Tag Archives: Featured

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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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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Can I Automate My Home Without Going Out On The Internet?

*+-Watching back the Tech Guy podcast from a couple of weekends ago this question came up from a listener. Can I Automate My Home Without Going Out On The Internet? Is this something you’d want to do too? While tech companies work hard to put more of our systems online it seems there are some […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Smartphone Car Mount

*+-Since getting my big-ass phone (update: I’ll never go back to a smaller screen) I needed something suitable to hold it in my car. My affliction with always trying to get the best tool for the job means I have to research these things to the nth degree, but I’m glad I did as there’s a […]

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Loxone Reveals Nano IO Air Plus Touch for Nano

*+-The guys at Loxone have brought you more retro-fittable goodness in the shape of two new wireless products for your home automation system. The ‘Nano IO Air’ is a £90 wireless relay and I/O module that features two 5A relays plus six integrated digital inputs. These provide plenty of opportunities for the integration of switches, door contacts, water detectors […]

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GreenIQ Smart Irrigation Hub is “Nest for the Garden”

*+-Israeli IoT startup GreenIQ produces what they describe as a “Nest for the Garden”. The smart hub for the outdoors controls irrigation based on current and predicted weather conditions and claims savings of up to 50% in its customers monthly water bills. Green fingered home owners can remotely control their irrigation systems and garden lighting from anywhere at […]

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Loxone Touch Air Is Retrofit Anywhere Touch Switch For Your Smart Home

*+-One of the shortcomings of the Loxone home automation system has been its reliance on switches from third parties. But today they’ve have fixed that with the unveiling of the new Loxone Touch Air. The switch has 5 separately addressable touch regions and can control pretty much any aspect of your smart home setup. They won’t look out of […]

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Review: Xclaim Wireless AP – Enterprise Class 801.11ac Wi-Fi For Your Home?

*+-The Automated Home Wi-Fi network is critical. If there’s even a blip in service the family seem to go into melt down. More and more devices are hanging off our wireless LAN, laptops, smartphones, tablets, IP CCTV Cameras, Energy Monitors, Weather Stations the list goes on, so it needs to be fast, far-reaching and reliable. […]

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Tesla Launch Powerwall Home Battery [Updated with Video]

*+-Elon Musk, what a guy, you gotta love him for this alone. The modern day tech hero has confirmed Tesla’s worst kept secret of recent times – the launch of a new battery for your home. The Tesla Powerwall home battery is designed to do several things. Firstly it operates like one giant UPS, guaranteeing power for your […]

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