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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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New Wireless DIY Smart Home Alarm Features SMS Text, Apps and RFID

Response Electronics have announced a new range of smart home burglar alarms that will start shipping soon. The miGuard G5 is around £180 and brings a host of intelligent features including a built-in GSM SIM to enable remote operation (including Arm / Disarm and personalised text messages when the kids come home), touch sensitive keypads, wireless remote control, […]

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Video: New “August” Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock was announced yesterday at the All Things D conference.  The Bluetooth enabled unit is slated to begin shipping in the U.S. in Q4 at the introductory price of $199. The makers promise it retro fits to nearly any existing deadbolt in around 10 minutes and allows you to send a virtual key to anyone’s smartphone. […]

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Home Automation Case Study: Custom Controls

UK specialist Custom Controls recently undertook one of their most ambitious projects. Read on for all the photos and details… This project saw Custom Controls using and integrating just about every piece of automated control kit available including advanced audio, video, lighting and heating controls. This project covered a total area of 10,000 square meters, including […]

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