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Video: Elon Musk Reveals Tesla Powerwall 2 & Solar Roof Tiles

Elon Musk took to the stage in the early hours of this morning, UK time, to reveal a new Tesla Powerwall 2 with 14kWh of storage and a peak output of 7kW for $5,500. Musk also announced the commercial product Powerpack 2 with 210kWh storage with a peak output of 50kW.  To transition to an […]

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Review: Elgato Eve Energy Brings UK Apple HomeKit Socket

At last there’s a UK HomeKit socket module available. But is it any good? We plug in an Elgato Eve Energy at the Automated Home to find out. Setting up the Eve is really simple, the iOS app even uses your camera to read the serial number and pair the device. Everything was up and running very […]

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Bargain: Mpow Mini LCD Portable Multimedia Projector (with Discount Code!)

Very few people consider setting up a projector for their house. We’ve had one on the ceiling of the AV Room in the Automated Home since 1999. Back then it was a 50 kilo CRT monster, these days its a much more svelte LCD affair. We’ve toyed with adding projectors in other rooms around the house […]

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What’s the Future for SmartThings in the UK?

Apart from buying direct from Samsung, the SmartThings system has been exclusively available from Currys in the UK. Stock availability has been frustratingly bad at times, especially during special offer periods and despite promises from ST staff on their forums, nothing much has changed. Today that exclusive deal ends as SmartThings becomes availabe from Amazon UK. However, most items have […]

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Going Solar Part 2 – Costs, Incentives & Payback Time

Last month we Installed a 4kW Solar Array at the Automated Home. The first thing everyone asks is how much it cost and what the payback time is. While the finances may not be your only motivation for installing solar they are important and there are several figures that feed into the equation. While some are guesstimates others are more certain. Here […]

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UK Smart Home Doorbell ‘Ding’ Launches on Kickstarter

We met UK startup team John Nussey and Avril O’Neil back in April at the Gadget Show live. This morning they’ve launched their new smart doorbell on Kickstarter. Now ready for crowdfunding, the Ding Smart Doorbell is made up of three parts, a battery or hard wired doorbell button, a doorbell chime that sits inside your home and a free […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 4 – Smart Home Heating

Welcome to the fourth part in our Devolo Home Control system. In this instalment we are going to review the heating control components, a TRV replacement actuator and a wall mounted thermostat. This area of application should be one of the easier ones to justify in a smart home. It can increase your comfort levels […]

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Video: Google Home Smart Hub Plus Google WiFi Router

Google Home has the Amazon Echo in its sights. It’s a $129 voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant and you ask it questions that start with, “Ok Google”. Introducing Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to […]

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New Loxone Glass ‘Touch Pure’ Makes Smart Home Lighting Stylish

Loxone say their new Touch Pure glass smart switch combines sleek design with effortless lighting control… Add stylish lighting to your home with Loxone’s new ‘Touch Pure’ luxury touch switch. Designed and crafted by glass artisans, this stunning smart switch combines interior design elegance with ground-breaking technology, providing effortless control of your home’s lighting, blinds, […]

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[Sponsor] Open Source Automation the Secret to Smarter Buildings

Modern buildings have made use of linear actuators during the automation process. The demand for smarter buildings is increasing steadily hence people are coming up with innovations to take advantage of the new market. Whenever individuals come up with innovation, the first thing they are likely to do is to license it or even start […]

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