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My Belfast Test Drive in a Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous

If you’re a regular Automated Home reader you’ll have noticed a few electric car stories creeping in over the last couple of years along with more Tesla coverage (including their Powerwall) too. I got a quick indoor passenger run in a Model S earlier this year while at the Gadget Show Live at the NEC and […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 6 – Stolen?

So far living with the Husqvarna Automower has been an overwhelmingly positive experience as I think you’ll agree if you’ve watched all the previous videos. However one aspect of ownership gives me cause for concern. Lawn Mower Lifters The whole idea of an autonomous robotic lawnmower is that it roams around your garden on its own. It’s pretty […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 5 – Rain or Shine

Normal service has been resumed at the Automated Home in terms of summer weather. After a couple of fine weeks in May, June ended cold wet and windy. Rain or Shine However in the week that Wimbledon started, rain has not stopped play as far as mowing the lawn goes. The Automower doesn’t care if it’s […]

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Mini Review: Oculus Rift – Game Changing Hardware That Takes Me To The Track

I’m writing this the night after my first real experience of VR and my mind is blown. I’ve done the whole Google Cardboard and Gear VR thing before, but Oculus Rift is a very different animal. I have been looking forward to moving my sim racing rig into the virtual reality world for a couple of […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 4 – Connect Control

Automower ‘Connect’ is Husqvarna’s name for their smartphone interface to the mower. The hardware is fitted as standard on the range topping 450X, but it’s an add-on you’ll have to pay for if you own a 430X, 420, 330X or 320. Additionally, installing the Connect module is not a DIY job, requiring a trip back to your dealer […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 2 – Motion Detection and Switching

Building on the Starter pack it is natural to extend the scope of the system by adding some additional devices and Devolo have provided a good range of options. Motion detection One of the next most obvious additions is the Motion Detector (Art No: 9503) that costs around £50. The first thing that strikes us is […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 3 – Perfect Timing

So after Installing the Automower followed by a Few Weeks of Intensive Cutting it was time to throttle back and let Elon take it a little bit easier. The machine ships in 24/7 mode and you need to manually turn on the timer to start scheduling your cut. You probably want to mow when the lawn is not […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 1 – Starter Pack

Interested in having a ‘smart home’? Want to do more than just switch a few lights on and off? Want to save energy and cut down on your electric and fuel bills? Want a higher level of convenience and security for your home? Well Devolo think they might have the answer and it’s called Home […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 2 –The First Cut is the Deepest

Last time we left the mower driving off its charging dock to calibrate itself then set about its first cut (if you haven’t already, then check out Part One). Before the robot arrived our lawn was freshly mowed using our faithful Rider 15T, our second Husqvarna ride-on mower and one that’s been supremely capable, reliable and a pleasure […]

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Efergy Engage Hub Monitors Home Energy Consumption & PV Solar Generation Online

We all know the story, you need to be able to measure something before you can set about implementing changes. It’s no different for your home’s power consumption, so lets get measuring and saving. There are plenty of home energy monitors around but the engage hub kit from UK based Efergy is a little different. Instead of a […]

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