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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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Yale Launch ‘Keyfree Connected’ Z-Wave Smart Lock in UK

When we talked to Z-Wave last year one of the most interesting pieces of information that came out of the interview was the fact that their top selling products are door locks. Now Yale have brought their popular US smart locks to the UK and they claim their ‘Keyfree Connected’ is the first UK specific smart lock to be […]

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Review: Jabra Revo Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Wow, headphones, where do I start. I seem to have some weird fixation with them and I own quite a few pairs. I have my cheap in-ears that I use for on lawn-mower podcast listening, my insomnia curing SleepPhones and some huge old proprietary wireless Sonys for late night spouse-friendly TV listening duties. Up until a few months ago […]

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Z-Wave Greenwave Extension Lead Has 5 Addressable Sockets

New in at Vesternet is the Greenwave Z-wave PowerNode, a mains socket extension board with 5 sockets that are individually addressable for your home automation projects. The Greenwave 5 Port PowerNode is the only Z-Wave Multi-Socket (extension lead) available that allows you to control multiple electrical appliance on/off and measure their power consumption. Each of it’s […]

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New Android Phone and Tablet Apps for Comfort

Cytech Technology has released version 1.4 of the Android Tablet and Phones apps for their Comfort system. This allows users to control their Comfort integrated Alarm and Automation system from anywhere in the world. Features Connect to multiple Comfort systems Arm & Disarm Security System using user codes See the state of doors, windows & motion sensors in real […]

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Broadcom WICED Platform Offers Full Apple HomeKit Support

Broadcom have announced that its ‘Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices’ (WICED) software development kit now offers full HomeKit support. Broadcom claim to be the first company to meet Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework technical specifications for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart. The WICED platform can also be used to bridge non-HomeKit devices to its network. This allows a […]

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