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Video: Loxone Launch Wireless Retro-Fit Home Automation Add-ons

The Loxone Home automation system has been around since 2008 and this week they have launched a brand new wireless addition to their range. The ’Loxone Air’ system employs wireless mesh technology (868MHz ) as well as bi-directional comms for acknowledgement and status. The system offers easier installation for the retro-fit market and should help to cement Loxone as […]

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Apple iBeacons Explained – Smart Home Occupancy Sensing Solved?

Reliable occupancy sensing has long been the bane of the home automator.  A PIR detects if someone moves, but once they sit down to watch TV they disappear.  If you are trying to switch off lights automatically in unoccupied areas then you can soon run into problems.  How many of us recognise the ‘wave your […]

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ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Ratified

The ZigBee Alliance have just ratified v1.2 of ZigBee, full PR follows… The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that an update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is […]

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Video: Unboxing the Ubiquiti UniFi Wi-Fi Access Point

Last month’s post on the Ubiquiti UniFi Wi-Fi Access Point’s we were considering for the Automated Home created a lot of interest.  So now they’ve arrived we thought we’d join all the cool kids and post a quick Vine ‘unboxing’ (shudder) video showing the included ceiling mount hardware and PoE adaptor.. ubnt.com/unifi   :   Available from linitx.com Want More? – Follow […]

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Quality Home Wi-Fi Networks with Ubiquiti UniFi

Many of us simply rely on the router from our ISP to provide our home wireless Internet access.  However for others with larger homes, thicker walls, multiple users or guest network requirements, that’s often not enough.  In addition, most routers are plugged into the master socket in our houses which can be in a location that’s far from […]

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Motorised Radiator Valve Harvests Thermal Energy for Battery Free Operation

German manufactures Micropelt are producing an intelligent thermostatic radiator valve (iTRV) that uses a thermogenerator chip to convert thermal energy (heat) into electricity.  This allows them to create a battery-free self powering unit that, in condjuction with its build in EnOcean radio, becomes part of a smart home heating control system. Check out the video below… Smart valve […]

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Control4 Announces New Wireless Lighting Control Family

Control4 have announced a new family of of wireless lighting control products.  The company says they reduce programming complexity and are ideal for both for retrofit and new build projects. The new Control4 Wireless Lighting family includes Keypads, Switches, Controllers and Dimmers.  Make sure to check out both videos below… Control4, a market leader in home automation systems, today […]

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Zipato Zipabox is Expandable Wireless Home Automation Controller

  Zipato is an all in one home automation solution from Croatia.  Out of the box it supports Z-Wave, however it’s not tied to a single smart home technology. [Update] Read our Zipato Zipabox review here. It can be expanded to support ZigBee and KNX and there’s also promised future support for Insteon plus technologies based […]

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Tethercell Brings Smartphone Control to Battery Powered Devices

Los Angeles startup Tetherboard created lots of interest at CES last month with their new remote control device.  Tethercell adopts the form factor of an AA battery and contains Bluetooth 4.0 powered electronics that allow it to make any battery powered device remote controllable. Enough space is left over to insert a AAA battery to replace power […]

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Video: DoorBot the Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Doorbell

A few weeks ago we covered a GSM doorbell system, but here’s an alternative.  DoorBot is a Wi-Fi video doorbell with an integrated infrared CCTV camera.  It’s compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and can sync to multiple devices. It runs on four AA batteries which the makers say should power it for up to […]

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