Crestron Launches Enhanced LED Fixtures Range

Here’s the skinny from Crestron on their new range of LED lighting fixtures… Crestron has announced the latest enhancements to their line of LEDs. The new, condensed range consisting of six fixtures is now available to order across the EMEA region. All Crestron LEDs (CLEDs) replicate the smooth dimming curve, colour temperature and lumen output […]

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SwiidInter Cord Switch Converts Any Lamp to Z-Wave

The makers of the new ‘SwiidInter’ claim it’s the first remote controlled cord switch which can be used manually like any classic switch and also be activated remotely via your Z-Wave home automation network. We got our hands on a pre-production sample of the Swiid Cord Switch - see our quick Vine video below – and it’s […]

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Video: Android Wear Home Automation Control from your Watch

A few weeks ago Google announced Android Wear at their i/o developers conference. Now one user has shown a home automation setup being controlled from his Android smart watch. Lucky for me, Android Wear works out of the box with João Dias’s AutoApps (http://joaoapps.com), including AutoVera, AutoVoice, and AutoNotification. To pass the voice command back to Android, […]

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HD Digital RF Modulator Creates “FreeView Channel” from HDMI Source

The Antiference DMHD01 is configurable as a DVB-T or DVB-C modulator or as an IP streamer for use in IPTV systems for multicast streaming. It will take an HDMI source, encode it as a digital high definition channel and transmit it over your Coax just like a FreeView channel. Ideal for taking say your SkyHD or your […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: SleepPhones Headphones for Bed

It’s not often that something soft and fluffy makes it to the gadget of the week section but bear with me. I love podcasts (I even used to make some) and I listen a lot of them in bed. I’ve used in-ear buds and my trusty wireless Sennheiser headphones, but neither are anything approaching comfortable to wear in bed. […]

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The UK’s Smartest Home? Part 1

The home of Chris and Clare Hunter has a traditional stone exterior that belies the all-encompassing smart home system that resides within. A house that makes intelligent autonomous decisions rather than rely on its occupants to operate remote controls. Dr Karam from Idratek takes us through this incredible installation, their most comprehensive to date… In a recent article we described an IDRATEK installation in […]

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Review: Brydge+ with Speakers iPad Keyboard

The Brydge iPad keyboard and case started off life as a Kickstarter campaign.  Raising almost $800K on a target of just $90K it was a spectacular success. A couple of years have passed and the company is now under new ownership, with new retail distribution and pricing. The Brydge iPad case is made from aerospace grade anodised aluminium. It’s […]

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Our Tour of Cornflake’s Stunning London Smart Apartment

A couple of minutes walk from a busy bustling Oxford Street, in London’s West End, is an oasis of calm. I visited the Cornflake Smart App-artment on a sunny day in July and its relaxing ambiance was a welcomed break from the heat and the crowds. Beneath its unassuming glass facade lies a contemporary mock-home. Opened just over […]

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Jibo: Rise of the Social Robot

‘Otto’ the little robot logo for Automated Home has always been our ultimate symbol of the far distant smart home future. Who doesn’t want a robot, right? Now MIT Professor, Dr Cynthia Breazeal has formed a company with a team that may just bring us Otto MkI. The JIBO is billed as “The World’s First Family […]

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Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home

‘Thread’ is a new IP-based wireless networking protocol for the smart home. Nest and Samsung are Thread Group founding members along with Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM. Thread recon there needs to be a low power mesh network in your home, in addition to Wi-Fi, that allows networked devices without requiring constant […]

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