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Opinion: Is the Tesla Model 3 the Tipping Point for the EV

Last year Tesla announced the Powerwall, a smart home battery mainly aimed at storing the energy from your renewables to use when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Better know for their cars though, Tesla’s electric vehicle master plan has always been a three pronged attack. First, the low volume, high priced Roadster. […]

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Fibaro Swipe Brings Z-Wave Gesture Control to your Smart Home

We got our hands on the new Fibaro Swipe for the first time at the Gadget Show Live last weekend. The device looks like a regular photo frame, but behind the picture of your choice lies some gesture detecting smarts plus a Z-Wave Plus radio. Now a wave of your hand can trigger any number of responses from your […]

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Video: Smart Home Tech to Live Smarter, Cooler, Better

Here’s a couple of quick videos from last weekends Gadget Show Live in the NEC, Birmingham David McClelland and John Mason present “Live Smarter, Cooler, Better” and show some of the latest smart home and entertainment tech. gadgetshowlive.net  :  New Smart Home Gear Want More? – Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, or subscribe to our RSS feed. You can […]

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Aeotec Door Window Sensor 6 is Minimal Z-Wave Plus Device from Aeon Labs

The new Aeotec Door / Window Sensor 6 is a Z-Wave Plus sensor from Aeon Labs that’s designed with a minimal look to fade into the background, rather than stick out like a sore thumb. To aid with that the 9 x 72 mm ABS plastic body has been designed to be painted so you can colour it to blend […]

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Remotec ZRC-90 is Removable Wall Mount Z-Wave Scene Controller

The ZRC-90 from Remotec is a new Z-Wave Scene Controller. Its 8 buttons can be used to trigger actions and scenes in your central Z-Wave controller. The unit comes with a wall mount bracket and its battery power means it can be sited almost anywhere around your home (2 x AAA batteries give ~ 1 year […]

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BMW i & Loxone Team Up for Solar Powered Smart Home Charging

I went on a day trip to the Geneva Motor Show last weekend. There was some fab metal on display (here are some photos of my favs). Unsurprisingly there were many new electric vehicles at the show. Plenty I’d never heard of too like the Quantino (the yellow car in photo 13). In an announcement of interest to electric […]

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Exclusive Interview: The ZigBee Alliance on v3.0, The IoT & Affordable Sensors

ZigBee is the technology behind the SmartThings Hub, Philips Hue Lighting and many other home automation modules and sensors. We asked Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development at the ZigBee Alliance to tell us about their latest standard and what the chances are for cheaper devices… Hi Mark, can you sum up what the ZigBee Alliance is in […]

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SmartThings UK – Supported Hardware Plus the Hacks to Add More

“Log door openings to a spreadsheet”. And you thought you were a geek. Samsungs SmartThings system has been available in the UK for several months now and the current list of compatible hardware for the UK hub isn’t bad at all, and a big part of its success. But the eco-system is already growing fast and users want […]

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Video: Still Don’t Believe Skynet Will Be a Thing?

Many of us dream of a friendly domestic robot helping with the housework around the smarthome. Here’s a video of one of the latest (and scariest) anthropomorphic robots from Google owned, Boston Dynamics. A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and […]

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Loxone Motion Sensor Air is Wireless PIR for Your Smart Home

Austrian smart home specialists Loxone continue to expand their wireless range of modules with this new Motion Sensor Air The 360° device can wirelessly sense presence in your home, detecting motion and brightness. It can be powered by a 24V DC power supply or by battery (up to 2 years) for true place-it-anywhere wireless freedom. It provides information for useful […]

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