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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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ZigBee Alliance Debuts Battery-Free Option With New Green Power Feature

This morning the ZigBee Alliance have announced GreenPower, a new optional feature of the ZigBee PRO standard.  The new technology will allow wireless products, including switches and dimmers, to now be powered by energy harvesting devices rather than use traditional battery or mains power. SAN RAMON, Calif. – Dec. 19, 2012 – The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless […]

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New LightwaveRF Video Explains Home Automation Range

The guys at JSJS Designs have just released this new 17 minute video.  It’s a great introduction to the LightwaveRF home automation range covering lighting, mood / scene switches, mains sockets for appliances, heating control, radiator valves and controlling it all from your smartphone.   Check out the full range of LightwaveRF modules on Amazon Want More? – Follow […]

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Spark Wi-Fi Adaptor Brings Internet and App Control to your Lights

Here’s another Kickstarter project to control your lighting. Spark is a Wi-Fi adaptor that fits between a light socket and the bulb (incandescent, dimmable CFL, or dimmable LED). With Internet connectivity and an API Spark promise interesting things to come from 3rd party App developers as well as their own free Apps for iOS and Android.  The […]

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Video : Transform Your Home into a Smart Home with Lightwave

Here’s a new video from LightwaveRF that gives a nice overview of their growing range of home automation products – including their new wireless radiator valves… Lightwave is a range of intelligent dimmers, radiator controls, sockets and sensors that are just that little bit smarter. While they look and work just like ordinary dimmers, controls […]

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