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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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LIFX is Amazing New WiFi IP LED Multi-Colour Light Bulb

Kickstarter is always throwing up cool tech these days and this is no exception.  LIFX is a WiFi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you control with a free app from your iPhone or Android device. The system can address bulbs individually or as a group and they can even be used to flash as […]

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Marmitek BoomBoom 560 Bluetooth Headphones Review

Over the ear headphones seem to be all the rage again these days.  While the new Marmitek BoomBoom 560 Bluetooth headphones may lack the street cred of having that red ‘b’ on the side they’re certainly worth considering if you’re in the market for some wireless cans. What’s in the Box – Open the packaging […]

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Netatmo Launch Personal Weather Station for iOS iPhone and iPad

French start-up Netatmo have just launched a new personal weather station for your iPhone or iPad.  The system comprises of a mains/usb powered indoor station and an outdoor battery powered module all communicating wirelessly via Wi-Fi to the free iOS app.  Netatmo provide a subscription-free cloud service to hold your historical data and they aim […]

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Belkin WeMo Home Automation Modules to Hit UK this Year

The new Belkin WeMo home automation range has been making waves in the USA since its launch earlier this year and even IFTTT has got in on the act make a WeMo channel for some nice smart home ‘recipes’. We reached out to Belkin Europe to ask about their plans for a British version and […]

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New RFXCOM USB RFXtrx433 Transceiver Supports LightwaveRF

RFXCOM have announced their new USB 433.92MHz home automation transceiver – the RFXtrx433.  This device has replaced the USB receiver and USB transmitter and has flash memory so that new protocols can be added in the future. It already supports a few protocols that were not available with the previous RFXCOM, such as Mertik Maxitrol […]

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Phantom Bluetooth Keyless Home Entry System

Phantom Bluetooth Keyless Home Entry System

Here’s some car technology headed to the smart home. This $200 system from Phantom brings keyless entry to your house using any Bluetooth equipped mobile phone.  As you approach your home the system authenticates you and unlocks your property.  Check out the installation video after the jump… “The Phantom Smart Home Hands-free Keyless Home Entry […]

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