Qubino – The Smallest Z-Wave Modules in the World

Qubino Z-Wave modules are a new edition to the home automation scene from Slovenia. Qubino claim the modules are “the smallest Z-wave microcontrollers in the world” and offer a range of units including Dimmers and Relays for controlling lights, shutters and other electrical devices around your home. The units include support for connecting a digital temperature sensor […]

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Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2014

2014 really was the year you went bonkers for heating controls. There are no less than 7 posts in our top 20 based on these technologies and our Heating Forums have been buzzing. A special mention at number 17, for Chris Hunter’s series on his incredible Idratek powered Smart Home (look out for the third and final instalment coming early in the […]

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Belkin WeMo Insight Switch Controls & Monitors Your Appliances Remotely

Belkin has announced the UK availability of the WeMo Insight Switch. The plugin module allows UK homeowners to control their electronics and monitor their energy consumption remotely with the WeMo app (available for iOS and Android). The Insight Switch uses 802.11n Wi-Fi to send notifications when connected devices are turned on or off, letting you know […]

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LightwaveRF Reveals New MP3 Playing Door Chime

Wireless smart home tech manufacturer LightwaveRF has added a range of four new door chimes to their existing lighting, heating and power control products. The door chime kits come complete with clear and precise installation instructions and are available in four variations; Portable, Wire-Free, Wire-Free Plug In and Wire-Free MP3. With an operating range of […]

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Smart Apartment in Londons Mayfair

UK distributors, AWE supply a lot of gear to the custom installation trade. Here’s one of the latest smart home installations using their kit , by HA specialists EasyComp. Make sure to click the photo of that rack below for some home automation porn. A stunning apartment in London’s exclusive Mayfair has undergone dramatic renovation, transforming an […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Remote Control Colour Changing LED Light Bulb

Here’s a gadget that could be a hit over the holidays.  The Auraglow is an inexpensive remote control colour changing 10W LED lightbulb that’s available in B22 Bayonet or E27 Screw fittings. Tell yourself you bought it for its energy-saving properties, then burn it all night changing colours (and moods) as you please. While there are […]

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The UK’s Smartest Home? Part 2

Here’s the second part of our series on what may well be the UK’s Smartest Home (make sure to read Part 1 first). Over to Chris Hunter to take us through the next instalment on his amazing Idratek powered home automation system… In Part I, we gave an overview of what we’d done, the self-build and the automation. […]

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Video: Thinking Cleaner Adds Apple HomeKit & WiFi to your Roomba

Lets face it we’d all love a domestic robot, and while we wait for C-3PO many of us have settled for a Vacuum-bot to start off with. Now the new Thinking Cleaner Kickstarter project is aimed at building an add-on for your iRobot Roomba 500/600 or 700/800 to make it a bit smarter, more useful and […]

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Review: Honeywell evohome Wireless Smart Home Heating Controls

We took a look at the new Honeywell evohome when it was announced last Autumn, but there’s no substitute for living with a system to see what it’s really like.  So when Honeywell asked us if we’d like to replace our HomeTronic system with the new evohome we jumped at the chance. To recap, this […]

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New VeraEdge Z-Wave Home Automation Controller

The new VeraEdge is a fully featured smart home gateway with an integrated WiFi router. The little home automation controller is around 4 inches wide and is powered by a 600MHz MIPS SoC with 128MB of flash memory and 128MB of RAM. Round the back is a single Ethernet LAN port and a USB port. The unit incorporates the latest […]

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