher USB to DMX Lighting Interfaces

-+*Here’s a new Kickstarter campagin to launch a simple to use USB to DMX lighting interface that works with free software allowing you to easily control DMX lighting systems. Two different Cipher Models will be available on kickstarter: the Cipher Lite and Cipher Pro. Both models allow the same precise control of a full 512 channel […]

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Competition: Win the Efergy Ego Smart Wi-Fi Socket

-+*The Efergy Ego Smart Wi-Fi Socket can remotely control appliances from your smartphone whilst monitoring and logging the energy they use. Here’s your chance to win one of the £40 units… Ego uses a cloud in order to store your data and controls your home through a router and ego smart sockets. You can easily tap into the data […]

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Powerline Pro T1501 Mains Socket with WiFi, Ethernet & USB Charger

-+*Back in 2012 we covered these sockets from Power Ethernet. Now here’s a new all-singing, all-dancing version from the same company, that manages to pack in even more tech for your smart home, whilst adding a second socket to the mix. The Powerline Pro T1501 is a UK mains wall socket with built-in WiFi, Ethernet and USB charger […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Inateck BR1001 Bluetooth Receiver

-+*Inateck sent us one of these little Bluetooth receivers to check out and it could just be the gadget you’re looking for to breath new life into your old HiFi or have your headphones in less of a tangle. The Inateck BR1001 is a tiny 4cm square Bluetooth 3.0 receiver. It ships with a nice short 10cm Micro USB charging […]

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Video: New Philips Hue Go Portable ZigBee Light

-+*Philips have announced the latest addition to their ZigBee controlled smart home lighting range. The Hue Go (Hugo?) is a lamp that can be detached from its mains charger to be taken anywhere around your home, inside or out. It takes around an hour and a half to charge and that will provide you with up to 3 hours […]

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Exclusive: The ‘Flow Energy’ Boiler That Heats & Makes Electricity Too

-+*When the guys from Flow Energy got in touch we were intrigued by their patented MicroCHP (combined heat and power) central heating boiler that makes electricity while heating your home. We asked Flow’s CEO, Tony Stiff, to tell us a bit more about the technology and where he sees smart home micro generation heading in the next […]

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New Loxone Wireless Temperature & Humidity Sensor Air

-+*Loxone continue to expand their wireless range with a new sensor that connects to the Miniserver Go or the Air Base Extension. The retro-fit friendly unit houses a capacitive humidity sensor plus a bandgap temperature sensor. It runs on 2 x AAA batteries and so can be screw mounted or even stuck using adhesive strips to almost any wall. As well […]

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[Sponsor] D-Link’s complete, affordable, easy, SMART home automation products

-+*Control appliances from afar You’re 5 minutes into your journey and you get that nagging feeling you may have left the iron on! At the click of a button you can turn it off using your smartphone. Introducing mydlink Home automation products, you can take control from afar! You can easily trigger certain actions to […]

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tado° Gets Its IoT On With New IFTTT Channel & API

-+*tado° has today announced a partnership with the web’s home automation controller in the sky, IFTTT (If This Then That). tado° users will soon be able to connect their tado° Smart Thermostat to other appliances via IFTTT. This will enable the use of the tado° geolocation feature for purposes other than smart heating or cooling. […]

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Marvell’s New IoT SDK for Apple HomeKit

-+*Marvell has announced a new SDK for Apple’s Home Automation framework, HomeKit. Marvell’s SDK for HomeKit is available on its EZ-Connect™ IoT Platform, including Marvell’s 88MC200 microcontroller and advanced Avastar® 88W801 Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC). The SDK is already being used by several hardware manufacturers and paves the way for the first HomeKit accessories to be brought […]

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