Google I/O Keynote 2014 – Wearables and Android Everywhere

This years Google I/O keynote just finished. The next ‘L’ version of Android is going to impact users right across all aspects of their daily lives and will undoubtedly create an opportunity for a powerful monitoring and control interface for the smart home. All devices across mobile, desktop and wearables are now programmed from a single SDK. The […]

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Video: Nest Developer Program Integrates IFTTT, Jawbone, LIFX, Mercedes & More

Last week Nest acquired Dropcam and this week their march to become a smart home platform to be reconed with continues. The Nest Developer Program has announced its first partnerships, using its API to integrate with IFTTT, Jawbone, LIFX, Mercedes, Whirlpool and others. Matt Rogers, Founder and VP of Engineering at Nest covers some of the […]

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My Automated Home: Heat Genius Smart Home Heating Controls

This months ‘My Automated Home’ feature follows Johannes Jensson’s compressive review of his Heat Genius installation… Nobody has escaped the rapid rise of gas and electricity prices over the last 5 years. I had a feeling that my cash was really going up in smoke and I needed a permanent way to reduce my heating cost. I […]

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OpenSprinkler Raspberry Pi and Arduino Based Open Source Irrigation

We’re well into summer now, in this hemisphere at least, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a region that gets enough sun to need it, then here’s an open source sprinkler and irrigation system just for you. OpenSprinkler is the creation of Ray Wang and  Chris Anderson (former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and now the CEO […]

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Bargain: 200Mbps Powerline Adapter Twin Pack Under £20

You’ve probably found your home LAN expanding over the last few years as more and more devices use IP networks. Unless you’ve been lucky enough to flood wire your home you’re probably relying a lot on wireless networking. But sometimes you need your network extended reliably and nothing comes close to the convenience of a plug-and-play Powerline module. The TP-Link […]

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Keene IR Anywhere KIRA-CC IP Contact Closure Module with IR & RS232

The guys at Keene Electronics have an interesting new smart home controller in the works. The KIRACC Contact Closure module provides a number of ways to control your devices via your local network and across the Internet. Keene say commands can be issued simply by accessing the built in web pages via any device with a browser. […]

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Honeywell Reveal New ‘Lyric’ Smart Home Thermostat, Coming to the UK

Earlier this week Honeywell revealed its new smart home Wi-Fi thermostat in the USA. The ‘Lyric’ controls heating and cooling from its LED-illuminated ring. The built-in proximity sensor turns on the display as you approach and shows the current temperature along with the current heating or cooling status.  Its ‘halo ring’ glows orange for heating, blue for cooling and of […]

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New RFXCOM RFXtrx433E Adds Somfy RTS Motor Control

We use the excellent RFXtrx433 with our Mac based Indigo home automation setup.  Now there’s a new version of the wireless smart home swiss army knife, the RFXtrx433E. This E version replaces the older model and has additional hardware that makes it possible to control Somfy RTS motors. In addition the RFXCOM unit can now work […]

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Mac Home Automation Software Specialist Rebrands as Indigo Domotics

Perceptive Automation, makers of the highly regarded Mac Home Automation software have a new name. In a move that more closely reflects their product, the company has now rebranded itself as “Indigo Domotics”. “Indigo has always represented the best in class home automation software for the do-it-yourself (DIY) market. Given the recent increase in public perception around […]

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Review: The eedomus Z-Wave Home Automation Controller

Bon soirs mes petits topinambours! Bienvenue to the Automated Home review of the latest home automation offering from France, the eedomus Z-Wave Controller. These things are Les Fromages Grandes in their native country by all account and Vesternet is now bringing them across the channel. We had a brief opportunity to play with one, and the […]

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