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Review: Lilin LR7424 1080p HD IP CCTV Camera

We’re all becoming used to seeing great HD images on our TVs these days, so more than ever before, home CCTV can be pretty jarring to look at. With this in mind we started to investigate the HD IP camera world.  It’s a new name to us, but the Lilin LR7424 Day & Night 1080P HD […]

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Watch This: Hak5 Talks Home Automation Security at DefCon 22

In this recent video the Hak5 team discuss home automation security at DEF CON 22 from Las Vegas. Shannon Morse interviews Chris Littlebury from the Knowledge Consulting Group, talking about defending against the vulnerabilities inherent in a lot of recent home automation systems that seem to rush to market ever faster. Chris talks about LIFX, WeMo, Philips Hue […]

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smanos Launch Wi-Fi and GSM Smart Home Alarm Systems

smanos is a brand new name in the smart home world. The company say they are rapidly expanding their global footprint, with products and systems R&D’d in Fuzhou and Taipei, designed and engineered in Amsterdam and manufactured in Shenzhen. The company has an interesting range of smart home alarm systems available for the UK and Europe including the […]

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IOActive Reports Multiple Vulnerabilities in Belkin WeMo Home Automation Modules [Updated]

IOActive are reporting multiple vulnerabilities in Belkin’s WeMo range of Home Automation devices.  So far Belkin have been silent on the matter but CERT has now publishing its own advisory listing the security flaws. Is this an over-reaction to a one in a million chance of someone being able to hack your lights?  Or is it just the thin end […]

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Video: Garageio Controls Your Garage Door From Your Smartphone

Ohio based Alottazs Labs have a new system for home owners that want to operate their electric garage doors from their smartphone. The ‘Garageio’ system consists of the BlackBox hardware Wi-Fi interface and a free iOS / Android app (Windows Phone coming).  Compatible with a large list of garage door opener manufacturers and models, the system allows you to […]

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SkyBell Interview: A Look at the Wi-Fi Doorbell with CCTV & Motion Detection

SkyBell (formerly iDoorCam) has come up with a product that has captured the imagination of many people, as last month they blew past their crowd funding target on Indiegogo to raise over half a million dollars. The little metal roundel is a straight swap out for your regular old 20th century doorbell and provides a CCTV […]

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Video: Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Door Lock Controlled from your Smartphone

The Kevo deadbolt from Kwikset uses Bluetooth Low Energy and an app for your smartphone to allow you to unlock your door just by touching it.  The Kevo smart lock package includes one deadbolt, one fob, two mechanical keys and two smartphone eKeys available for download. The deadbolt comes in three finishes including Satin Nickel, Venetian […]

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Video: “Piper” Home Security and Automation

The explosion of smartphone and tablet controlled home automation devices continues with the introduction of “Piper”. Blacksumac are the Canadian company behind the unit thats runs Linix on an ARM CPU and combines a digital pan-tilt-zoom panoramic HD video camera with a Z-Wave radio for smart home control.  Also on board are sensors for temperature, humidity, ambient […]

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Video: Canary Smart Home Security Device

Oh how we love the shiny new home automation gadgets that appear on an almost weekly basis from the crowd funding websites.  This time it’s a smart home security device called Canary. The makers say home security today is way too expensive or complicated (or both) and promise to completely simplify the connection to your home […]

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Goji Smart Lock Includes Built-in Camera to Snap Callers at your Door

The Goji Smart Lock is the latest smart home project looking for your crowd sourced funding on Indiegogo.  The system uses buetooth to operate from your smartphone and it’s built in camera sends you a picture of who’s at your door. You can send electronic keys to friends with a text or an email, and […]

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