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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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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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ComfortClick bOS – The Operating System for Buildings Launches on Indiegogo

ComfortClick have announced plans to launch what they describe as “the first building operating system”. ComfortClick bOS will allow users to connect and control any home device from their smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android or Windows) and will feature a building automation app store where users will be able to obtain plugins for communication protocols such as KNX, Z-Wave, […]

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The Home Kit Framework – Details on Apple’s Home Automation Protocol

When Automated Home launched in 1996 there were only a handful of smart home systems out there – and none of them worked together. But things have moved on. Now there are literally hundreds of home automation systems – which don’t work with each other. Each week seems to produce another Kickstarter smart home system. It […]

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