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Aeotec’s New Z-Wave MultiSensor 6

Aeon Labs new Z-Wave 6-in-1 sensor is a mini marvel. It can detect motion, temperature, light, humidity, vibration and Ultraviolet. With its tapered 42 mm body, the MultiSensor 6 is 70% smaller than its predecessor and it works for up to 2 years before you need to change the two CR123A batteries. The new unit also employs its vibration […]

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Video: Meet Nest Cam and the New Nest Protect

Nest’s latest announcements were far from earth shattering but here’s a couple of quick videos to introduce you to the latest versions of their smart home devices. Nest Cam This is the first Nest branded camera since the company acquired Dropcam last summer. The Nest Cam has full high-definition (1080p) video quality, a new stand design for […]

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Giveaway: Inateck Bluetooth BTSP-10 Plus – Small Speaker, Big Sound

To celebrate the launch of the BTSP-10 Plus Bluetooth speaker, inateck have sent us one to give away. This Bluetooth speaker is small enough to pack in any bag (16.5 cms x 5 cms x 6 cms) but big enough to fill a room with sound. Incorporating a beefy 2100 mAh built-in rechargeable battery, the BTSP-10 will run until the sun comes […]

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5 HomeKit Compatible Devices to Start Your Home Automation System

If you’re thinking of dipping your toe into the world of home automation and you’re an iOS user then these HomeKit compatible devices may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Apple announced HomeKit over a year ago but at last hardware is now starting to appear that supports their smart home framework. This Apple […]

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Our Cheatsheet of All the News from Apple WWDC Keynote

Apple’s 2015 WWDC keynote has just finished. HomeKit ‘has been taking off’ and Apple are adding support for window shades (blinds) plus ‘all types of sensors’ and security systems. Plus you can control your home no matter where you are now too (with an Apple TV). Home control information is coming to Apple Watch ‘complications’ […]

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Will The Cloud be the Integrator in the Sky to Save Home Automation?

A few weeks ago Amazon added support for the WeMo and Philips Hue lights to their Echo home speaker. Suddenly people who had the Amazon device plus the lighting products in their home could say things like, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights” and it would just work. Two disparate systems suddenly talking to each other, literally in this case, with […]

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The ULE Alliance On Ultra Low Energy Home Automation

When the Ultra Low Energy Alliance got in touch with us we were intrigued. So we asked them to tell us more about this standard that uses DECT frequencies (1,880-1,900 MHz) for home automation… Earlier this year, the ULE Alliance introduced a certification programme for products based on the new Ultra Low Energy standard (ULE). A wide range of companies […]

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Honeywell Reveal New Wi-Fi Version of evohome Smart Heating Controller

Honeywell has revealed its new version of evohome, integrating Wi-Fi connectivity into their intelligent heating system to simplify its setup. The new WiFi version does away with the need for the Gateway of the original version, the box that needed to be connected to your Router during installation. Honeywell say the new evohome Wi-Fi has also […]

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Video: The Tiny Ubiquiti Networks UniFi IP CCTV Video Camera Micro

Here’s a new micro sized IP CCTV Camera, the tiny UniFi Video Camera Micro records 720p HD video indoors, day or night. The UVC Micro is part of the UniFi Video surveillance management system. It’s about the size of a golf ball and mounts anywhere with its versatile 3-axis magnetic base. The Micro streams video via […]

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Dropcam IP CCTV Catches Dad of the Year on Video

Here’s a quick video ‘catching’ dad of the year. It’s one of several clips released from the Nest acquired range of Dropcam IP CCTV cameras. Check out some of the other videos below including all the usual home video capers like rolled cars, parcel thefts, encounters with wildlife and of course some comedy pets. Time for some CCTV at […]

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