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BMW i & Loxone Team Up for Solar Powered Smart Home Charging

I went on a day trip to the Geneva Motor Show last weekend. There was some fab metal on display (here are some photos of my favs). Unsurprisingly there were many new electric vehicles at the show. Plenty I’d never heard of too like the Quantino (the yellow car in photo 13). In an announcement of interest to electric […]

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Exclusive Interview: The ZigBee Alliance on v3.0, The IoT & Affordable Sensors

ZigBee is the technology behind the SmartThings Hub, Philips Hue Lighting and many other home automation modules and sensors. We asked Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development at the ZigBee Alliance to tell us about their latest standard and what the chances are for cheaper devices… Hi Mark, can you sum up what the ZigBee Alliance is in […]

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SmartThings UK – Supported Hardware Plus the Hacks to Add More

“Log door openings to a spreadsheet”. And you thought you were a geek. Samsungs SmartThings system has been available in the UK for several months now and the current list of compatible hardware for the UK hub isn’t bad at all, and a big part of its success. But the eco-system is already growing fast and users want […]

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Video: Still Don’t Believe Skynet Will Be a Thing?

Many of us dream of a friendly domestic robot helping with the housework around the smarthome. Here’s a video of one of the latest (and scariest) anthropomorphic robots from Google owned, Boston Dynamics. A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and […]

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Loxone Motion Sensor Air is Wireless PIR for Your Smart Home

Austrian smart home specialists Loxone continue to expand their wireless range of modules with this new Motion Sensor Air The 360° device can wirelessly sense presence in your home, detecting motion and brightness. It can be powered by a 24V DC power supply or by battery (up to 2 years) for true place-it-anywhere wireless freedom. It provides information for useful […]

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Video: Ordering an Uber with the Amazon Echo

Another tease, this time the increasingly capable Echo from Amazon, another smart home product not yet available in the UK. The guys at the Verge showed how Amazon’s Echo keeps getting smarter and smarter: Alexa is able to order you a pizza, play music from Spotify and now it can order you an Uber. Come […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Belkin Mains Multi Surge + USB Charging Ports

A.B.C. Always Be Charging. We’re always on the lookout for good charging tech. Here’s a range of Belkin surge protectors that are available with either 1, 2 or 8 mains sockets plus 2 built in USB charging ports (2.4 amps shared). The 2-way unit looks particularly hotel-room friendly (checkout our Essential Travel Tech), and should be ideal for your […]

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My Automated Home: Domoticz Powered Open Source Smart Home

Our latest “My Automated Home” story comes from Ian Gardner and his Domoticz powered smart home. My home automation journey started around 12 years ago with a single PC running Fedora Linux, motion and a single USB webcam watching over my driveway. It was all thanks to a friend and work colleague (Steve L) who inspired me to […]

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Weekend: Top 45 Movies from Automated Home Forum Members

Last month we ran a competition on the Automated Home Forums asking members to vote for their all-time favourite movies. So if you’re looking for some inspiration on what to watch this weekend, here’s 45 ideas to try… Top Rated Movies The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 14 Votes Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – 10 Votes […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Win a Yale Z-Wave Smart Lock Worth £190

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. This time we’re giving away a Yale Z-Wave Smart Lock Worth £190! The Yale Smart Living range is designed to secure, monitor and control your home with a range of smart […]

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