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Sky Q Review: An Installation Story & Real World Impressions

Right from its launch we reckoned the new Sky Q system sounded like just what we needed at the Automated Home so we placed our order the first day it became available. It’s been 10 days since it was installed, so is this the 21st Century TV experience we were hoping for or is it all a bit of a […]

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Smart Shades Solar Powered Bluetooth Blind Motor Controlled from your Phone

Originally crowd funded (and raising 874% of its goal), Smart Shades is a clever little Bluetooth blind controller. The motor unit attaches to the cord of your shades and you can control multiple blinds from the smartphone app (Android and iOS). As well as manual control you can use the app to set daily or weekly […]

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Video: First Tesla Powerwall System Installation on TV

This Ozzy TV Show claims to have the first televised Tesla Powerwall installation. Walt & Dani from Channel 10’s Healthy Homes recently paid a visit while we were installing a Tesla Powerwall home battery system. Get more from your solar power system. There are a lots of interesting DIY projects to build a home Powerwall around. If I was building the Automated […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 19-Inch Rack Vertical Wall Mount Bracket

I needed a 24 port switch mounted in a tight space against a wall recently and got this useful bracket to do the job. The StarTech 19-Inch Steel Vertical Wall Mount Equipment Rack Bracket (RK119WALLV) allows network devices, power strips and patch panels etc to be mounted vertically against a wall to save space. It can also […]

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Video: UK Smart Home Doorbell from Ding Labs

We talked to Ding Labs co-founder, Avril O’Neil at this years Gadget Show Live. Ding is a doorbell system that links to your smartphone so you don’t miss an important caller or delivery at your door, whether you’re in the back garden or in another country. The wireless system also links to an Chime module […]

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Opinion: Is the Tesla Model 3 the Tipping Point for the EV

Last year Tesla announced the Powerwall, a smart home battery mainly aimed at storing the energy from your renewables to use when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Better know for their cars though, Tesla’s electric vehicle master plan has always been a three pronged attack. First, the low volume, high priced Roadster. […]

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Fibaro Swipe Brings Z-Wave Gesture Control to your Smart Home

We got our hands on the new Fibaro Swipe for the first time at the Gadget Show Live last weekend. The device looks like a regular photo frame, but behind the picture of your choice lies some gesture detecting smarts plus a Z-Wave Plus radio. Now a wave of your hand can trigger any number of responses from your […]

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Video: Smart Home Tech to Live Smarter, Cooler, Better

Here’s a couple of quick videos from last weekends Gadget Show Live in the NEC, Birmingham David McClelland and John Mason present “Live Smarter, Cooler, Better” and show some of the latest smart home and entertainment tech. gadgetshowlive.net  :  New Smart Home Gear Want More? – Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, or subscribe to our RSS feed. You can […]

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Aeotec Door Window Sensor 6 is Minimal Z-Wave Plus Device from Aeon Labs

The new Aeotec Door / Window Sensor 6 is a Z-Wave Plus sensor from Aeon Labs that’s designed with a minimal look to fade into the background, rather than stick out like a sore thumb. To aid with that the 9 x 72 mm ABS plastic body has been designed to be painted so you can colour it to blend […]

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Remotec ZRC-90 is Removable Wall Mount Z-Wave Scene Controller

The ZRC-90 from Remotec is a new Z-Wave Scene Controller. Its 8 buttons can be used to trigger actions and scenes in your central Z-Wave controller. The unit comes with a wall mount bracket and its battery power means it can be sited almost anywhere around your home (2 x AAA batteries give ~ 1 year […]

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