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Going Solar Part 1 – Installing a 4kW PV Array at the Automated Home

Having watched the price of photovoltaic solar panels steadily fall over the last few years and seeing a drop in incentives looming on the horizon, we decided to pull the trigger on a system for the Automated Home. We had visits from 3 local companies to quote for a 4kW PV system. That’s the largest single […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 3 – Safety & Security

Welcome to the third instalment of our review of the Devolo Home Control range. So far we have the starter pack up running with some additional motion detection and switching capabilities. We have tested many aspects of the myDevolo app, adding devices, creating groups, rules and scenes. We will now look at the safety and security […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 8 – A Tesla for Your Garden

After several months with the Automower it’s time to look back and take stock. But first here are a couple of things we’ve not covered yet. Running Costs & Battery Replacement The manual quotes the Husqvarna 430X Automower power consumption at 30 W during cutting and also quotes a ‘mean energy consumption at maximum use’ of 20 kWh/month in a […]

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Video: The Best Universal Remote You Can Buy

Last week Dan from The Verge proclaimed “a really good universal remote can really make your life a lot easier”, and who doesn’t want that right. Juggling a bunch of remotes when all you want to do is watch some TV is a pain in the neck. A good universal remote solves this problem for […]

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Review: UK Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell has been available direct from the USA for a while now but last month saw its official launch in the UK. The smart doorbell connects to your homes WiFi and lets you see and talk to callers at you door using your mobile phone, wether you’re in the back garden or the other […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 7 – I Messed Up

We’re getting close to the end of our Husqvarna Automower Review series. Here the latest update from the last two weeks. Secondary Area The Secondary Area operating mode is used when you have an additional part of lawn that cannot be reached from the main one. Selecting the Secondary Area menu offers three options., from the manual… […]

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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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